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.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Charter Statement

Our Department of Family and Community Medicine is founded on the principle of caring for the whole person. Through this practice, we learn how socioeconomic factors and social support affect the health of our patients. We embrace diversity and honor the richness and beauty it brings to our world, community, department, and practice. We recognize that diversity is essential to healthy communities, healthy families, and to the equitable health of each and every person. We seek equity and inclusion as we teach, treat, care, learn, and collaborate. We denounce and actively oppose racism and hate. Members of our department unite to create an environment in which:

1. Learners feel included and supported
2. Patients feel heard and respected
3. Faculty feel empowered and connected
4. Staff feel united and invested

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The Power of Indecision

May 15th, 2023|

By Elizabeth Gabel, MD - Let me start this blog with a confession: I can be a very indecisive person. It drives my husband crazy at times. I currently have one of those inspirational posters in my office at UICOMP. [...]

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Healing a Healer

March 24th, 2023|

By Dominique Fons, MD - In my last blog, I discussed my burnout journey. Honestly, I continued to hover in and out of that state even after that posting. I was seeking something more than just a state of [...]

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Another Way to See

February 23rd, 2023|

By Aaron Costerisan, MD - For a while now, I have been interested in what the medical humanities can offer us in our practice of medicine. Admittedly, my interest may have as much to do with the fact that [...]

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 projects — including a community garden — to help 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.