Family & Community Medicine

Family & Community Medicine

Department of Family and Community Medicine

The Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria is dedicated to providing medical students and residents a supportive learning environment, rich in hands-on clinical experience and integrating the latest in technology – all centered around providing patients and their families the best care.

We offer a personalized education because that's the kind of care we want our patients to receive.

Just a snapshot:

ACGME & AOA ACCREDITED RESIDENCYThe Family Medicine Residency, established in 1972 in collaboration with UnityPoint Health - Methodist, has a long history of preparing primary care physicians ready to go directly into practice and equipping residents who choose to continue their education. The competitive three-year training program accepts ten applicants each year.  Dual accreditation for osteopathic graduates allows continued development of osteopathic skills.

FAMILY MEDICAL CENTER. Located at 815 Main Street in Downtown Peoria, the Department of Family and Community Medicine offices are located on the second floor of the Family Medical Center, an outpatient clinic affiliated with UnityPoint Health - Methodist. The clinic last year had more than 25,000 patient visits and hosts faculty-run dermatology, sports medicine, and women’s health clinics open to the community.

ACCESS TO MORE THAN 900 PATIENT BEDS WITHIN THREE BLOCKS. The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria partners with UnityPoint Health - Methodist and OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. The Peoria-based hospitals reach out to a regional, diverse patient population of about two million people, providing students and residents with vast and in-depth learning opportunities.

RURAL STUDENT PHYSICIAN PROGRAMThis 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. Students praise the one-on-one learning and greater ability to interact with patients.  

FAMILY AND COMMUNITY MEDICINE FACULTYWhile it may sound cliché, 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.

PSYCHIATRY AND FAMILY MEDICINE. The addition of a residency in Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Methodist has enhanced the teaching in this critical area for family physicians.  This new residency allows interdepartmental sharing of faculty for the benefit of both residencies.

SIMULATION. Students and residents have access to Jump Simulation, a collaborative project between the College of Medicine and OSF HealthCare. Jump is among the largest and most diverse simulation centers in the U.S. Its focus is medical education, performance improvement and research and development.

At the Department of Family and Community Medicine, we believe in educating physician leaders in transforming bright, dedicated medical students into competent and confident physicians.  Through the acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitudes from our faculty, we hope to provide our communities with doctors who know how to apply their knowledge of medicine appropriately for the patient who has trusted in them for their healthcare.