GME: Training Physician Leaders
VCU Health is a vibrant, diverse and dynamic community comprised of five health sciences schools, the Children’s Hospital of Richmond, the Massey Cancer Center and the only Level 1 Trauma Center in Central Virginia.
Critical to the success of our institution is the Graduate Medical Education program. With more than 750 residents and fellows representing 91 specialties, we are steadfastly committed to training the next generation of physician leaders.
The Residency Experience
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Residency & Fellowship Programs
Click on the titles below to access additional residency and fellowship program information. Click the read more links to visit departmental websites.
Formerly known to many as the Medical College of Virginia (MCV), VCU Health has continued its predecessor’s traditions and dedication to training strong clinicians. Our program’s mission to train great clinicians and future experts in the field of Anesthesiology is evident through expanding departmental research, dedication to didactic teaching, and complex clinical experiences.
Under the leadership of our Chair, Dr. John Butterworth, our program is becoming a national leader in Anesthesia training. In the first month of the CA-1 (PGY-2) year, residents are paired with a senior resident or an experienced CRNA in the initial exposure to the OR anesthesia environment.
Read more about the Anesthesiology Residency Program
The adult cardiothoracic anesthesiology fellowship program provides advanced education and clinical experience at the CA-4 level in providing care for patients undergoing invasive and minimally invasive surgical procedures of the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems. Candidates will have successfully completed anesthesiology training at an ACGME accredited residency program. One of the main goals of the program is for our fellows to successfully complete the requirements for certification in Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE), including passage of the PTEeXAM.
Read more about the Anesthesiology Fellowship Program
General Practice Residency in Dental Medicine - Program Overview
The General Practice Residency in Dental Medicine is a two-year postdoctoral training program at the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia. Residents develop the experience and skills needed for total care of the dental patient, emphasizing management of patients with a variety of complicating medical conditions. Residents will perform all aspects of Dentistry including Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics, Dental Implant placement and restoration, surgical and non-surgical Periodontics, Endodontics, Oral Surgery and Restorative Dentistry. Treatment is delivered in the facilities of the McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center, with some rotations at the VCU Hospital and the School of Dentistry. Medical rotations will include Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and Endoscopy. The faculty includes representatives from each of the dental specialties, and consulting physicians. Competence in the evaluation and management of patients with medical disorders is a major objective of the training program.
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The VCU Department of Dermatology offers a three-year residency program that leads to eligibility for certification by the American Board of Dermatology. Residency begins with the PGY-2 year and must be preceded by a broad-based clinical year in an ACGME-accredited program or similar program accredited in Canada. Currently, there are two residency slots per year and applicants are usually accepted a year in advance.
The residency furnishes trainees with the educational and practical experience necessary to provide outstanding medical care to a diverse patient population who present with a wide variety of skin conditions. Training takes place primarily at VCU Medical Center, its associated clinics and the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center.
Residents have the opportunity to rotate through the offices of several community physicians who provide subspecialty training in pediatric care and cosmetic procedures. This provides a well-balanced experience of both the academic clinic setting and the private clinic setting; each supplying different kinds of challenges and features. Opportunities to conduct research also are available.
Residents in VCU’s dermatology residency program will complete their training with a comprehensive educational foundation. From the varying clinical settings and didactic sessions to the diverse patient population, residents have the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills needed to excel in the field of dermatology.
Our residency program offers residents the opportunity to work and learn in an urban hospital setting surrounded by some of the brightest medical minds in the country. VCU — the only Level 1 trauma center in Central Virginia — provides care for approximately 95,000 patients each year, including 4,000 trauma victims, which allows our residents to develop excellent resuscitation and critical care skills.
Our curriculum relies on educational experiences within the Emergency Department and the various intensive care units. The program also provides focused training in the specialty areas of emergency medicine, including toxicology, emergency medical services, the clinical decision unit and pediatric emergency medicine.
The program’s solid foundation stems from our faculty and staff, who are always there to help our residents reach their full potential as physicians. We seek to instill the highest professional standards in our residents so they may go on to provide top-quality care in hospitals around the country, as well as advance the specialty of emergency medicine through scholarly activity and research.
