To fulfill its educational service and research goals, the Department of Family Medicine (DFM) uses a large ambulatory faculty/resident patient practice in the Family Medicine Center (FMC) as the central focus for clinical service delivery, education and practice-based scholarship. Students and residents learn clinical concepts and skills while practicing with faculty members providing longitudinal and comprehensive healthcare to an identified patient population. Care in this learning/service venue focuses on the uniqueness of each person and family and the importance of promoting health, managing illness, and advancing knowledge for effective and efficient healthcare delivery to an entire practice population. Family Medicine clinical learning venues contain patients who have the full spectrum of primary health and healthcare needs which provides a diversity of opportunities to teach students and residents skills necessary to provide quality primary care services. The DFM engages several local and regional hospital systems to support the curriculum requirements of its residency program and engages an educational network of Family Medicine community group private practices and residencies to address the educational requirements of students in a required third-year clerkship and other primary care electives for both students and residents. This educational network is the major core of the department's Practice-based Research Network, HamesNet. Scholarship activities are mostly designed to improve the effectiveness of primary care delivered to patients and healthcare outcomes. The department does have focused areas of research engaging the primary care aspects of adult patients with Sickle Cell Disease, women's health, and healthcare disparities.