About the department
Mission and history
The Department of Family Medicine was established in 1970 by the governor and General Assembly of the commonwealth and charged with the mission of preparing competent family physicians for the people of Virginia, while contributing to the knowledge that improves the quality of care they receive.
Throughout the department’s history, family medicine residencies have been created with existing practices in rural, suburban and urban areas in partnership with some of the best health systems in the region. In July 2003, the department celebrated its 1,000th graduate, and today 62 percent of our 1,197 residency graduates are practicing in Virginia, with 30 percent in non-metropolitan areas — one of the best records in the nation. With the addition of VCU students who trained in family medicine elsewhere and came back to Virginia to practice, the Department of Family Medicine has provided more than 800 family doctors who serve an estimated 1.5 million Virginians.
On February 1, 2013, the department merged with the Department of Epidemiology to create the new Department of Family Medicine and Population Health, with a division of Epidemiology. For more information on the merger, please click here.