Read more about Emergency Medicine Residency Program
The Department of Emergency Medicine offers post-residency fellowships that last between one and three years, depending on the specialty. Fellows in Medical Toxicology, Ultrasound, Emergent Cardiac Care, Clinical Resuscitation and EMS, are given a faculty appointment as a clinical instructor in emergency medicine and perform clinical shifts as an attending physician at the Adult Emergency Department at VCU Medical Center, a busy Level 1 trauma center. For Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellows, please see separate section.
Our fellows receive a competitive salary, plus benefits, and also have the opportunity to enroll in the M.P.H., M.H.A., M.B.A. or M.S. program during their fellowships.
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One of the unique and exciting features of family medicine at VCU is that our programs are not attached to our large tertiary medical center, but are unique and individualized sites around the state of Virginia. Each program trains its graduates to practice across the full spectrum of potential practice sites, but we have programs that appeal to a wide variety of students with individual personal interests. Do you want to be a rural doctor with the joys associated with life in a small town? Then the Shenandoah residency or the St. Francis-Blackstone rural residency track is the place for you. Are you looking for a suburban practice close to a major metropolitan area? Our Fairfax and Riverside programs fit the bill. In addition, residents in the St. Francis program enjoy a suburban southern community just outside the state capital. All of our programs provide strong academics, committed faculty and exciting colleagues, and each has a unique personality and setting.
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Our mission is simple - to train the well-rounded internist of the future: competent, caring, compassionate and confident in the practice of Internal Medicine. We focus on five pillars of competency in training – clinical, scholarship, teaching, leadership, resilience. By developing the essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes in all pillars, our graduates are well-prepared to take their next career steps whether entering practice, pursuing further degrees or training, or entering a specialty. Importantly, our residents will tell you that they are challenged daily in a collaborative and supportive environment.
Read more about Internal Medicine Residency Program
The Department of Internal Medicine offers training in all of its major subspecialties. The VCU Medical Center and the affiliated Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center provide excellent venues for subspecialty training. Large inpatient and outpatient populations provide a rich clinical experience for fellows and a large faculty with varied academic interests provides fellows with numerous opportunities in basic and clinical research. Additional resources at VCU include a National Institutes of Health-sponsored Clinical Research Center and the NCI-sponsored Massey Cancer Center. The Department of Biostatistics offers the Master of Science as well as a Certificate in Clinical Research and Biostatistics.
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Internal Medicine-Emergency Medicine
Internal Medicine-Emergency Medicine Residency Program
The combined EM-IM residency program at VCU is an expansion of the existing and well established EM and IM residencies & began training in July, 2011. Our program grew out of the realization that there is going to be an ever increasing need for dual trained physicians in the changing landscape of modern healthcare. We are the 12th IM-EM program in the country, and accept two residents per year.
Our program's clinical training, like the respective parent programs, is at both VCU Medical Center and McGuire VA Medical Center. Both sites benefit from excellent full time teaching faculty and offer unique patient care settings and patient populations. The Department of Emergency Medicine has several EM-IM and EM-Critical Care faculty who will provide outstanding mentorship to the program residents.
Graduates of EM-IM programs have traditionally accepted academic positions and a growing number are now able to utilize both aspects of their training. The EM-IM faculty at VCU work shifts in the ED, the observation unit, as well as attend on the wards. Our program prepares our trainees for any of the limitless career options available to them at graduation. One unique niche for the EM-IM practitioner is the management of ED Observation Units that can mitigate long wait times and ED overcrowding. Other common paths taken by EM-IM graduates include research, academic and administrative positions, research, and subspecialty training in Internal Medicine and/or Emergency Medicine.
Late in the Second year of training, residents will pick a specific direction they would like their training to take based on the future career goals. The EM-IM schedule has been designed to allow the unique residents drawn to the program the ability to tailor their training appropriate to the many varied paths they may take. There are pre existing tracks in both the Emergency Medicine program and the Internal Medicine program that residents can choose. Alternatively, residents can tailor their training with a large selection of EM-IM specific rotations that correspond with the unique career paths the combined residents take.
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Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program
The Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program at VCU Health was founded in 1989 and has a rich tradition of training exceptional internists and pediatricians. The program's innovative, competency-based curriculum allows residents to develop expertise in both disciplines. Residents receive integrated clinical and didactic training from housestaff and faculty in the categorical and combined programs, as well as faculty with active practices in internal medicine and pediatrics.
