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Department of Family Medicine

About the Department of Family Medicine

Ellis Oaks Family Medicine

Vision and Mission of the Department

The Department of Family Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina is one of the oldest academic departments in the nation. Our faculty, residents, and staff take great pride in our service to patients, dedication to continuing improvement, and our commitment to academic growth and scholarly productivity. These values are reflected in our Department vision and mission statements:

Vision Statement:
The Department of Family Medicine strives to be recognized within the community, Medical University of South Carolina, and the nation as an innovative leader in clinical care, primary care education, and research.

Mission Statement:
The mission of the Department of Family Medicine is to provide excellent and comprehensive interdisciplinary health care to individuals, their families, and the community. This focus on excellence in care will be blended with the educational needs of residents, medical students, and health professions students and the search for new knowledge that will enhance the practice of family physicians.

Strategic Directions

The Department places a great deal of value on continual intellectual and professional development of our faculty and comprehensive service to our patients and community. To meet the future needs of our learners and patients, we have developed a current strategic plan with four main focus areas:

  • Provide a clinical experience to patients that they will rate as their best healthcare experience they have ever received.
  • Provide a stimulating academic environment in which faculty members are intellectually challenged and work together to expand their abilities to understand, teach, deliver and lead primary healthcare.
  • Expand and enhance our research capacity to lead and participate in clinical trials and other studies requiring primary data collection from patients.
  • Be a regional and national leader in the use of simulation in medical education for medical students, family medicine residents, and practicing primary care physicians in the community.

Department Organization

The Department of Family Medicine is organized into 5 sections: medical student education, residency and fellowship education, continuing medical education, research, and clinical care.


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