Help us spread quality, whole person care to the communities we serve.


Welcome to the Department of
Family & Community Medicine

Everyone deserves a physician who can care for the whole person. As the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, we prepare physicians to meet the crucial and rising need of whole-person care. Our award-winning and passionate faculty serve as visible role models who show how fulfilling and varied a career in family medicine can be.

The Future of Health Care Depends
on Family Medicine

There has never been a better time to enter family medicine. The health care delivery model is rapidly changing, and family medicine has a major role to play. Only in family medicine can a physician can support a patient at every stage in their life, for a variety of needs. The family physician is the linchpin in the continuum of care. In the coming decades, family physicians will help deliver superior health outcomes while meeting the need of accessible and affordable care.

  • Community Garden

The Communal Garden

May 19th, 2020|

By Dejan Maksimovic, DO - Last year, when I heard chatter about getting a bigger garden near the clinic, my curiosity was piqued. Gardening has been a hobby of mine for several years now, starting with container gardening on [...]

  • Shevatekar

At the Confluence of Two Worlds

April 10th, 2020|

By Gauri K. Shevatekar, MBBS, MPH, CHES - I still remember the first time I was leaving India for the U.S. — the tearful goodbyes, the way my father held my hand, and the look in my parents’ eyes as [...]

  • Lagouros

Where’s My Tribe?

March 6th, 2020|

By Meredith Lagouros, DO - Anyone that has been through the medical gauntlet—college, medical school, residency, and then that final test: employment—understands that finding your tribe is crucial to your success. When I say “tribe,” I mean that special [...]

Whole Patient Care.
Whole Student Learning.

We offer a personalized education because that’s the kind of care we want our patients to receive. Our education blends hands-on clinical experience and the latest technology with caring, supportive faculty. Here’s how we help you reach the next level in your education:


Get hands-on at the clinic:

The outpatient Family Medical Center, affiliated with UnityPoint Health – Methodist, has more than 25,000 patient visits and hosts faculty-run dermatology, sports medicine, and women’s health clinics open to the community.

patient access

Access 900+ patient beds within three blocks:

Our partner hospitals UnityPoint Health – Methodist and OSF Saint Francis Medical Center reach a diverse patient population of about two million people, providing vast and in-depth learning opportunities.


Prepare with world-class simulation:

Our learners can access one of the largest, most technologically advanced simulation centers in the U.S., Jump Simulation, which operates as a collaboration between the College of Medicine and OSF HealthCare.

burnout prevention

Start burnout prevention now:

Physician burnout is a rising problem in health care and our faculty is actively working to equip our learners with strategies that enable healthy, lifelong careers in medicine.

Join Our Ranks

Join Our Ranks:
Become a Family Med Resident

The Family Medicine Residency, in collaboration with UnityPoint Health – Methodist, combines the prestige and resources of the University of Illinois with the value of a public hospital.

Serve How and Where You’re Needed Most

Serve How and Where You’re Needed Most

Ambulatory Medicine, Sports Medicine. Hospital Medicine. Maternity Care. Urgent Care. Public Health. The list goes on and on. Family Medicine is a broad field that offers learners ample choices when it comes to how they want to spend their career. With such a comprehensive skillset, family physicians are especially qualified to help underserved populations, including rural communities both home and abroad.

Join the Rural Student Physician Program:

This alternative learning opportunity provides third-year medical students an immersion experience across all areas of medicine and is based in a number of rural sites in Illinois. Gain unparalleled one-on-one learning to improve your interaction skills with patients.

Get involved in the community:

As champions of community health, this department is uniquely engaged with the Peoria region. Our team participates in multiple ongoing projects to do our part to improve the quality of healthcare in our area.


Connect with Our Team

The Department of Family and Community Medicine is a family of its own. We are a close-knit group who works together as a team and really enjoys what we do. Our faculty have the opportunity to seek out their interests and their mastery in these areas allows residents to learn from the best. Their doors are always open — start a conversation about family medicine today.