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.
By Craig Griebel, MD - We recently held our Family Medicine Interest Group procedures workshop. Students (M-1s, M-2s and M-3s) rotate through several workstations to learn skills of procedures performed by family physicians. It was fun to host the [...]
By Dominique Fons, MD - Ever since I started my teaching career, I have always felt that part of my role as an educator was to be a buoy in the rough and sometimes stormy sea of teaching middle schoolers. [...]
By Kari Beth Watts, DO - Waiting Children, they’re called: the thousands of orphans around the world who have a precondition that complicates their ability to be matched to an adoptive family. Perhaps they have Down syndrome, HIV, or a [...]
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:
“Family doctors are our rising stars for the future.”
- Dr. Margaret Chan, Former Director-General of the World Health Organization
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
As champions of community health, this department is uniquely engaged with the Peoria region. Our team participates in multiple projects — including a community garden — to help improve the quality of healthcare in our area.
Our goal is to instill the values of family medicine in every learner.
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.