Family Medicine encompasses the entire spectrum of health care for patients of all ages through a holistic approach to each individual patient. The specialty believes that its role is to advocate for its patients health needs, to utilize the entire health care team to advance the wellness of it patients. The profession places emphasis on wellness, disease prevention and health promotion, education of the patient so they may be an active participant in their own care and respect for the individual regardless of cultural or social differences.

The members of the department and its Divisions participate in the development and instruction of all academic courses of the COM, especially those of a clinical nature. The Department is responsible for Medical Students and Resident training in both preclinical and clinical educational settings at College and its affiliated clinical sites. Members of the Department actively practice Osteopathic Medicine and provide patient care at the University Owned Clinics and affiliated hospitals to advance the health care of patients of the university and to support clinical education of our students.

Members of the Department of Family Medicine are actively involved in all areas of the College and interact with all the students of the College of Osteopathic Medicine . They play an active role in student mentoring and development, are prominent in the sponsoring of educational programs, medical outreach events and activities and philanthropic activities, student organizations and activities. The members of the department provide class room instruction, small group facilitation, are active in curriculum development and student evaluation. Its members are active in professional organizations that advancement of the science and practice of medicine, advocate for the profession and it patients. The strive to improve the health care of its patients of today and tomorrow through research and scholarly participation will all members of the medical and educational community. In addition, many faculty members are active in community, social, religious and government programs.

It is the objective of the Department to provide outstanding Osteopathic medical education for its students and residents; to refine and advance the skills and knowledge of it faculty, to advance and further develop the specialty of the Family Medicine through teaching of the essential knowledge, competencies and skills needed to provide quality health care for all our patients. The department strives through research and scholarly activity and through its devotion to the principles of Osteopathic Medicine to ensure that comprehensive health care for all of our patients will be available.

Department Goal

"The Department of Family Medicine strives to improve the health status of all patients as well as advance the quality and availability of Osteopathic Family Practice at all levels. It attempts to reach this goal though the education, mentorship and role modeling demonstrated for its students and residents, the faculty development and professional advancement of members, its state of the art clinical practice of Osteopathic Family Medicine, it promotion of research and scholarly activities to advance both scientific knowledge and the humanitarian aspects of the practice of medicine, along with the participation of its members in outreach, philanthropic and professional activities."

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