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There is a shortage of primary care physicians both nationally and in Virginia. This problem is multi-factorial and in large part beyond the control of our department. However, in order to address some of the local cultural issues that contribute to this, we developed the fmSTAT program. At VCU SOM and most other academic medical centers, family medicine interested students receive little support and sometimes direct challenge regarding career choice. fmSTAT is VCU's initiative to promote a supportive culture to attract and produce family physician graduates.
To develop a program to attract, support and retain family medicine committed students to our school.
To identify and select family medicine committed students through the VCU School of Medicine admissions process.
To provide specialized relevant curriculum and experiences.
To create a culture of support and mentorship for fmScholars.
To evaluate the potential impact of this intervention on overall VCU FM match rates.
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