Family Medicine News & Views

  • Dr Costerisan

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 [...]

  • Family Medicine

Everything Changes: Sooner or Later.

January 27th, 2023|

By Brian McIntyre, EdD, LCP - There is a great deal of change currently happening in Family Medicine residency programs across the nation. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has determined that updates and changes to the curriculum [...]

  • Dr Wynn

The Patient’s Voice

December 9th, 2022|

By Kelvin Wynn, MD - Two years ago, while attending the annual Association of Departments of Family Medicine meeting, I attended a session on patient engagement and advocacy in healthcare. I was moved by the stories and information presented. Giving [...]

  • Zacharias

Health, Healing, and Hope through Lifestyle Medicine

August 12th, 2022|

By Amy Zacharias, MD - It is not surprising that the rate of burnout for physicians has increased. The last few years have proven especially difficult for physicians due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the many challenges that came with [...]

  • Craig Griebel MD

Missing the Delivery Room

June 7th, 2022|

By Craig Griebel, MD - As many of you know (and some of you may not know) I cut back last year to 0.6 FTE (down to 3 days a week, basically). As part of that cutting back, I gave [...]

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Growing the Garden, Together

April 29th, 2022|

By Dejan Maksimovic, DO - This will be year three of our garden at UICOMP and, although we’ve had some setbacks dealing with trees, deer, and other small furry creatures, we were still able to donate over 600 pounds of [...]

  • Shevatekar

Health Equity Starts With Us

March 25th, 2022|

By Gauri K. Shevatekar, MBBS, MPH, CHES - With the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, as we witness its disproportionate impact on minority populations, the spotlight is back on the inequities in health and health outcomes. Undoubtedly, health equity is at the [...]

  • Lagouros

Journaling and 55-Word Stories for Wellness

February 23rd, 2022|

By Meredith Lagouros, DO - I am one of those annoying people who loves New Year’s! Not only do I like the excuse to dress up, the colorful noisemakers, and having a nice meal on New Year’s Eve, but I [...]

  • Family Medicine

Grateful to Be a Family Physician During Pandemic

January 31st, 2022|

By Asim Jaffer, MD - As we head into our third straight year of trying to return to a new version of normal, I wonder what history will ultimately show that we have learned from this global pandemic. I am [...]

  • Dr. NaAllah

Empathy for Self, Each Other, and our Community

December 9th, 2021|

By Rahmat Na’Allah, MD, MPH - It’s hard to believe it’s been a year and a half since I wrote my last blog addressing the disproportionate plague of teenage pregnancy and its lifelong impact on families and communities. I told [...]

  • Dr Costerisan

What We Look for in Potential Residents

August 23rd, 2021|

By Aaron Costerisan, MD - The residency academic year has its cycles and rhythms. Recruitment of new residents is more or less an ongoing effort, but it is escalating now toward its peak during interview season, which typically starts in [...]


What Teaching Students Has Taught Me

July 23rd, 2021|

By Elizabeth Gabel, MD - We were all students at some point. A career in medicine is to never stop learning, and we continue to be students long after our graduation date. But as physicians, we are also teachers. [...]

  • gratitude

Gratitude in Time of Turmoil: The Vaccination for Dismay

June 10th, 2021|

By Jeffrey Leman, MD - Gratitude: an emotion that we have all experienced, but what is it? The word Gratitude is from the Latin Gratia (meaning grace, graciousness, or gratefulness); that is a good starting point. Definitions in the literature [...]

  • Craig Griebel MD

How Family Medicine Physicians Step Up in Times of Crisis

May 3rd, 2021|

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 [...]

  • Be the Buoy blog

Be the Buoy

April 7th, 2021|

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. [...]

  • Kari Watts DO

Thank You, Peoria

March 4th, 2021|

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 [...]

  • Giant Oak

Land Acknowledgement: A Move Toward Reconciliation

February 9th, 2021|

By James Barnett, MD - "I/We would like to begin today by recognizing and acknowledging that the U of I System carries out its mission in its namesake state, Illinois, which includes ancestral lands of [...]

  • Dr. Kaar

Finding Small Victories in 2020

November 22nd, 2020|

By Jolyne Kaar, MD - Dear 2021, how to cap off 2020? A year’s review with highlights? January and February were my favorite months. And January 2020, like each year before, this year and now this new decade started [...]

  • Challenge of a Sense of Humor

The Challenge of a Sense of Humor

October 17th, 2020|

By Brian McIntyre, EdD, LCP - With everything that is going on in the world a sense of humor seems to be a difficult thing to maintain and that’s putting it mildly. We have a global pandemic, racial unrest here [...]

  • Dr Wynn

Black Privilege?

July 10th, 2020|

By Kelvin Wynn, MD - Privilege is an advantage that is unearned, exclusive, and socially conferred. White privilege is deep-seated power irrespective of income, class, and effort. Therefore, how might one explain the inherent power of Black people? Recent events [...]

