Stephanie Ann Call, M.D., M.S.P.H.

Director, Internal Medicine Training Program
Associate Chair for Education

John E. Nestler, M.D.

Stephanie Call, M.D., M.S.P.H., serves as Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program, Associate Chair for Education in the Department of Internal Medicine Chair of the Education Committee for Graduate Medical Education for the VCU Health System. She is also a Professor of Medicine.

Dr. Call was recruited to join the Department of Internal Medicine Faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University in the fall of 2004.  At that time, she was recruited into the role of Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency program.  She currently continues in this role, aggressively moving the training program forward, and she has assumed several other educationally-based leadership roles both in and outside the Department of Internal Medicine.  In 2008, she was named the Associate Chair for Education in the Department of Internal Medicine; she also currently serves as the Chair of the Education Committee for Graduate Medical Education for the VCU Health System.

Dr. Call arrived in 2004, ready to lead, to partner with, and to challenge the VCU housestaff and faculty members in bringing the Internal Medicine training programs to national prominence.  As a leader in education, she applies an evidence-based approach to education and to the study of changes made, drawing from her research background in outcomes research and decision analysis.  She is nationally recognized for educational innovation, an expertise in faculty development, and for her teaching skills. She travels widely – from Virginia to the Middle East, stimulating, training and exciting faculty members in their roles as clinical educators.  She has received teaching awards from each of the medical universities with which she has been associated, as well as from the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine and from the National Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education.

While Dr. Call is nationally recognized for her leadership in medical education, one really gets a sense from who she is from those around her – her colleagues and the housestaff members and students whom she teaches.  As the Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education at Virginia Commonwealth Health Systems, Mary Alice O’Donnell, PhD, states, Dr. Call is "a magnet for faculty and residents alike when it comes to teaching and talking about medical education." 

In recognition of this commitment since her arrival to VCU, Dr. Call has been awarded three Departmental Innovation in Teaching Awards, numerous Departmental Excellence in Teaching Awards, all learner-selected.  In addition, in only three short years of being at the institution, she was nominated and then awarded a School of Medicine Teaching Award, the Irby-James Teaching Award, and only two years later awarded the School of Medicine Graduate Medical Education Leadership Award.  Most recently, The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has selected Stephanie A. Call, M.D., MSPH, to receive its 2012 Parker J. Palmer Courage to Lead Award. This is one of the highest awards bestowed by the ACGME, with just 10 program directors across the country honored for their innovative ways of teaching residents to provide quality health care.  The Chair of the Department, Dr. John Nestler, in recognition of this award stated of Dr. Call “Teaching is Dr. Call’s raison d’etre - I am delighted and not at all surprised that Dr. Stephanie Call has received the 2012 ACGME Parker Palmer Courage to Teach Award. Simply said, Dr. Call is the greatest."

Dr. Stephanie Call completed her undergraduate degree, BS Biology (highest honors) at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.  She completed her MD degree at the University of Maryland at Baltimore.  She completed her residency training, a year as chief medical resident and then a general internal medicine fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  She has held faculty positions, including roles in program directorship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of Louisville, and at Virginia Commonwealth University.  She is also trained as a facilitator in the Stanford Faculty Development Program – both in the basic sciences and in the clinical teaching model. 

Contact Information

West Hospital
P.O. Box 980102
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0102
Phone: (804) 828-3762
Email: stephanie.call@vcuhealth.org