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Department of Family Medicine

The Department of Family Medicine is a place of special people who are making a difference in the lives of our patients, our trainees and each other. Our work on medical education, patient care and health policy resonates beyond the institution, producing an impact that is statewide, national and international in scope.

Since our beginning in 1973, we have trained over 390 family physicians, the majority of whom remain in Mississippi, while others practice from California to South Africa.

We strive to offer medical students a challenging curriculum that expands their horizons, and to provide a safe and nurturing environment in which to grow. Our graduates feel confident and prepared. We achieve this by recognizing the value in a team approach to patient care and learning. We continue to push the cutting edge of technology, and to emphasize evidence-based medicine and quality measures.

Students learn by doing. We engage them during every stage of their medical education and are honored to be a part of their growth as physicians. Even while offering a first-class learning experience, we also nurture a sense of family. We are here to listen to your problems, help with your challenges and celebrate your successes – personal and academic – whether you need comfort food, a shoulder to lean on, a ride when your car breaks down or a pat on the back for a job well done.

Believing that all of this makes our department special, we invite you to join us and prepare yourself for the many opportunities open to you as a family physician.

Family Medicine Update

Family Medicine Update is a comprehensive program designed to educate primary care providers. It features medical updates, current information and management strategies for various disease areas including cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, nephrology, neurology, pediatrics, women’s health, and the most common problems encountered in clinical practice. A primary goal of this program is to provide an update on the latest recommendations involving many subspecialties linked directly to the primary care physician, physician assistant and nurse practitioner.

In the News

Jarques Jones, 12, of Magee is a trooper as he receives an HPV vaccine from Pam Whittington, L.P.N.

UMMC experts: Raising recommended HPV vaccine age range could save lives

Thursday, October 18, 2018

When the Food and Drug Administration first approved Gardasil as a vaccine against human papillomavirus, it targeted preteens through age 26. The FDA has raised that ceiling to 45 for both men and women, giving many thousands more who receive the immunization a much greater chance of averting a number of cancers, especially cervical cancer in women. Read More