As a resident in our program, you’ll benefit from our mission to:
- Produce compassionate physicians capable of delivering high quality internal medicine and pediatric care to their patients
- Create a supportive learning environment which allows academic and personal growth
- Prepare our housestaff for careers in primary care or for advancement to subspecialty training or academic careers
- Prepare our housestaff for lifelong learning in the context of a rapidly changing health care environment
Read more about the Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program.
Neurology Residency Programs
Adult Neurology Residency: The Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Neurology offers a three-year advanced adult neurology residency that trains 24 residents per year; eight residents each at the PGY-2, PGY-3 and PGY-4 levels. All applicants accepted into our neurology program are also guaranteed internal medicine internships at Virginia Commonwealth University. The Adult Neurology Residency Program, led by Scott Vota, D.O., residency director, and Soundarya Gowda, M.B.B.S., associate residency director, emphasizes excellence in clinical neurology.
Child Neurology Residency: The Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Neurology’s division of Child Neurology trains three fellows per year — one from each PGY level. The child neurology fellowship, led by Syndi Seinfeld, D.O., allows increasing patient care responsibility across three years of training. During the first year, emphasis is on bedside anatomic localization and clinical diagnosis — the foundations of clinical neurology. In addition, the modern clinical neuroscientist must be well-versed in the most up-to-date and technical neurodiagnostic procedures. To this end, all trainees will develop expertise in neuropathology, neuroradiology, clinical neurophysiology, neuro-ophthalmology, neuro-intensive care and adult neurology through daily conferences and mandatory clinical rotations. Elective experience in pediatric neuro-rehabilitation is also available. Major NIH foundation- and university-funded programs provide research opportunities at the clinical and basic laboratory levels for the senior fellows.
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Neurology Fellowship Programs
The Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Neurology offers four Fellowship Programs.
Neuromuscular Fellowship: The Department of Neurology at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center offers a one-year neuromuscular fellowship, led by Kathleen Pearson, M.D., and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Those who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the Added Qualification in Neuromuscular Medicine Exam offered by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Neurophysiology Fellowship: The Department of Neurology’s clinical neurophysiology laboratory at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center offers a one-year fellowship, led by Lawrence D. Morton, M.D., and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Those who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the Added Qualification in Clinical Neurophysiology Exam offered by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Epilepsy Fellowship: The academic role of Epilepsy clinics is to familiarize fellows with epilepsy disorders or mimetic conditions in pediatric and adult population. Fellows will learn the etiology, pathophysiologic process, clinical presentation, differential diagnosis, diagnostic work up and therapeutic management of epilepsy disorders as well as the social aspects of the disease. Epilepsy clinics will provide fellows expertise needed to manage full spectrum of epilepsy disorders mainly in an outpatient setting but also in the context of inpatient emergencies. Our EEG laboratories are located at both the VCU Medical Center and the Hunter Holmes Mcguire VA Medical Center. Fellows will spend 6 months in the EEG laboratory and another 6 months in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit.
Vascular Neurology Fellowship: Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center offers an ACGME approved comprehensive one-year fellowship in Vascular Neurology. This one-year program provides comprehensive training in the inpatient and outpatient management of cerebrovascular disorders under the supervision of an internationally renowned faculty. Fellows will have the option to choose from one of two tracks. Our academic track involves training at VCU Medical Center in Downtown Richmond. We are a comprehensive stroke center with an average of 1000 stroke patients a year. We have amongst the highest rates and fastest times of IV tPA administration as well as stroke intervention. Our community track offers training in collaboration with Winchester Medical Center located in Winchester, Virginia. WMC is a Joint Commission certified primary stroke center. This is a unique setting to train in community stroke, neuroimaging and endovascular surgical neuroradiology.
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Thank you for your interest in the neurological surgery residency program at VCU Medical Center. Our seven-year program is designed to equip you with the necessary skills and experience in clinical and operative neurosurgery, as well as to educate you on the basic sciences and laboratory techniques needed to embark on an academic career. Upon completion of the program, you will be able to make important career choices, confident in the broad-based clinical and laboratory training you have received here.
As a resident at VCU, you will be given progressive clinical responsibility based on your acquisition of knowledge and skills, have access to significant opportunities to conduct focused research and participate in an active clinical environment with state-of-the-art facilities.
