Department of Family Medicine
About the Department of Family Medicine
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:
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.
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.
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.
The Department of Family Medicine is organized into 4 sections: clinical care, research, medical education, and residency programs. The Department also places a high value on community service and both faculty and residents are highly encouraged to participate in volunteer medical services that give back to our neighbors.
The Research Section includes 5 physician faculty investigators, 2 PhD level research faculty members, and 1 PharmD research faculty member. Areas where research faculty focus their efforts include practice transformation and improving quality, cardiovascular health and preventive services, and minority health disparities. The practice transformation program capitalizes on our association with the Practice Partner Research Network (PPRNet) which is a community practice network of over 200 practices that all utilize the same electronic health record.
Researchers in the section serve as investigators on current grants that provide more than $2 million a year to the Department to support our research efforts.
Faculty in the Department participate in medical student education in all four years of the curriculum.
Our faculty members serve as small group leaders for the Fundamentals I (first year) and Fundamentals II (second year) courses for students. Students also can take the following electives in the first two years: Caring for the Community, Smiles for Life, and Students as Teachers.
Third year medical students work with the Department for 6 weeks for their Family Medicine/Rural Clerkship; this clinical training experience places students with rural family physicians throughout the state of South Carolina. Third year students also can participate in family medicine selectives during their selective rotations.
Fourth year medical student can elect to perform their required externship with our residency inpatient teams at Trident Regional Medical Center. One month electives are also available in Sports Medicine, Student Medical Director of the CARES Clinic, and Spirituality in Medicine. Students can also participate in a 6 month longitudinal elective on Health Care Delivery Systems.
The Department of Family Medicine collaborates with Trident Regional Medical Center to operate the Trident/ MUSC Family Medicine Residency Program. This unopposed family medicine resident program offers most clinical rotations at a community hospital in North Charleston with selected specialty rotations at the Medical University of South Carolina Hospital. The residency excels at training residents for both academic and community healthcare careers. Strengths include preparing residents to engage in quality improvement projects in their future practice or group and in producing scholarly works.
One of the core values of the Department is its community to the Charleston community. Faculty members donate between 800 and 1,000 hours a year volunteering at free clinics, health screening, and other health-related programs throughout the community. These activities extend to serving as the medical directors for two free clinics (the student-run C.A.R.E.S. Clinic and the Crisis Ministries Shelter Clinic) in the area.
Furthermore, the Department has educational programs to help prepare students to engage in service learning with underserved populations in the community. In addition to the C.A.R.E.S. Clinic, which is housed in one of the Department’s community based clinics, Department faculty members sponsor an elective for students (Caring for the Community) that focuses on care of the underserved as well as a residency training track on Underserved and Global Health.
The Department often has open faculty positions. If you are interested in learning more about available positions should visit the family medicine links on the MUSC Human Resources website.