International/Inner City/Rural Preceptorship
The International/Inner City/Rural Preceptorship program, developed and sponsored by the Department of Family Medicine, is open to all students enrolled in the VCU School of Medicine. The program is designed to provide motivated students with the knowledge and skills needed to provide quality, compassionate care to medically underserved populations in rural, urban, and international communities. The I²CRP program has enjoyed much success over the years with a recent increase in student interest.
Most students begin the I²CRP program during the first year of medical school. In the first two years, students are provided with introductory experiences — both didactic and community-based — to explore and apply concepts of community-oriented primary care, systems-based practice, cultural competency and health disparities. Students are also matched with rural or urban physicians for their Foundations of Clinical Medicine preceptorships.
In the third year, I²CRP students complete 2 - 4 week rotations in urban and rural communities in Family Medicine, general Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and general Surgery. Fourth year students complete a community research project. Students are matched with a faculty mentor to assist them in their project design, implementation and completion.
Students interested in participating in the program must submit an application to the I²CRP program faculty. Applications are available at http://go.vcu.edu/i2crpapplication. Twenty-four seats are awarded within each class on a competitive basis. Please see below the table summarizing the timeline for student applications. Students are accepted into the program based on a demonstrated interest in working with underserved populations.
|Application Deadline||# of Seats Awarded|
|July 15 (matriculating students)||18|
|November 15 (first-year medical students)||6|
|June 15 (second-year medical students)||Unfilled seats awarded as available|
Mary Lee Magee, M.S. is the I²CRP program director, and Steve Crossman, M.D. is the I²CRP medical director. For information about the program, contact either Ms. Magee at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-828-6927 or Dr. Crossman via at email@example.com or at 804-828-9779.