Family and Community Medicine
The department of family and community medicine is a distinguished and innovative department leading the field by integrating education, clinical care, community service and research. As a locally, nationally, and internationally recognized department, our mission incorporates the following four components:
- Effective and innovative educational programs including: a unique longitudinal ambulatory family medicine clerkship extending from the M2-M4 years; an unopposed Family Medicine Residency at SwedishAmerican Hospital with an additional rural training track program at KSB Hospital in Dixon, Illinois; and a graduate public health program. The department’s diverse faculty includes board-certified family physicians, PhDs, PharmDs, nurse practitioners and behavioralists.
- High quality patient care that embraces the broad spectrum of family medicine. Our offices serve the communities of Rockford, Rockton, Rochelle and Belvidere, Illinois.
- Modeling of an ethic of community service that includes care for a variety of underserved populations. Care is provided at three different local health departments, several substance abuse treatment facilities, the Winnebago County Jail, a number of nursing homes, and two school-based health centers.
- Developing and disseminating new knowledge to enhance the primary health care of individuals and their families through research including peer-reviewed publications and presentations at national meetings.