“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.

Our Mission

The Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program at VCU Health is dedicated to training highly qualified physician leaders in an inclusive environment that promotes excellence in clinical care, compassion, collaboration, cultural humility, and intellectual curiosity.

Program Aims


Our residents earn competitive salaries and receive paid vacations, annual professional education funds, the option to have a hospital-issued cell phone, and many other benefits. Visit the VCU School of Medicine's Graduate Medical Education page for a complete list of benefits and resources.

Training facilities

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:


Patient Population

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.