  • Dr. NaAllah

Addressing the Racial Disparity in Teen Parent Rates

June 16th, 2020|

By Rahmat Na’Allah, MD, MPH - It’s easy to get lost in medicine. We regularly deal with complex challenges, patients, procedures, etc. It’s not hard to forget the basics. To reconnect, I like to ground experiences in the people [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Dr. Smith

Returning to Residency

February 5th, 2020|

By Laura Smith, MD - "Then why did you leave your rural practice?"This has been a common question in the past two-and-a-half years since I transitioned from working in a rural health clinic to being full-time residency faculty. Students, residents, [...]

  • Family Medical Center

Treating Addiction is a Radical Act of Love

December 19th, 2019|

By Melanie Andrews, MD - By way of introduction, it's important for you to know that I’m the hippie of the residency faculty. So with that said, I’m going to write about love. I’ve truly loved all aspects of family [...]

  • CBD oil

The CBD explosion: Miracle or hoax?

November 15th, 2019|

By Jeffrey Leman, MD - Cannabidiol (CBD): Since December 2018, you have seen it sold in gas stations, shopping mall kiosks, video stores and countless other places. What is behind this CBD explosion, and what are we to think about [...]

  • Dr. Omo Oni

Alumni Chatter: Dr. Omo Oni

November 5th, 2019|

By Kelvin Wynn, MD - On this edition of Alumni Chatter, I am pleased to have a conversation with Dr. Omomengbe “Omo” Oni. Omo is a 2019 residency graduate and is staying in the Peoria area to practice at [...]

  • Maternity Care

Maternity Care Crisis

October 16th, 2019|

By Craig Griebel, MD - I provide obstetrical care as part of my role as faculty member in the family medicine residency at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria (UICOMP). Approximately 8% of family physicians provide obstetrical care, [...]

  • Cultivating Our Osteopathic Garden

Cultivating Our Osteopathic Garden

September 13th, 2019|

By Dominique Fons, MD - When asked to describe myself, I say that I am a gardener in many aspects of life. I plant seeds and watch them grow. I add nourishment when needed and take advantage of good soil. [...]

  • Rural Student Physician Program

Pendulum swing in medical education?

July 22nd, 2019|

By James Barnett, MD - I recently met Dr. Maoxiim Tellez for breakfast at a favorite Springfield restaurant—Incredibly Delicious. (Indeed, it was that!)  I set out to see how the Rural Student Physician Program (RSPP) had influenced Maoxiim. Maoxiim and [...]

  • Dr. Knepp

Alumni Chatter: Dr. Keith Knepp

June 21st, 2019|

By Kelvin Wynn, MD - Healthcare has seen a significant change in its landscape, from technology and innovations to mergers, acquisitions, and competition. Effective leadership, particularly for healthcare organizations, is necessary to navigate this shifting landscape. In this edition of [...]

  • Jolyne Kaar

Human Trafficking: A Local View

May 13th, 2019|

By Jolyne Kaar, MD - It is likely that if you’ve watched the news, read articles online, or even seen a documentary over the past several months, you may have learned a thing or two about human trafficking. Human [...]

  • Baumgartner

Alumni Chatter: Meredith Baumgartner

April 22nd, 2019|

By Kelvin Wynn, MD - On this edition of Alumni Chatter, I caught up with Meredith Baumgartner, a fourth-year medical student, soon to be graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria. Meredith matched in to Family [...]

  • Lifestyle medicine

Lifestyle Medicine: The new prescription for health

April 11th, 2019|

By Amy Zacharias, MD - When you think of ways to improve your health, improved eating, increased exercise, stress reduction, and better sleep are just a few things that likely come to mind. But when was the last time [...]

  • Butterfly IQ

A Call to Bring Us Back to the Bedside

March 11th, 2019|

By Aaron Costerisan, MD - If you are a family physician, I am guessing you have more than once consternated over the situation of family medicine in the United States. The day-to-day demands keep piling up and, at the same [...]

  • Dr. Smith

Alumni Chatter: Dr. Laura Smith

February 7th, 2019|

By Kelvin Wynn, MD - I had the privilege of interviewing alum and faculty member Dr. Laura Smith for this edition of Alumni Chatter: A native of Salem, Illinois and 2012 graduate of the UICOMP Family Medicine Residency Program [...]

  • Family Medical Center

Calling All Family Medicine Residency Grads

February 6th, 2019|

By Kelvin Wynn, MD - I would love to share with our readers and your fellow alums where you are, what you are doing, and the impact you are having on the community you serve, as well as the opportunity [...]

  • Downtown Peoria

Serving Justice in Our Communities

February 5th, 2019|

By Kelvin Wynn, MD - The highly publicized police shootings of 15 young black men over the past two years troubles me. This issue, along with the increasing number of racially motivated hate crimes, has fueled the national conversation on [...]

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