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Obstetrics & Gynecology (OBGYN)
When compared to VCU Health’s ob-gyn residency program, few other similar programs in the country can provide the same depth of experience or the widely divergent areas of study and practice as VCU Health. And fewer still have our long history and outstanding reputation for patient care, teaching and research. It’s all the result of an intentional collaboration of respected, recognized clinicians and their dual focus on mentoring each resident and caring for each patient.
As a resident, you’re part of this rich history and benefactor of our program’s successes. You’ll have unparalleled access to ob-gyn specialists and sub-specialists, to advanced equipment and facilities, and to the patient volume to give you hands-on experience and responsibility in all areas of obstetrics and gynecology. Our patients turn to us for care because of our reputation for quality and compassion. And we prepare our residents to provide highly advanced care for these women and their families, and so to meet exciting, life-changing challenges.
As a VCU Health resident in ob-gyn, you’ll learn and participate in care related to:
- benign gynecology
- bladder dysfunction
- cancer care
- diagnostic ultrasonography
- emergency services
- family planning
- general obstetrics
- genetics counseling
- gynecologic endocrinology
- high-risk obstetrics
- outpatient surgery
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The Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Ophthalmology offers a 36-month resident training program that includes 100 percent faculty supervision in all clinics, laser suites and operating rooms. The program offers a diverse patient population and extensive surgical experience. All residents produce an independent research project that can be presented at a national meeting. In addition, they perform a scholarly activity that is presented at a year-end research day conference. Our goal is to produce well-trained, ethical and compassionate physicians and surgeons. Recent graduates have obtained prestigious fellowship positions, full-time university academic appointments and successful private practice opportunities.
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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program
The residency program at the VCU Medical Center is designed to train superior oral and maxillofacial surgeons who are capable of practicing the wide scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery in a comprehensive, ethical, compassionate, and knowledgeable manner. The educational experience is progressive, offering increasing responsibilities as residents proceed through the program and offers an environment of collegial and lifelong learning. The program is designed to provide the residents with sufficient didactic and clinical education to meet the requirements of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. All residents should be extremely well prepared for careers in clinical practice, both in academic and private practice settings.
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Each year, five new resident-physicians are accepted into the orthopaedic surgery residency program to begin their five-year training under the direction of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, Va. A majority of rotations are located at VCU Medical Center, where there are 15 full-time faculty members representing all orthopaedic subspecialties. In addition, residents rotate at other locations in the Richmond area, including Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center and St. Mary’s Hospital. Private subspecialty clinics are located at VCU Medical Center at Stony Point and VCU Sports Medicine Center.
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Adult Reconstruction Fellowship Program: Applications are now being accepted for a one-year fellowship position in Joint Replacement and Adult Reconstruction Surgery through the SF Match. The fellowship is under the direction of Dr. Gregory Golladay. This fellowship will emphasize complex revision surgery and complex primary surgery. The fellow also will supervise residents, provide didactic teaching and have an opportunity to work in a basic science and biomechanics laboratory. Applicants must be Board eligible and able to obtain medical licensure in the state of Virginia.
Hand Fellowship Program: Applications are now being accepted for a one-year fellowship position in Orthopaedic Hand Surgery. The fellowship is under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Isaacs but time will be spent with several hand and upper extremity surgeons. The fellowship is designed to offer a broad exposure to all facets of hand surgery but can be tailored towards individual interests to include increased exposure to complex shoulder and elbow trauma and reconstruction, burn surgery, or peripheral nerve and brachial plexus. The fellow will experience a variety of surgeries ranging from routine hand and wrist surgery to complex trauma and extremity reconstruction. Microsurgical exposure will include training in the microsurgery lab, free tissue transfers, replants/revascularization procedures, and nerve surgery. Fellows will have ample clinical exposure as well. Fellows will be involved in at least one research project and expected to complete at least one additional academic endeavor (review article, case report, chapter, etc.). Though VCU Orthopaedics endorses an "active learning" environment, regular didactic lessons will be an integral part of the fellowship as well. Applicants must be Board eligible and able to obtain medical licensure in the state of Virginia.
Trauma Fellowship Program: Applications are now being accepted for a one-year fellowship position in Orthopaedic Trauma through the SF Match. The fellowship is under the direction of Dr. Varatharaj Mounasamy. The VCU Medical Center has the region’s only Level I Trauma Center. The fellow will receive a broad trauma experience with emphasis on pelvic/acetabular fractures, peri-articular fractures and polytrauma management. Research through an established biomechanics lab is available. Applicants must be Board eligible and able to obtain medical licensure in the state of Virginia.
