Practice of Clinical Medicine

Thanks to our alumni and community physicians, first- and second-year students in the medical school have the chance to interact with patients as early as their first month on campus-putting newly gained knowledge to use in a hands-on environment.

The school’s Practice of Clinical Medicine (PCM) program pairs each student with a preceptor in the community for two afternoons a month. Of the more than 200 preceptors who participate in the PCM course, nearly half are M.D. or housestaff alums of the medical school. Read below to learn more about this program.

Welcome

Welcome to the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Dear First-Year Medical Student,

Welcome to the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine!

Throughout your first 18 months of medical school, you will participate in the Practice of Clinical Medicine (PCM) course. The PCM course teaches basic clinical skills such as professionalism, medical interviewing, physical diagnosis, and clinical reasoning. The course is designed to correlate with your basic science course work and consists of hands-on small group learning, simulated patient workshops, and a community preceptorship.

Small group learning

Your small group will consist of approximately 10 students who meet on campus every other week on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday afternoon. Each small group is led by a physician and a fourth-year medical student. During the MS1 and MS2A semesters, you will also participate in simulated patient workshops approximately every other 

One-on-one preceptorship

During the MS2B semester, you will meet off campus with your preceptor every other week on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday afternoon. Your preceptor will be a physician who teaches medical students in the practice setting, providing opportunities to reinforce and practice clinical skills.

The PCM staff looks forward to working with you! We hope you will find the course to be an exciting introduction to the practice of medicine.

Contact Us

VCU School of Medicine Practice of Clinical Medicine contacts

Office Address

Practice of Clinical Medicine
VCU School of Medicine
Physical address: 1201 E. Marshall Street, Suite 5-306
Mailing address: Box 980311
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0311
Phone: (804) 828-6791
Fax: (804) 828-6792

Faculty and Staff

Practice of Clinical Medicine faculty and staff contacts

Susan DiGiovanni, M.D.

Susan DiGiovanni, M.D.

Course Director

Susan DiGiovanni, M.D.

Susan DiGiovanni, M.D.

Course Director

Practice of Clinical

Phone: (804) 827-1743

Email: susan.digiovanni@vcuhealth.org

Kimberly A. Pedram, M.D.

Kimberly A. Pedram, M.D.

Associate Course Dir

Kimberly A. Pedram, M.D.

Kimberly A. Pedram, M.D.

Associate Course Dir

Internal Medicine

Phone: (804) 828-6791

Email: kimberly.pedram@vcuhealth.org

Alice Wong, M.D.

Alice Wong, M.D.

Associate Course Dir

Alice Wong, M.D.

Alice Wong, M.D.

Associate Course Dir

Internal Medicine

Phone: (804) 828-6791

Email: alice.wong@vcuhealth.org

Elizabeth P. Marlowe, Ph.D.

Elizabeth P. Marlowe, Ph.D.

Education Director

Elizabeth P. Marlowe, Ph.D.

Elizabeth P. Marlowe, Ph.D.

Education Director

Practice of Clinical

Phone: (804) 828-6670

Email: elizabeth.marlowe@vcuhealth.org

Dennis Henson

Dennis Henson

Education Specialist

Dennis Henson

Dennis Henson

Education Specialist

Practice of Clinical

Phone: (804) 828-5525

Email: dennis.henson@vcuhealth.org

Magdalena Marshall

Magdalena Marshall

Education Coordinator

Magdalena Marshall

Magdalena Marshall

Education Coordinator

Practice of Clinical Medicine

Phone: (804) 828-6791

Email: magdalena.marshall@vcuhealth.org

Judy Gary, M.Ed.

Judy Gary, M.Ed.

Family Medicine Prec

Judy Gary, M.Ed.

Judy Gary, M.Ed.

Family Medicine Prec

Family Medicine

Phone: (804) 828-5685

Email: judy.gary@vcuhealth.org