Established in 1965, the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health was the first academic family medicine department in the United States. The department was started by Lynn P. Carmichael, M.D., considered one of the founders of the discipline of family medicine in the United States. One year later, the department set another precedent when it established the first Family Practice Training Program at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Our academic department is located on the campus of the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, South Florida’s premiere research and patient care facility. The department is well known and respected for its history of community service. One of our important missions is to improve access for our patients and improve the effectiveness of primary medical care throughout the Miami-Dade community.
As part of the culturally diverse community in South Florida, our department focuses on multiculturalism, language, and human behavior skills, in order to train physicians to understand the difficulties and complexities of working with diverse populations.
Education is another of the department’s primary missions. Our faculty members work diligently to prepare the next generation of physicians to become caring family doctors, committed to the well being of patients, their families, and the community at large. Our family medicine residency program provides broad-based and comprehensive medical education essential for family physicians in training.
Our department also offers international family medicine education opportunities in Haiti and is developing post-graduate fellowship opportunities in obstetrics/family medicine, geriatrics, sports medicine, and family medicine.
In addition to our ongoing clinical research efforts, the Division of Primary Research/Health Services Research and Development, conducts research that closely examines the structure, practice, and outcomes of healthcare. Our faculty development programs provide academic and professional leadership skills to physicians in the community.
For more information about the department and the various services and programs we offer, please call our administrative offices at 305-243-2848.