“At VCU, our Med-Peds residents receive an unparalleled clinical education in a supportive and collegial environment that emphasizes patient safety, quality, evidence-based medicine and collaboration.”David Friedel, M.D., Med-Peds Program Director
The Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program at VCU Health was founded in 1989 and has a rich tradition of training exceptional internists and pediatricians. The program's innovative, competency-based curriculum allows residents to develop expertise in both disciplines. Residents receive integrated clinical and didactic training from housestaff and faculty in the categorical and combined programs, as well as faculty with active practices in internal medicine and pediatrics.
As a resident in our program, you’ll benefit from our mission to:
- Produce compassionate physicians capable of delivering high quality internal medicine and pediatric care to their patients
- Create a supportive learning environment which allows academic and personal growth
- Prepare our housestaff for careers in primary care or for advancement to subspecialty training or academic careers
- Prepare our housestaff for lifelong learning in the context of a rapidly changing health care environment
Our residents earn competitive salaries, paid vacations, and other benefits. For a complete list of benefits and resources, visit the VCU School of Medicine’s Graduate Medical Education page.
Physicians and residents provide adult and pediatric patient care at VCU Medical Center as well as at satellite locations throughout the Richmond metropolitan area. Training facilities include:
- Children’s Pavilion: The pavilion is the main outpatient facility for the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU.
- Ambulatory Care Center: The center is connected to the Main Hospital of VCU Medical Center and is where you will provide primary care to adult clinic patients. You will also have opportunities to provide primary care at inner-city clinics for the underserved in the Richmond area.
- Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center: The VA is a 10 to 15 minute drive from the MCV Campus. Residents spend about 15 percent of their time here.
The catchment area for VCU Health includes a large, underserved primary care population with a wide range of diseases, pathophysiologies, and severity of illnesses. Patients seen in the internal medicine continuity clinic are restricted to those who lack health insurance (100% indigent care). Working with this diverse patient population leads to comfort and confidence in caring for complex and very sick patients. In addition, residents gain an increased appreciation for the social determinants of health, the role of advocacy in community medicine, and the importance of culturally sensitive care. As the region's premier provider of tertiary/quaternary care services, the Program is also able to offer residents significant exposure to subspecialty care.