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Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. Our residency provides comprehensive training in the medical and surgical care of patients with diseases affecting the ears, upper respiratory and aerodigestive tracts, and related structures of the head and neck. We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of our graduates who have gone on to subspecialty fellowship training, academic careers, or thriving clinical practices. To accomplish our educational goals, the program provides structured clinical experience in the operating room, inpatient, and outpatient settings, didactic instruction, and research training to cover the entire scope of the specialty of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. We have incorporated technology into our residency training program to enrich the educational experience. We feel that the use of electronic texts and learning tools assists our residents during their progression through milestones in training.
The program is five years long including the structured PGY-1 year (see Program Overview). There are two positions available per year, filled through the National Resident Matching Program (see Application and Interview Process).
The program is centered at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center (VCUMC) in downtown Richmond. This is a busy level I trauma center with over 700 beds, 30 operating rooms between the main and ambulatory operating rooms, and over 80,000 emergency visits per year. The Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery outpatient clinic is located in the Nelson Clinic building, while the Head and Neck Tumor Clinic is located in the Massey Cancer Center. The Department also has satellite outpatient facilities at the Stony Point Specialty Surgical Center located about ten miles west of VCUMC, and in Colonial Heights, Virginia about 15 miles south of VCUMC.
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The Department of Pathology offers ACGME-accredited residency training in Anatomic, Clinical, or combined Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. In addition, fellowship training is offered in Surgical Pathology, Cytopathology, Neuropathology, Molecular Genetic Pathology, Hematopathology, and Forensic Pathology (at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner).
The AP-CP programs provide residents with the training needed to prepare for a career in the academic or private practice of pathology. The program emphasizes the role of the pathologist as clinical consultant as well as diagnostician, educator, and manager. Core rotations include Surgical Pathology, Cytopathology, Autopsy Pathology and Neuropathology, Forensic Pathology, Transfusion Medicine, Hematopathology, Clinical Chemistry and Toxicology, Medical Microbiology, including Immunology/Virology, Molecular Diagnostics and Cytogenetics. Training is offered in Informatics and Laboratory Management. Residents are trained in fine-needle aspiration biopsies and therapeutic apheresis.
One-on-one training experience in laboratory rotations is supplemented by a full schedule of didactic conferences, "unknown" conferences, seminars, and journal club. Residents are actively involved in teaching medical students and technologists. Research opportunities are readily available and the Department offers financial support for residents presenting research projects at national meetings.
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The department offers a number of one or two-year fellowships in specialized areas of pathology for those who wish to continue their training beyond residency or to specialize in a particular area of pathology. As of this writing, the following programs are available: Forensic Pathology Fellowship (Office of the Chief Medical Examiner), Neuropathology Fellowship, Surgical Pathology, Cytopathology Fellowship, Hematopathology, and Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship.
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Established in 1934, our residency program has a long and rich history. Today, the Pediatric Residency Program at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University provides a broad and truly outstanding pediatric educational experience.
In our program, residents are provided with a comprehensive and stimulating curriculum that includes clinical care, teaching and research. Our faculty is committed to providing the highest quality education in a supportive and collegial atmosphere. The faculty, while always remaining readily and easily accessible, empowers residents to learn the critical management skills necessary to function autonomously. The residency program emphasizes balance, diversity and flexibility. It is designed to provide residents with exposure to a wide variety of pathology and patient care environments, while serving the urban, suburban and rural pediatric populations of Richmond and surrounding areas.
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As part of a major metropolitan medical center, the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s Pediatric Fellowship programs provide high-quality advanced training in specialty areas of pediatric research and practice. Graduates of our fellowship programs garner the knowledge, methods and skills that enable them to provide excellence and leadership in patient care, medical problem solving, research and education.
