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Program Director's Message

A Message from Victor H. Agbeibor to the 2018 Family Medicine Match Candidates

Currently there are more than 450 ACGME-approved family medicine residency programs. We are one of many excellent programs and feel very fortunate that you would consider us, and we welcome your interest and inquiries.

Our vision is to train America's family physicians by providing a fully integrated curriculum that incorporates all the tenets of family medicine, including academics, research, urban, rural, obstetrics, sports medicine and even global medicine.

Our residents are fully prepared and equipped by the end of their training to practice the full breadth of family medicine, something that is not necessarily guaranteed in this day and age.

We graduate six residents a year. Of our six graduates last year, two entered private practice, one is a hospitalist, one joined our team to continue academic family medicine, one works as an urgent care/emergency medicine physician, and the last one is pursuing a sports medicine fellowship. This reflects the wide range of experience available in our program.

We are a university-based program located in a state-of-the-art community hospital, unopposed to any other residencies. Our affiliation with the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine provides us with a very strong academic and research base for those interested in academic family medicine.

Our clinical experiences are very diverse - from rotations in the inner city at Richmond Community Hospital to our rural program in Blackstone, Virginia, as well as our suburban experience at St. Francis Medical Center to working on the Care-A-Van (a mobile van serving the underserved in our community). Our residents experience a wide variety of settings and have opportunities to be involved in global medical work in Ghana, Peru, South Africa, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Ecuador.

We have a very strong core faculty. One of our faculty members is board certified in family medicine, as well as obstetrics and gynecology. In addition, we have a fellowship-trained obstetrician. We boast two sports medicine-trained family physicians and a pediatrician.

Our greatest strength is our people. We like to think of ourselves as a family. This is what truly distinguishes us. We work very hard and support each other. The collegial environment we have created between the leadership, administration, attendings, residents and support staff is second to none. We have created an unparalleled environment for residents to thrive. One of our goals is for you to have free and ready access to our residents. You will find them very engaged and satisfied and the best advertisement for our program.

We are well supported by our not-for-profit health system, Bon Secours Health System, arguably one of the premier health systems in the U.S. with its dedicated and visionary leadership.

Our residency location in Midlothian, a suburb of Richmond, and is a wonderful place to live. We are close to the beach, Blue Ridge Mountains and two hours away from the nation’s capital. Richmond has a very diverse population with a wealth of cultural and historical heritage.

Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you about the most beautiful hospital in America. Our primary training site, St. Francis Medical Center, was recently voted America’s Most Beautiful Hospital. Having opened in 2005, this welcoming, state-of-the-art facility offers the latest in digital technology while embracing an architectural celebration of the American spirit. The hospital and the grounds were designed to incorporate natural elements like natural light, running water and foliage to promote a truly healing environment. The peaceful gardens and parks provide a restful environment for patients, families, staff and the community. It was truly designed with the needs of the patients, families and staff in mind. You have to see it!

You will be interested to know that we recently achieved Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) level 3 NCQA designation, making us the only residency program in the Commonwealth of Virginia with that achievement. We are also one of only 3 residencies in the commonwealth that offers a sports medicine fellowship.

If this sounds appealing to you, please forward your application to us. We review every single application, taking your time and interest very seriously.

My very best wishes to each one of you.

Sincerely,

Victor H. Agbeibor, M.D., FAAFP

 

PGY1

FAMILY MEDICINE INPATIENT SERVICE

3 MONTHS

EMERGENCY MEDICINE

1 MONTH

OBSTETRICS

2 MONTHS

POPULATION HEALTH & COMMUNITY MEDICINE

1 MONTH

PEDIATRICS INPATIENT

1 MONTH

NIGHT FLOAT

1.5 MONTHS (6 weeks)

PEDIATRICS AND NEWBORN NURSERY

1 MONTH

GENERAL SURGERY

1 MONTH

SCHOLARLY ACTIVITY

2 WEEKS

PGY2

ENT-OPHTHAL

1 MONTH

GYNECOLOGY

1 MONTH

PSYCHIATRY /NEUROPSYCHOLOGY

1 MONTH

FAMILY MEDICINE INPATIENT MEDICINE

2 MONTHS

GERIATRICS

1 MONTH

MUSCULOSKELETAL / ORTHO

1 MONTH

INTERNATIONAL / UROLOGY

1 MONTH

ICU

1 MONTH

ELECTIVE

1 MONTH

PEDIATRIC ER / NICU

1 MONTH

GI /SCHOLARLY ACTIVITY

1 MONTH

PGY3

FAMILY MEDICINE INPATIENT SERVICE

2 MONTHS

CARDIOLOGY

1 MONTH

EMERGENCY MEDICINE

1 MONTH

SPORTS MEDICINE/ MSK

1 MONTH

HEALTH SYSTEM MANAGEMENT / PM (CHIEF)

