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Program Overview

Riverside Family Medicine Residency Program is a fully accredited ACGME program with Osteopathic Recognition.

Riverside Family Medicine Residency is sponsored by Riverside Regional Medical Center.  We are affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University and Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine. We are located in beautiful, historic Newport News, Virginia.

The VCU/Riverside Family Medicine Residency Program is one of the oldest family medicine programs in the country, founded in 1971, and one of four residency programs affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University. VCU has produced over 1,000 family physicians, of which Riverside has produced over one-third. This is a milestone achieved by only four other Departments of Family Medicine in the country.

The mission of VCU Riverside Family Medicine is to provide quality, family-centered care with an emphasis on acute & chronic disease management, disease prevention & health maintenance, and patient education while training the best Family Physicians in the United States – not only for the present, but for the future.

Riverside Residents can choose from a number of ‘focus’ areas depending upon their interests and future practice needs. These focus areas include obstetrics, urgent care, sports medicine and hospitalist medicine, to name a few.

Education in osteopathic principles and practice is a high point of the intern and resident experience at Riverside for those who are interested, in conjunction with comprehensive training in Family Medicine. Formal osteopathic didactics and osteopathic precepting in the hospital and clinic are provided and supported by all of our faculty. There is hands-on training in manipulation and direct supervision of residents diagnosing and treating their own patients in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. Osteopathic interns and residents become quite comfortable with incorporating osteopathic principles and manipulative skills into their daily practice.


Key Program Features

  • 13 family medicine residents per year
  • 11 family medicine faculty members, with four holding CAQs in OB, Sports Medicine, Neuromuscular Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.  One directs Medical Informatics for the Health System
  • Full-time Pediatrician on Faculty
  • On site Behavioral Medicine Faculty
  • Diverse patient population with large refugee population
  • Certified Level III Patient-Centered Medical Home
  • Over 100 sub-specialist community faculty 
  • Integrated Osteopathic curriculum
  • OMM Clinic
  • Advanced Care Planning Clinic
  • Community Lifestyle & Weight Loss Program
  • Global opportunities
  • 450+ bed primary medical center at Riverside Regional Medical Center
  • Advanced Clinical Simulation Center
  • Sports Medicine affiliations with The College of William & Mary and Christopher Newport University


3 Year Curriculum

This is an overview of the curriculum. For more details, click the Download Curriculum button.


Internal Medicine                   2 months

Pediatrics                              2 months  (1 month Neonatology; 1 month Inpatient)

Obstetrics.                            2 months

General Surgery                     1 month

BFMO (continuity clinic)         1 month

EM (Emergency Medicine)       1 month

ICU (critical care)                      1 month

FTFM Service (Full Time Family Medicine)               1 month

IFMO (Introduction to Family Medicine Office)        1 month

MFMO Management of Family Medicine Office)       1 month


Cardiology                              1 month

AFMO (Advanced FMO)       1 month

Pediatrics (outpatient)       2 months

Internal Medicine                   2 months

GYN                                       1 month

FTFM Service                       2 months

Sports Medicine                   1 month

MFMO  (Management of Family Medicine Office) (2 weeks MFMO; 2 weeks Elective)

BFMO(continuity clinic)/Night Float (2 – 2week blocks)              2 months



FTFM Service                        1 months

BFMO (continuity clinic)      1 month

Orthopedics                           1 month

Dermatology                         2 weeks

Elective                                  5 months

Geriatrics/Community Medicine  2 months

BFMO (continuity clinic)                       1 month 

Surgical Sub-Specialties                     6 weeks (2 weeks each: Urology, ENT, Ophthalmology)


Others can be arranged if approved by faculty

Board Review
Critical Care
Emergency Room
Hospital Medicine
Infectious Disease
International Medicine

Office Teaching
Ostomy/Wound Care (2 weeks)
Palliative Care

Podiatry (2 weeks)
Private FM Office
Rural Medicine (Soles)
Sports Medicine
Women’s Health


2020-2021 Salaries and Benefits


PGY-1  $55,630.00
PGY-2  $57,105.00
PGY-3  $60,263.00


PGY1: receives 15 days paid PTO each year.
PGY2: receives 15 days paid PTO and 5 days of conference leave.
PGY3: receives 15 days paid PTO and 5 days of conference leave.


  • A call room is available for each service.
  • Meal allowance
  • Malpractice Insurance: Liability Coverage while participating in Riverside Family Medicine Residency Program.
  • Health and Dental Insurance: for resident and family at a shared cost (available 30 days after start date)
  • Disability Insurance after one year of full-time employment and 90 days of disability.
  • Basic Live Insurance: Benefit is equal to 1 and one half times your annual earnings to a maximum of $750,000. 90 day waiting period.
  • Relocation stipend: $1,000.00 – subject to IRS rules.
  • Resident Funds: $2,500.00 Residents Fund (to help finance education activities): o $500 is available during the first year o $2,000 is available during the second year and third year
  • Uniforms: access to scrubs and Lab coat allowance
  • License Fees: Limited Medical License paid for Residents; initial Virginia permanent license fee for Third Year Residents.
  • Certification Exam: ABFM or AOA
  •  AAFP Dues
  • Team Member Discounts: 25 percent employee discount for using most Riverside health care services