CHoR’s fellowship programs provide:
- Collaboration with distinguished professors who practice innovative teaching and mentoring methods that inspire a desire for lifelong learning
- Broad diversity of patients from underserved inner-city, rural and suburban communities
- Curricula designed to develop critical-thinking skills in evolving biomedical and clinical sciences
- A variety of opportunities to learn, develop and implement advanced research methods
- An integrated training experience designed to teach fellows how to balance the multiple facets of their professional lives
CHoR offers fellowship programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education in:
- Allergy and immunology
- Critical care medicine
- Hematology and oncology
- Hospital medicine
- Infectious diseases
- Neonatal medicine
- Pulmonary medicine
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Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PMR)
Our three-year, fully accredited PM&R residency program accepts six residents annually (through NRMP) and stresses comprehensive medical rehabilitation for individuals with traumatic brain injury, stroke, musculoskeletal injury, spinal cord injury, pediatric disorders, orthopedic and multitrauma injuries, along with specialty outpatient clinics for pain management, musculoskeletal, sports medicine, electrodiagnosis and orthotics/prosthetics. Upon completion of our fully accredited PM&R residency, VCU graduates demonstrate the knowledge and skills to be highly competent physiatrists and leaders in the field of PM&
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PM&R is seeking BE/BC candidates for Traumatic Brain Injury/Polytrauma (Non-ACGME accredited), Spinal Cord Injury Medicine (ACGME accredited) and Pain Management (ACGME accredited) fellowships. Upon completion of a fellowship, VCU graduates demonstrate the knowledge and skills to be highly competent specialists.
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Thank you for taking a look at VCU! We are delighted that you are interested in our program. The primary aim of our residency program is to prepare you for excellence in clinical practice. We value and cultivate an environment of learning that encourages scholarly inquiry and compassionate patient care, and integration of both the science and art of psychiatry. Our residents interact with a rich diversity of patients in numerous treatment settings in order to maximize their learning and prepare them to practice in whatever setting they wish. The clinical faculty is truly dedicated to teaching and mentorship, and provides supportive guidance to nurture resident development. We are very proud of our psychotherapy training program, which we believe is a cornerstone of your development as a psychiatrist. Faculty supervisors work with residents in multiple psychotherapy modalities, using real-time feedback to enhance resident growth starting in the second year. We aim to recruit residents into our program who value teamwork, and who are motivated to contribute to a sense of community, fostering learning in a safe and supportive environment.
Residency training is challenging, a period of intense growth and reflection. VCU is committed to helping our trainees use this time to develop their potential and become the clinicians, researchers, educators and advocates that they hope to become. We hope this website will provide you with a comprehensive overview of our program, and we look forward to having an opportunity to sharing what our program has to offer in person.
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The Department of Psychiatry of the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System is proud to offer several post-residency fellowships.
Education is an important focus of our department and we offer a wide variety of experiences to further education of future practitioners.
We offer post-residency fellowship positions in:
- Child Psychiatry
- Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
- Addiction Medicine
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The Virginia Commonwealth University Health System Radiation Oncology Residency Program is a 4-year program fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The program provides training in clinical radiation oncology, radiation physics and radiobiology. The goal of the Program is to educate and train physicians to be knowledgeable and skillful in the practice of radiation oncology and to be caring and compassionate in treating their patients. At the end of training, the residents are expected to practice radiation oncology independently without supervision. This goal is achieved with strong support from faculty members of the 3 divisions in the department: clinical oncology, medical physics, and radiobiology.
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The Department of Radiology is dedicated to developing advanced education initiatives. Our radiology residency programs directed by Drs. Josephina A. Vossen, Ryan Clayton and Gordon Morano, ensure that our 35 residents receive the most outstanding training available. We continue to attract residents who graduate at the top of their medical school classes and are recruited to some of the most competitive fellowships and medical practices upon completion of their residency. In addition to VCU Medical Center, the program is also associated with the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center, one of the VA’s flagship hospitals.
Radiology and nuclear medicine are two of the most exciting specialties in medicine today. Our ability to look into the human body has revolutionized modern medicine. Advances in computed tomography, MRI, ultrasound, PET, SPECT, interventional radiology, digital imaging and computer manipulation of diagnostic image continue to improve the accuracy of diagnoses and treatment of our patients. Marked advances in interventional techniques and radionuclide therapies are providing safer and more cost-effective treatment.
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Our Department sponsors eight to ten non-CAQ fellowships each year in a number of subspecialties, including MRI, abdominal imaging, breast imaging, chest and noninvasive cardiovascular imaging, and musculoskeletal radiology. Our Department also oversees two ACGME accredited fellowships in vascular and interventional radiology.
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Our residency program focuses on a strong clinical experience with an emphasis on evidence based medicine. VCU Medical Center is a regional leader in surgical care, and the backbone of this care are our faculty and residents. Our faculty are excited to mentor and train our residents.