1 MONTH

FAMILY MEDICINE OPEN ACCESS CLINIC (CHIEF)

1 MONTH

DERMATOLOGY / RADIOLOGY

1 MONTH

AMBULATORY PEDIATRICS

1 MONTH

ELECTIVES (1 OPTIONAL AWAY ELECTIVE)

3 MONTHS 

 

PROPOSED AVAILABLE ELECTIVES

  • Allergy
  • Anesthesiology
  • Dermatology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Palliative Care
  • Neurology
  • Rural Medicine
  • Wound Care
  • Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy
  • Thoracic/ Vascular
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Pharmacology
  • GI
  • ID
  • Nephrology
  • High risk OB

The required rotations may be used as electives

 

LONGITUGAL EXPERIENCE OBTAINED IN

  • Cardiology
  • Neurology
  • Endocrinology
  • Pulmonary Diseases
  • Gastroenterology
  • Rheumatology
  • ID
  • Nephrology
  • Hematology
  • Procedures
  • Radiology
  • Practice Management / Billing and Coding

One week of vacation will be allowed during all four-week rotations except during Family Medicine Service (FMS), OB, Night Float, Inpatient Pediatrics, PGY1 Behavioral and Community Medicine, Open Access. Vacations may also be limited following graduation and during orientation.

 

The Patient-Centered Medical Home is an approach to providing comprehensive primary care through all stages of life with a team of people who will care for your every need and navigate you through confusing health care issues.
  • Take personal responsibility and accountability for ongoing care of patients
  • Accessible to patients on short notice for expanded hours and open access scheduling
  • Conduct consultations through MyChart and telephone
  • Maintain updated electronic personal health record
  • Conduct regular check-ups with patients to identify health crises and initiate treatment/prevention measures before costly, last-minute emergency procedures are required

Participating Hospitals

St. Francis Family Medicine Residency Program is a VCU School of Medicine Residency Program affiliated with Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center, with locations at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital and Bon Secours Richmond Community Hospital.

First Year
Salary: $53,745*
CME Funds: $500 for educational materials

Second Year
Salary: $55,244*
CME Funds: $1,000 for educational materials

Third Year
Salary: $57,233*
CME Funds: $1,250 for educational materials

*Salaries as of July 1, 2017

Residents receive or may purchase benefits including health insurance (medical, dental and vision), maternity/paternity leave, retirement and disability insurance. Meals will be provided in conjunction with educational/didactic and mandatory conferences.

Vacation: All Residents receive 27 days during each academic year for vacation, holidays (including time off around Christmas), CME, sick days and future job searches.

Moonlighting opportunities exist during the PGY-2 and PGY-3 years.

Recruitment Benefits

 

  1. One-time payment for USMLE Step 3
  2. One-time payment for the American Board of Family Medicine Exam
  3. Access to Up-To-Date
  4. AAFP Dues

Frequently Asked Questions

What denotes a complete application? 
A complete application includes the following: medical school transcript, dean’s letter and three letters of recommendation, USMLE transcript, ECFMG certificate (if applicable) and a personal statement.

How do I submit my application? 
We accept applications through the ERAS system only.

When is the application deadline? 
January 31st 

Do you have a minimum required USMLE score? 
Our Review Committee looks at each application individually, therefore, there is no minimum required score.

Which date will you be conducting interviews this season? 
Generally, we will be conducting interviews for the Blackstone Rural Program on Wednesdays and interviews for the St. Francis Family Medicine Program on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Interviews will begin November 1st and end on February 1st. We are, however, flexible and will accommodate your needs.

Lodging/Dinner? 
We provide a complimentary one-night stay at a hotel adjacent to our facility. We also host a dinner for candidates, their families and significant others the evening prior to their interview.


International Medical Graduates:

Does your program require previous U.S. clinical experience? 
You must have six months of "hands-on" clinical experience in the United States.

Does your program have a medical school graduation cut-off date? 
There is no minimum/maximum number of years from medical school graduation date requirement.

What are the visa options for the program? 
We do not sponsor any type of visa.

ECFMG certification applicants must be ECFMG certified before beginning residency.