Program Overview

The Chesterfield Family Medicine Residency Program is a community based program closely affiliated with the
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.


This partnership of community and university combines educational resources which form the basis for an excellent training experience for the residents. Family medicine residents are the only residents at CJW Medical Center and therefore have the advantage of one on one teaching with Family Medicine and Sub-specialty Attending Physicians. The residents have a large volume of experience with the patients at this busy medical center and a structured didactic program. The program is affiliated with the nearby VCU School of Medicine which provides assistance with didactics, faculty support and development and elective opportunities for residents. Electives include rotations at their HIV clinic and with their international medicine programs and others.


Continued support from the medical community:

Family physicians have long been an integral part of healthcare delivery in South Richmond and Chesterfield County. As a result, an excellent working relationship exists with the specialists and sub-specialists within the medical community. Quality patient care in a technologically sophisticated learning environment for the residents are insured by these relationships.



What to expect each year:


Year 1:

Most of the first year block rotations are at CJW Medical Center, Chippenham & Johnston-Willis Campuses. Residents have the opportunity to work with experienced, enthusiastic, supportive specialists throughout their first year rotations. PGY-1 residents spend ½ to 1 day per week in the Family Medicine Center.

The CJW Medical Center Campuses include the new Levinson Heart Hospital, Tucker Psychiatric Pavilion, and Labor and Delivery at Chippenham. At night, the family practice residents help with admissions of family medicine patients under the supervision of upper level residents and CJW Adult & Pediatric hospitalists. They also help cover Labor & Delivery. Their night float duty is only at the Chippenham campus.


Year 2 & 3:

The second and third year residents continue some inpatient responsibilities but expand the time spent at the Chesterfield Family Practice Center. This practice serves a large area of South Richmond, suburban Chesterfield County and surrounding rural areas. The patients come from a wide range of age, sex, race and socioeconomic strata. Chesterfield Family Practice is a busy outpatient clinic and averages over 2500 patient visits per month. Outpatient procedures are taught by the faculty. Residents see patients up to five half days per week during years two and three, providing continuity of care for their patients while working closely with the faculty. A unique feature of the program is the “team concept” in which residents and faculty practice together throughout all three years of training. Each team is comprised of faculty and residents from each of the three years.


Confidence through experience:

Learning to practice in a busy office setting also ensures a wealth of experience with practice management and residents are well prepared for practice by the end of their training. The daily noon conference provides exposure to all areas of primary care with presentations by community physicians as well as resident presentations. Most of the second and third year required rotations are based in our medical community although rotations at the VA Medical Center and Virginia Commonwealth University Health System are available. Chesterfield Family Practice is a required “Community Medicine Clerkship” site for third year medical students from the VCU School of Medicine. Residents work with these students on a regular basis, adding another dimension to the educational program.


Pediatrics is a special emphasis in the program. CJW has a busy Pediatric ER in which all PGY-1 residents work. They also work in the busy Pediatric Ward with pediatric hospitalists and in the Pediatric ICU with pediatric intensivists. In the outpatient setting, they spend 4 months during the PGY-2 and 3 years with Dr. Pillsbury David and Dr. Brennan in their busy pediatric clinic which is adjacent the Chesterfield Family Medicine Center.


The obstetric experience is at the Chippenham Campus where residents work with Dr. Sumac Diaz (double boarded in Family Medicine and Obstetrics). Residents easily achieve their board required deliveries and a well rounded experience in women’s health.