Lynchburg Family Medicine Residency Program

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Lynchburg Family Medicine Residency Program

For over 40 years, Lynchburg Family Medicine has played a pivotal role in the health and well-being of Central Virginia. As Centra’s oldest practice, we enjoy the reputation that leads to building a broad base of patients from all ages and backgrounds. Our mission of “Educating Family Physicians through Excellent Patient Care” reflects our dual role of providing a medical home for continuous, compassionate, and competent health care, while developing the clinical skills of resident physicians and preparing them for the challenges of health care. Established in 1975, we are the only residency sponsored by Centra Health, Inc. Our faculty hold academic appointments with the University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Liberty University.

Residents care for patients in our beautiful office in Lynchburg and are offered a solid base of inpatient training—caring for patients in all units of Lynchburg General Hospital and Virginia Baptist Hospital.  Continuity of the physician-patient relationship is valued, and patients are also seen in local nursing homes and home visits.

Lynchburg, Virginia is a beautiful, green, historic town close to Charlottesville and Richmond and a few hours drive from Washington, D.C. and the Atlantic Ocean.  Located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Central Virginia, there are plenty of activities available such as white water rafting, canoeing, hiking, fishing, mountain biking, or simply exploring the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. If you like the outdoors, history, or fun things to do, Lynchburg is your town.

Mission & Goals

Mission & Goals
Mission & Goals


Educating Family Physicians through Excellent Patient Care.


  • We will teach and provide comprehensive, coordinated, and continuous family-centered care.
  • We will teach through example, intellectual curiosity, empathy, collaboration, self-directed learning, and a balanced approach to work, family and self.
  • We will attend to the psychosocial and medical needs of our patients and their families.
  • We will support one another in our efforts to make contributions in areas of scholarship, community service, and leadership.

Reasons to Choose Lynchburg Family Medicine Residency

Reasons to Choose Lynchburg Family Medicine Residency
Reasons to Choose Lynchburg Family Medicine Residency
  • Enjoy an excellent faculty-to-resident ratio.
  • Care for a diverse population and have access to patients in over 750 hospital beds; in state of the art hospitals and diverse medical specialties.
  • Train in one of the busiest Emergency Departments in Virginia.
  • Experience a realistic and humane call schedule with a “night float.”
  • Work in an attractive, free-standing office, specifically designed for Family Medicine located near the hospital.
  • Learn in a small group practice model through a program specifically designed for residents.
  • Experience practice in rural or small communities through training in our nearby satellite clinic.
  • Take advantage of a large variety of sport medicine opportunities on the field, or as a team physician.
  • Be responsible for direct and primary patient care with close faculty back-up and supervision.
  • Take advantage of significant elective time, which allows residents to tailor their training practice goals, including the opportunity for an international experience.
  • Learn in a community where Family Medicine represents the second largest medical specialty in the community.
  • Work with state-of-the-art hospitals and office technology as well as diverse medical specialties.

Reasons to Choose Lynchburg

Reasons to Choose Lynchburg
Reasons to Choose Lynchburg
  • Lynchburg, Virginia, with a population of 72,596 in a metropolitan area of 220,000, sits in the inspiring Blue Ridge Mountains.
  • Benefit from Lynchburg’s low cost of living, friendly people and four beautiful seasons.
  • A historical city founded in 1786 on the banks of the James River. It is at the heart of American History with its memories of Thomas Jefferson and the Civil War: truly Colonial Virginia at its best.
  • An architectural treasure. Efforts of preservation and restoration of many old homes remind us that Lynchburg was one of the two wealthiest cities in the United States before the Civil War.
  • An educational center with its five colleges: Sweet Briar College, Randolph College, Lynchburg College, Liberty University and Central Virginia Community College and its outstanding public and private schools.
  • Offers a variety of cultural events: art galleries, community symphony orchestra, ballets, concerts and plays.
  • Has a moderate climate, not too hot, not too cold, but just right.
  • Enjoy the fresh Virginia air and hike, bike, golf, play tennis, go boating and more.
  • Known for its sporting events: The Virginia 10-Miler Race, Central Virginia Invitational and the Lynchburg Hill Cats professional baseball team.
  • Proud of its family events and festivals prevalent year round: The bateau boat race, the Kaleidoscope Festival, the Virginia Historic Garden Tour and Friday Cheers.
  • Enjoy a diverse economy with very affordable housing.

Awards and Recognition

Awards and Recognition
Awards and Recognition

The AFMRD Program Director Recognition Awards are bestowed upon residency programs directors in recognition of their contribution to family medicine. The awards are earned by program directors through accomplishments in the areas of tenure, training, performance, and advocacy.  Awardees at the bronze  level must have held the position of program director for at least three years; prepared and successfully presented at professional workshops or seminars or authored publications in refereed scientific journals; encouraged professional development in their peers, along with themselves, through family medicine-centered conferences, workshops, and programs; given service to local, regional or state family medicine organizations; completed a family medicine advocacy course; and corresponded with local, state or federal legislature regarding family medicine priorities.

The AFMRD was founded in 1990 and represents nearly 800 family medicine program directors nationwide. 

High Evaluation Award 2015-2016, 

The VCU Department of Family Medicine and Population has awarded  Centra Medical Group – Lynchburg Family Medicine Residency with the High Evaluation Award for 2015–2016 and in 2019–020 for excellence in teaching. Faculty who teach in courses or clerkships are considered for high evaluation awards. Award recipients must receive a ranking of excellent or higher on student evaluations. We  are proud to be an award recipient and continually strive to promote a positive learning environment filled with great experiences. 

Community Acknowledgements

Community Acknowledgements
Community Acknowledgements

We would like to thank the following community partners for their support: 

Internal Medicine – Nationwide

Central Virginia Neuro

Orthopedics of Central Virginia

7 Hills Urology

CMG – Surgery

CMG – Altavista Family Medicine

CMG – Stanton River Family Medicine

CMG – Brookneal Family Medicine

CVFP – Forest Family Practice

CVFP – Rustburg Family Practice

Keysville Family Practice

Wiggington Family Practice

Women’s Health Services

Forest Women’s Center


LGH Pediatrics Hospitalists

HOSPICE and Palliative Care


Salem Veterans Administration 

Need Additional Information?

Need Additional Information?
Need Additional Information?

For more information,  contact:
Patty Irwin, C-TAGME, Residency Coordinator