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.
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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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