The mission of the International/Inner City/Rural Preceptorship program (I2CRP) is to increase the number of primary care physicians practicing in rural, urban, and international underserved communities. The I2CRP program strives to meet this mission by better preparing student doctors to provide quality, compassionate care to medically underserved populations.

I2CRP Program Overview

Students participate in unique learning experiences throughout all four years of their undergraduate medical education.

Students participate in unique learning experiences throughout all four years of their undergraduate medical education. Through a combination of didactics, discussion, reflection, community experiences, and clinical preceptorships, students explore and apply foundational concepts of community-oriented primary care, systems based practice, cultural competency, social determinants of health, and health equity

I2CRP Honors ElectiveProgram Goals

Students will:

  • Enhance their knowledge of underserved patient populations and their communities, both domestically and abroad.
  • Enhance and/or develop the skills necessary to provide high quality, compassionate care to underserved patients and their communities.

Program Logistics

During the MS1 and MS2 semesters, students participate in:

  • 6-week honors elective courses during the spring and fall semesters;
  • An optional clinical elective in an underserved setting during the spring of MS2a;
  • a clinical preceptorship in an urban or rural underserved setting as part of the Practice of Clinical Medicine course;
  • Journal club sessions; and
  • Grand Rounds sessions on topics related to the lived experiences and care of medically underserved populations.

During the third year, students complete core clinical rotations in community-based, underserved settings in family medicine, pediatrics, ambulatory medicine, and general surgery.

During the fourth year, students complete a community immersion month and a community-based scholarly project.

Program OverviewApplication

The International/Inner City/Rural Preceptorship program is open to all MS1 students currently enrolled at the VCU School of Medicine. Up to 24 seats are awarded within each class on a competitive basis. The application deadline is October 15 at 11:59 PM.

The electronic application will be available in the "Student Records" section of the VCU SOM eCurriculum from August 15 - October 15. Click on the "I2CRP Application" link from the subsequent navigation menu.

The admissions procedure includes submitting an on-line application, including two essays. Each essay should address the following questions:

Essay 1:

  • Why are you interested in working with medically underserved communities?
  • What previous exposure, if any, have you had to underserved communities (urban, rural or international)?
  • What service experiences have you had?
  • What do you hope to gain from participating in this program?

Essay 2:

  • Describe the career you envision for yourself as a practicing physician and how your practice will enable you to address the needs of medically underserved communities.

Students are accepted into the program based on a demonstrated interest in working with medically underserved populations. Applicants with a demonstrated interest in entering primary care (family medicine, general pediatrics, general internal medicine, or medicine / pediatrics) as well as national workforce priority disciplines (psychiatry, obstetrics & gynecology, and general surgery) will be given weighted consideration.

For additional information, contact Mary Lee Magee in the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health at marylee.magee@vcuhealth.org.

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