University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Family and Community Medicine, College of Medicine

Mission Statement

The Department of Family and Community Medicine is dedicated to education in the health professions, primary care service to the people of the greater Chicago area, and health related research. More specifically, we are dedicated to:

  • The education of health professions students and resident physicians so they can work together in multidisciplinary teams to provide competent, continuous, comprehensive, cost effective, ethical, family oriented care within a rapidly changing health system to people living in a variety of settings, especially urban underserved people, and within the context of their communities. This care would require skill in the use of sophisticated information systems and knowledge of managed care principles.
  • The provision of quality primary health care to our patients which is competent, continuous, comprehensive, cost effective, ethical and family oriented.
  • The promotion of scholarship and the conduct of research aimed at understanding and improving the basic health of our entire population. This would include studies of health promotion, disease prevention, disease treatment, as well as the process of health professions education and the organization and delivery of health care.


Message from the Department Head

Healthcare in the United States is in the midst of massive transformation. Although we cannot predict exactly what healthcare will look like in the US 10 or 20 years from now, we do know that family medicine will have an increasingly important role. Better primary care will lead to healthier people who have fewer medical complications and less need for hospitalization and emergency department visits.

At the UIC Department of Family and Community Medicine we are committed to achieving the Triple Aim of improved health of the population we serve, an outstanding care experience for our patients and reducing unnecessary cost. We believe that our medical students, residents, clinical and research staff are all important contributors to the transformation process.  Our growing research programs focus on solving the thorny problems of primary health care and the essential integration of primary care, specialty care, community health and public health. The UIC College of Medicine Patient Centered Medicine curriculum, led by Dr. Memoona Hasnain from Family Medicine, provides medical students an excellent, hands-on learning experience in community medicine focusing on underserved populations.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about Family and Community Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago.