Area of Concentration

Research and Health Policy

Under the direction of Dr. Alex Krist, residents have the opportunity to pursue a concentration in research and health policy. Dr. Krists’ affiliation with VCU’s Ambulatory Care Outcomes Research Network (ACORN) affords residents an opportunity to participate in a wide variety of research studies.

Academic rigor is enhanced by Dr. Krist’s Master’s in Public health, expertise in research and his teaching of evidence based medicine throughout the longitudinal curriculum. For additional information related to current studies please visit

Dr. Bob Phillips and Dr. Andrew Bazemore are the Director and Assistant Director of the AAFP’s Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care. Dr. Phillips and Dr. Bazemore are faculty members at VCU-FFM and are available to assist residents in obtaining specialized health policy experience.

The proximity of the program to Washington DC allows the opportunity for direct involvement with legislators, from serving as “Doc of the Day” at the Virginia State Legislature, to personal lobbying with aides, Congressmen, and Senators.

For information on designing an Area of Concentration in Research and Public Policy, contact Dr. Krist at