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Department of Family Medicine, VCU Medical Center, Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Family Medicine and Population Health Virginia Commonwealth University VCU Medical Center

VCU Department of Family Medicine

Medical students

Student Family Medicine Association

Medical students at a table with a faculty physicianFor students interested in learning more about family medicine, the Student Family Medicine Association provides educational opportunities and contact with family medicine faculty members, both social and professional. The VCU SFMA has received the Program of Excellence Award from the national American Academy of Family Physicians for the last three years!

VCU SFMA POE Award 2012


The faculty of the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health want you to be aware of the following information:

Programs and activities

Each semester the SFMA sponsors a variety of programs, both educational and social. Through its efforts, students learn about important topics facing family physicians, the broad diversity of practice options available to family doctors, and the anticipated improvements in financing primary care. Furthermore, the SFMA organizes specific highly popular skills workshops for students, such as injections, casting/splinting, suturing and obstetrics skills, which are taught by our residency and predoctoral faculty. The club also provides general information about family medicine to the general student body.

The SFMA Planning Committee, a group of eight to 12 students, meets regularly throughout the academic year to design, organize and implement the programs for the club. Students are recruited in their first year and may serve for all four years of medical school. In serving on the planning group, students have the opportunity to develop lifelong friendships and gain important experience in leadership and program development. Opportunities are also available to serve on national and state committees. Funding for VCU SFMA programs comes from the VAFP and the VCU Department of Family Medicine.

Judy Gary, M.Ed. , the faculty adviser from the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health, works with the group to offer guidance and assistance when needed.


Our SFMA is one of the largest and most active student organizations at the School of Medicine. Total membership is nearly 300. The $15 membership fee is paid by the Virginia Academy of Family Physicians and includes a subscription to the American Family Physician journal. As SFMA members, students are also automatically members of the national organization, the American Academy of Family Physicians, as well as the VAFP.