About the Department of Family Medicine

Vision & Mission of the Department

The Department of Family Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina is one of the oldest academic departments in the nation. Our faculty, residents, and staff take great pride in our service to patients, dedication to continuing improvement, and our commitment to academic growth and scholarly productivity. These values are reflected in our Department vision and mission statements:

Vision Statement

The Department of Family Medicine strives to be recognized within the community, Medical University of South Carolina, and the nation as an innovative leader in clinical care, primary care education, and research.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Family Medicine is to provide excellent and comprehensive interdisciplinary health care to individuals, their families, and the community. This focus on excellence in care will be blended with the educational needs of residents, medical students, and health professions students and the search for new knowledge that will enhance the practice of family physicians.

Strategic Directions

The Department places a great deal of value on continual intellectual and professional development of our faculty and comprehensive service to our patients and community. To meet the future needs of our learners and patients, we have developed a current strategic plan with four main focus areas:

  • Provide an excellent clinical experience to patients that they will rate as the best health care experience they have ever received.
  • Provide a stimulating academic environment in which faculty members are intellectually challenged and work together to expand their abilities to understand, teach, deliver, and lead primary Health care.
  • Expand and enhance our research capacity to lead and participate in clinical trials and other studies requiring primary data collection from patients.
  • Be a regional and national leader in the use of simulation in medical education for medical students, family medicine residents, and practicing primary care physicians in the community.

Department Organization

The Department of Family Medicine is organized into 5 sections:

Medical Student Education

Faculty in the Department participate in medical student education in all four years of the curriculum.

Residency & Fellowship Education

The Family Medicine Residency Program operates from MUSC Health.

Continuing Medical Education

The Faculty Development Program provides assistance to each faculty member to reach his/her individual academic goals, through the use of seminars and individual mentoring.


The Research Division includes 7 physician faculty investigators, 2 Ph.D. level research faculty members, and 1 Pharm.D. research faculty member. 

Clinical Care

MUSC Health Family Medicine is recognized as a Patient-Centered Medical Home.