Thomas Jefferson University
Sidney Kimmel Medical College
Department of Family &
Community Medicine

Overview

The Department of Family and Community Medicine's educational programs continue to grow and diversify, while remaining the heart of our Department. We have graduated 372 family physicians since 1974. Nearly 50% of graduates from the past ten years are choosing to work in medically underserved areas; a similar number chose academic careers. Many leaders in family medicine across the nation have roots in our department. In recent years, we have made a major commitment to increasing the diversity of our residents, in order to better serve their future patients. Twenty percent of our current residents are from groups underrepresented in medicine; fully 40% of our interns are from URM backgrounds.

We are more active than ever in pre-doctoral medical education and interprofessional education. Our 6-week required 3rd year clerkship continues to be the #1 rated clerkship, every year since 1974. Our Physician Shortage Area Program (PSAP) will has over 400 graduates, and half of them remain in long-term rural practice, 2/3 as family physicians. In recent years, we have built on the success of the PSAP program, including rural recruits from Delaware and creating the Urban Underserved Program to complement our rural primary care program. Most recently, we are working to develop a track for Physician Assistant students.

Our community medicine programs continue to grow and deepen. The Jefferson Center for Refugee Health is a national leader in creating a patient-centered medical home model for refugees, and is partnering with the CDC and others to document the impact of their work. And our 20+ year partnership with ProjectHOME has entered a new era. In November 2013, the Wellness Center was officially designated an FQHC, and in 2015 the new Stephen Klein Wellness Center opened its doors and provides dramatically expanded primary care, health, and wellness services to homeless and formerly homeless individuals in north Philadelphia. We are so proud to be part of these and many more incredible opportunities to serve our community and better prepare our students and residents.