Celebrating Anniversary, Faculty Scholars: Steve Crossman

In celebration of its 10th anniversary in 2016, a series of faculty spotlights were written for the Virginia Commonwealth University Division of Community Engagement (DCE). In collaboration with VCU’s University Relations office, the feature stories were used to convey a key message that the DCE can help elevate faculty members’ teaching and scholarship by providing the training, funding and connections to engage with the greater community.

The features became part of the university’s overall Make it Real campaign and were used on the DCE’s anniversary splash page, in print and in the division’s e-newsletter.

View the series on VCU’s website.

Access to Quality Medical Care – It Takes a Village 

When Steve Crossman, M’95, was a student at VCU Medical School, he knew just one other student outside his medical classes and only because they went to undergrad together.

Now an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health, Crossman and his colleagues within the VCU Health System lead partnerships with free clinics in both Virginia and Honduras that allow teams of health sciences students to work together in clinical settings.

Doctors working with pharmacists; comparing notes with physical therapists; consulting with nurses; and collaborating with dentists. Exposing students to a model that sends a clear message: the only way to provide high quality primary care to underserved populations is to partner with each other.

VCU. Make it Real.

Photo credit: VCU Division of Community Engagement