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Family & Community Medicine

Welcome to the Family & Community Medicine website. Family medicine is a broad medical specialty providing on-going, comprehensive health care for the individual and the family. The scope of Family Medicine encompasses all ages, both genders, each organ system and every disease entity. Family physicians are fully prepared to serve in clinics, hospitals and urgent care settings, including emergency departments, and in urban, suburban and rural communities. We introduce the principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home to our students in our third-year clerkship, using interactive teaching modules on primary-care communication skills, chronic disease management models of care, preventive care and continuous clinical quality improvement. These modules introduce skills that we anticipate will be part of the essential knowledge base of primary care physicians as our health care system evolves from its current encounter-based focus to a population management, outcomes-driven healthcare system. The department is reinvigorating its scholarly mission through efforts to create a clinic-based research network for our region with the goal of participating in national research initiatives of interest to primary care physicians and patients.  The department houses the preventive medicine residency, maintains academic affiliations with family medicine residencies in our region, and participates in a regional grand rounds program of continuing medical education.