Addressing one of health care's biggest needs
By 2025, the country will need an estimated 21,000 additional family medicine physicians to do the curve-bending work of front-line care. It is family physicians who know their patients best, who can provide early detections and interventions, who can help their patients navigate the health system and understand the social determinants affecting their own health. Family physicians perform minor surgeries, deliver emergency room care, treat patients in the ICU, and perform routine OB care. In terms of public health outcomes, family physicians have enormous leverage and impact. While we will graduate qualified specialists, preparing students to meet the over-arching need for family medicine is our primary goal.