program director's message
A Message from Victor H. Agbeibor to the 2014 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.
Victor H. Agbeibor, M.D., FAAFP