Family Medicine News & Views

  • 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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