The specialty of family medicine is nearly limitless in the patient populations that we care for, the venues in which we deliver that care, and the range of patient issues, from preventative care to solving diagnostic mysteries to disease management to procedural medicine. Family physicians are asked to do it all and do it well. Our mission is to provide students with a strong foundation in clinical medicine to prepare them well to care for their future patients using the guiding principles of osteopathic medicine in a way that values the whole person and the important intersection between body, mind, and spirit. We strive to meet our mission while making certain that the students maintain their own health as they navigate through their medical education journey.
The faculty in the Department of Family Medicine is tasked with teaching the Clinical Medicine and Reasoning curriculum which is embedded in each block of the pre-clinical curriculum and spans all systems of the human body. We like to refer to this as the “How to be a Great Doctor” course. This requires the student to continually build upon and draw from your ever-growing knowledge, both clinical skills and basic sciences, to best care for the patient sitting before you. During the pre-clinical years (years 1 and 2), you will learn processes to give you the organizational scaffolding to gather the necessary information (historical and physical) during a patient encounter using the language of medicine and critical thinking skills to develop a path forward for each individual patient. You will then use these skills in clinical reasoning as you transition into your clinical years (years 3 and 4) where you will learn from your best teachers…your patients! During all four years of the undergraduate medical education, you will engage with the faculty of the Department of Family Medicine in a structured curriculum.