As part of an academic medical center, medical education is central to everything the Department of Family Medicine (DFM) does. Our faculty provide classroom, small group, and clinical teaching to Medical College of Georgia students. The department is home to a six-week core clerkship rotation as well as an ACGME-accredited residency program which sponsors an osteopathic family medicine residency embedded in its allopathic program. The department also sponsors a rural family medicine residency, the last two years of which occur in Waycross, GA.
The DFM offers a robust basket of clinical services to patients of all age groups. In addition to high-quality primary care, patients can undergo minor outpatient procedures, osteopathic manipulation, and acupuncture in the Family Medicine Center. Our residents and faculty pride themselves on providing evidence-based care informed by clinical practice guidelines from national and international authorities.
Residents and faculty in the DFM are committed to contributing to the medical literature by incorporating clinical research into the healthcare they provide. The type of research conducted is broad and a diverse range of topics are addressed. The primary thrust of the department’s overall research agenda is focused on chronic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension, occurring in underserved communities.