Dear Colleagues-Friends,

Today, we welcome 142 new physician-colleagues to our VCU family. We are joined by our PGY1 residents, 29 of whom are VCU SOM graduates and many of whom come from all across the U.S. – and beyond, even this year from Australia! These vital and talented new colleagues will be the “front line physicians” for our health system, often being the first contact with patients and their relatives. How they practice will reflect on all of us.

Please welcome and support these great new doctors. They will need – and deserve – our attention and support during this formative transition of their early careers. Your wisdom, experience, mentorship and support will be invaluable to them. Please also watch out for future leadership, educational, research and quality science opportunities for them so that they can maximize their learning experiences with us.

Our thanks also to Drs. Aboff and Call, each departmental program director and GME program leaders and their staff for bringing such fine doctors to VCU.

I’m ever grateful to you for the warm welcome to my wife Leonie and I over the last few months as we have transitioned to this terrific community. Similarly, please let’s welcome and support our newest team members. They will make us proud.

Thank you for your leadership.

Warm regards,

Peter F. Buckley, M.D.
Dean, VCU School of Medicine
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, VCU Health System