We have a robust didactic curriculum, featuring protected time on Thursday mornings for resident-led didactics as well as a resident case conference. Faculty moderators are also present. Continuing this academic year is a Thursday evening Chief Resident-led review focusing on in-service and board exam training. During their time, residents also participate in a well-developed simulation curriculum in our VCU Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety. Residents have the option to spend one or two years in the lab setting while here.
Our focus is to develop our residents into competent and confident surgeons, and get them in a position to achieve their dreams. Included on this website is information about our current residents and post-residency positions.
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GME Resident & Fellow Well-Being
Graduate Medical Education training is not easy. With this Physician Well-being webpage, we first and foremost assert our commitment to your well-being, resilience and all aspects of a healthy lifestyle. VCU and VCU Health are dedicated to ensuring that you have the tools you need to be your best.
HOW ARE YOU FEELING TODAY? Checking on your emotional Health
- Take a quick screening questionnaire to see how you’re doing. Below you will find two websites that allow you to take self-screening questionnaires anonymously to screen for depression, anxiety, eating disorder, substance use, post traumatic stress disorder, and more …
YOUR MENTAL WELL-BEING
Medicine is a stressful vocation. In the midst of taking care of others’ pain and suffering, you might be inclined to ignore your own. Please don’t. Care for yourself so that you can better care for your patients. Consider the following resources:
- Improving Physician Well-Being, Restoring Meaning in Medicine https://acgme.org/What-We-Do/Initiatives/Physician-Well-Being/Resources)
- VCUHS HelpLink: 828-4EAP
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ 1-800-273-8255 and crisis text line at 741-741
- Hope Line Network: (800) 784-2433
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Find Support: https://afsp.org/find-support/
- http://www.black-bile.com/ - a website dedicated to physicians suffering from depression, and those who care about them
- Building Your Resilient Self (from the American College of Physicians): https://www.acponline.org/meetings-courses/acp-courses-recordings/acp-leadership-academy/acp-leadership-academy-webinars/building-your-resilient-selfr
- Individual Physician Well-being and Burnout Tools. A collection of Podcasts, TED Talks, blogs, apps, and more to take a deeper dive into improving your personal well-being and professional satisfaction (from the American College of Physicians): https://www.acponline.org/practice-resources/physician-well-being-and-professional-satisfaction/individual-physician-well-being-and-burnout-tools
- TED Talks for when you feel totally burned out: https://www.ted.com/playlists/245/talks_for_when_you_feel_totall
TRY A TED TALK...
- Brene Brown: Listening to Shame: https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_listening_to_shame
- Atul Gawande: How We Heal Medicine: https://www.ted.com/speakers/atul_gawande_1
- Shawn Achor: The Happy Secret to Better Work: https://www.ted.com/speakers/shawn_achor
- Brian Goldman: Doctors make mistakes: https://www.ted.com/speakers/brian_goldman
- Mindfullness in Medicine: https://vimeo.com/117306069
- Finding Joy in Medicine: https://vimeo.com/139548591
CONSIDER READING SOMETHING NOVEL...
