The Family Medicine Residency Program started as a division in internal medicine under the leadership of Richard Lindsay, MD, in 1970. One of the founding fathers of our discipline, B. Lewis Barnett, Jr. MD, founded the University of Virginia Department of Family Medicine in 1977. He stepped down from his long-held post as Chairman in 1996, and while his legacy remains, the scope and strengths of the residency have expanded considerably under the leadership of our current chairman, Norm Oliver, M.D., M.A.
We continue to offer a clinical training program that is second to none, but we are now internationally known for our information mastery curriculum, and have strong curricular components in sports medicine, geriatrics, behavioral medicine, procedural medicine and cross-cultural health care. We have also developed a strong tradition of scholarship and student education. Fern Hauck, M.D., M.S., is one of the world's foremost research authorities on SIDS. Dr. Norm Oliver, Chair and Director of the University's Center for Improving Minority Health, does innovative work on health disparities in medicine. Many of our faculty publish regularly in a variety of journals, and our faculty and residents regularly win medical student teaching awards. In addition to excellent clinical training, our residency provides you the opportunity to teach students and to publish.