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Department of Family Medicine Education

The Department of Family Medicine consists of faculty, trainees and technical and support staff that share a common mission:
  • To make discoveries that advance our understanding of the human body and the practice of health care;
  • To educate the next generation of doctors and other health professionals; and
  • To serve as stewards of science in Mississippi and beyond.

The Department’s educational philosophy is based on creating sound educational experiences that motivate adult learners to learn. The departmental teaching mission is to provide appropriate and complete instruction in Family Medicine's most challenging aspect; its ultimate comprehensiveness of care for all people, all ages, and biomedical and psychosocial problems. Our patient care philosophy is based on the belief that every individual and family should have a personal physician to facilitate access to the health care system. The departmental mission in patient care is to practice exemplary health care delivery employing methods unique to Family Medicine. Our research philosophy is based on the contribution of new knowledge to the discipline of Family Medicine. The departmental mission in research is to explore new methods of delivery of family oriented comprehensive care, to question current methods, and to present new found knowledge in the discipline.

The educational objectives of the Department of Family Medicine are:

  1. To incorporate the core content of Family Medicine into the undergraduate curriculum by offering required and elective courses that teach the family practice approach to health care to every graduating medical student.
  2. To provide adequate numbers of Family Medicine residency trained, board certified family physicians to meet the health care needs of the people of Mississippi.
  3. To develop and maintain a core number of qualified family physician teachers in the state who participate in medical student and resident education.
  4. To produce high quality continuing medical education programs for the family doctors in the state.

The patient care objective of the Department of Family Medicine is to provide the highest quality comprehensive care to patients in both the ambulatory and hospital environment.

UMMC Department of Family Medicine Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The UMMC Department of Family Medicine Residency strives to create a learning, clinical, and work environment that fosters diversity, inclusivity, and respect for all individuals. We aim to increase awareness of cultural competency and sensitivity by engaging in continued education within our department. Through these efforts, our goal is to recruit, retain, and graduate successful family medicine physicians who are well-prepared to provide compassionate, culturally sensitive medical care to diverse patient populations.

Our educational activities focus on:

  • Cultural awareness
  • Implicit bias
  • Microaggressions
  • Care of underserved and marginalized populations
  • Healthcare disparities
  • Social determinants of health
  • Community outreach