- “On Mortality” (Atul Gawande)
- “How Doctors Think” (Jerome Groopman)
- “Critical Care” (Richard Dooling)
- “Love and Modern Medicine” (Perri Klass)
- “Still Alice” (Lisa Genova)
- “The Universe Versus Alex Woods” (Gavin Extence)
- “A History of the Present Illness” (Louise Aronson)
- “In Stitches” (Anthony Youn)
- “State of Wonder” (Ann Patchett)
- “Open City” (Teju Cole)
- “Gemini” (Carol Cassella)
- “Requiem for the Bone Man” (R.A. Communale)
- “Cutting for Stone” (Abraham Verghese)
- “Operation Wandering Soul” (Richard Powers)
- “The Resurrectionist” (Matthew Guinn)
- “Philanthropist: a Novel” (Larry Hill)
- “Dirty Work” (Gabriel Weston)
- “The Plague Tales” (Ann Benson)
- “Doctored: the Disillusionment of an American Physician” (Sandeep Jauhar)
- “On Call: A Doctor’s Days and Nights in Residency” (Emily Transue)
- “Internal Medicine: A Doctor’s Stories” (Terrence Holt)
- “What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine” (Danielle Ofri)
- “Wit: A Play” (Margaret Edelson)
- “Letters to a Young Doctor” (Richard Selzer)
- “The Doctor Stories” (Richard Selzer)
- “As I Live and Breathe: Notes of a Patient-Doctor” (Jamie Weisman)
- “The Emperor of All Maladies” (Siddhartha Mukherjee)
- “Intern: A Doctor’s Initiation” (Sandeep Jauhar)
- “Attending Children: A Doctor’s Education” (Margaret Mohrmann)
- “God’s Hotel: A Doctor, A Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine” (Victoria Sweet)
- “Final Exam” (Pauline Chen)
- “Something for the Pain: Compassion and Burnout in the ER” (Paul Austin)
- “Hot Lights, Cold Steel: Life, Death and Sleepless Nights in a Surgeon’s First Years” (Michael J Collins)
- “Between Expectations: Lessons from a Pediatric Residency” (Meghan Weir)
- “Run with the Horsemen” (Ferrol Sams)
- “When Breath Becomes Air” (Paul Kalanithi)
- “The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in the Face of Illness” (Jerome Groopman)
Doctors understand debt – perhaps more than any other occupation. One of the less pleasant results at the end of residency and fellowship is substantial loan repayment. Also, now that you’re a physician, everybody wants to offer you credit and everyone has advice: buy a house! Buy a car! Buy a boat! Invest! Save! Financial literacy is a struggle for everyone these days – don’t let it get the best of you! Here are some resources to consider:
- The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Managing Money: http://www.letsmakeaplan.org/blog/view/lets-make-a-plan-blogs/wealth-management-101-financial-plan-vs-investment-plan
- Manage Your Money: https://www.mappingyourfuture.org/money
- Money Management: https://www.lifehack.org/money/money-management-money
- How to choose a financial planner from the Wall Street Journal: http://guides.wsj.com/personal-finance/managing-your-money/how-to-choose-a-financial-planner
- Financial Planning 101: http://www.letsmakeaplan.org/blog/view/lets-make-a-plan-blogs/wealth-management-101-financial-plan-vs-investment-plan
- 7 Important Facts all Doctors Must Accept About Money Management:
YOUR PHYSICAL WELL-BEING
Finding time manage your own health may be a challenge with a busy training schedule. VCU makes it easier by offering the following resources:
- VCU Recreational Sports (discounted memberships to two full facilities and all extra-curricular activities): https://recsports.vcu.edu/
- Need a primary care physician because of your complex medical needs or a semi-urgent problem? Email Dr. Aboff at email@example.com He can help connect you with a primary care provider on campus.
Richmond is a wonderful city with a lot to offer. Check out the links below for suggestions.
- Visit Richmond, VA (best first place to start): https://www.visitrichmondva.com/
- RVA Events: https://www.visitrichmondva.com/events
- Best Things to do in Richmond:
- 25 Best Restaurants in Richmond: https://richmondmagazine.com/restaurants-in-richmond/best-restaurants/25-best-restaurants-in-richmond/#page=1
- Free outdoor activities in Richmond: https://www.visitrichmondva.com/things-to-do/free-attractions/free-outdoors
- Explore what’s happening in Richmond by topic/interest group: https://www.meetup.com/
Office of Graduate Medical Education
VCU School of Medicine
Physical Address: West Hospital, 1200 East Broad Street, 6th Floor, South Wing
Mailing Address: Box 980257
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0257
GME Administration E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Residency Verifications Only: Fax: 804.628.1378
Faculty & Staff
Brian M. Aboff, M.D., M.M.M., F.A.C.P.
Sr. Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education
Brian M. Aboff, M.D., M.M.M., F.A.C.P.
Sr. Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education
Office of Graduate Medical Education Admin.
West Hospital, 6th floor
GME Operations Manager
Jean R. Hill-Atkins
Jean R. Hill-Atkins
Office of Graduate Medical Education
ACGME, Accreditation, Credentialing, Post-Graduate Training Verifications, Certifying Examinations: USMLE, COMLEX, NBDE, Annual Program Evaluation (APE), Notary Services
Office of Graduate Medical Education
New Innovations, Procurement, Call Room and Team Room Concerns, On-Call Meal Allowance, Moonlighting
Michele J. Pierce
Michele J. Pierce
Office of Graduate Medical Education
ECFMG Processing, Housestaff Contracts, Licensing, Payroll Issues, VA, Affiliated Hospital and Department Billing Reports