fmScholars are supported in many ways...
fmSTAT Co-directors provide ongoing support for participants. With input from other faculty and fmScholars, they develop the curriculum, plan and evaluate all program events and hand-select mentors and preceptors to work with each enrollee.
Judy Gary, MEd, Assistant Professor
Judy has been a medical educator in the VCU Department of Family Medicine and Population Health for nearly 25 years. She focuses on the teaching and development needs of students and faculty. She advises the family medicine interest group, recruits and develops faculty, serves as Assistant Director for Medical Education in the department and provides educational expertise for the fmSTAT program.
Carolyn Peel, MD, Assistant Professor
Carolyn is a family physician. She has been a clinician educator for 17 years in the VCU Department of Family Medicine. She serves as the Director of the VCU Nelson Family Medicine Clinic and as Chair of the VCU School of Medicine Admissions Committee. Among other responsibilities, she advises students and provides clinical expertise for the fmSTAT program.
Steve Crossman, MD, Associate Professor, Vice Chair
Steve Crossman, MD, Vice Chair, is a family physician. Among his many responsibilities, Dr. Crossman also serves as the H.E.A.R.T. group leader for all fmScholars. As such he is the designated academic advisor for all fmScholars unless a student chooses another or additional advisor later in training. In this role, he provides ongoing guidance regarding academic and professional development.
Family Physician Preceptors
The Department of Family Medicine and Population Health involves nearly 200 family physicians across the Commonwealth of Virginia to help train VCU medical students. Since its founding in 1970, the department has intentionally selected community family physicians (preceptors) -- many who are alumni, to serve as teachers and role models allowing students to experience family medicine where it is practiced most often. As a benefit of the fmSTAT program, fmScholars are preferentially placed with preceptors with the students' particular interests and needs in mind for all of their clinical experiences.
Each fmScholar has a specifically selected family physician mentor who supports his/her scholars' personal and professional development. Though many mentors teach medical students, care is taken to avoid having a mentor directly teach or evaluate his or her mentee. See Mentorship section for more information.