About Us

about us
History

The current Department of Family Medicine evolved from a department that has existed at the medical center for over 100 years. In the mid-1900s, it was known as the Department of Community Medicine and International Health. In 1977, after the creation of the division of family medicine and the start of a family practice residency program, the department became the Department of Community and Family Medicine. In 1993, the department underwent a reorganization to emphasize clinical family practice and was renamed the Department of Family Medicine.

Mission

The mission of the Department of Family Medicine is to:

  • Teach Family Medicine as a model of excellence in primary care and community health to medical students, residents, fellows, and other health care professionals
  • Provide personalized evidence-based patient-centered care in a medical home model, with special emphasis on care to the underserved
  • Conduct community oriented, patient-based, and interdisciplinary research
  • Foster national leaders and educators in Family Medicine
  • Create and sustain campus/community partnerships that recognize our mutual assets and improve the health of our community.

Goals

Teaching
  • Participate in the core teaching mission of the School of Medicine through innovative clinical and classroom instruction, course directorship, and leadership.
  • Teach undergraduate and medical students in the principles of Family Medicine including: caring for the whole patient across the life span; evaluating medical literature; and practicing Evidence-Based Medicine within the context of life-long learning
  • Provide students with the opportunity to consider a career in Family Medicine through clinical experiences and mentorship
  • Prepare residents to provide full spectrum Family Medicine to underserved patients in a medical home
  • Develop future faculty through departmental fellowship programs
  • Recruit, develop, and retain excellent clinical faculty
Clinical Practice
  • Continue and expand programs that provide clinical care to medically underserved patient populations in the District of Columbia in partnership with the local community
  • Establish a clinical practice to provide ready access to Family Physicians by the members of the Georgetown community
  • Provide services to the Georgetown student population through the Student Health Clinic
Research
  • Work with the community to conduct evidence-based patient oriented clinical research.
  • Collaborate with multiple universities and disciplines to conduct integrated, properly designed studies that allow important clinical questions to be answered.
  • Develop research projects with students that will help enhance clinical care.
Leadership
  • Encourage students, residents, and faculty to pursue leadership roles within Family Medicine at the local and national level
  • Participate in health policy at a local and national level in order to improve the care of our patients and their communities
Campus and Community/Campus Partnerships
  • Identify and develop community partnerships that will benefit the education of our students and residents
  • Foster collaborative projects and programs to improve the care of underserved communities
  • To support the growth and development of effective community leaders, both locally and nationally