Family Medicine

The Department of Family Medicine encompasses a large and diverse group of individuals in a variety of settings who share the common goal of providing high quality, comprehensive health care to patients and their families.

The department presently includes 21 full-time faculty, 85 volunteer faculty and 47 residents. In addition to utilizing busy academic ambulatory practices and inpatient services at three teaching hospitals (Buffalo General, Erie County Medical Center and Millard Fillmore Suburban), our teaching program relies heavily upon a network of dedicated community-based family physician teachers.

Along with our central focus of providing family-centered primary care to individuals of all ages, a variety of special interests are reflected in the clinical activity, research and educational programs of the department. These include Prevention and Wellness, Maternal and Child Health, Geriatrics, Rural Health Care, Global Health, and Urban Family Medicine (with an emphasis on the health care needs of traditionally underserved populations).

Medical student education is given the highest priority in the Department of Family Medicine, with course offerings available in all four years of the curriculum. Clinical training is based on individualized instruction and close one-to-one relationships between attending physicians and students. Classroom work relies primarily on small group discussions, active student participation, problem-based learning, and self-directed study. Emphasis is placed on communication and interviewing skills, the doctor-patient relationship, the bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach to patient care in the context of family and community, continuity and comprehensiveness of care, health promotion and disease prevention, clinical problem solving and rational therapeutics, as well as the diagnosis and management of common illnesses

Department Coordinator: Michelle Kasprzyk

Course Descriptions