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Family and Community Medicine





William R. Willard, M.D., founding vice president for the UK Medical Center and first dean of the UK College of Medicine, was a national leader in the movement to establish Family Medicine as a recognized specialty in medical education and practice.In 1972, the University Board of Trustees voted to establish the William R. Willard Department of Family Practice in the College of Medicine, following the designation of the specialty of family practice in 1969. Kurt W. Deuschle, M.D., was named founding chair, and brought a unique approach to medicine that considered culture and community within the context of healing.As a result, the department’s name was changed in 2005 to the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

Today, the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) has programs at three campuses, with the department home based in Lexington, KY. The DFCM East Kentucky Campus is located in Hazard, KY, within the UK North Fork Valley Community Health Center. Our third campus is in Morehead, KY, at the St. Claire Regional Medical Center campus.

The department has a Family Medical Center clinic and hospital service on site at each campus. Our Family Medicine physicians provide primary care services for patients of all ages, from newborn to geriatric, including obstetrics. The department also has licensed psychologists, pharmacists and nurse practitioners working at our various clinic locations. There are three Family Medicine residency programs, a residency Rural Training Track, and a Sports Medicine Fellowship with a total of 34 residents and faculty. There is a required third-year Family Medicine clerkship through our Medical School program, and an optional rural longitudinal clinical experience for medical students in their third and fourth years.Faculty and students engage in a variety of clinical research, health services research and educational evaluation activities. A Global Health Track Program was approved in 2010.

The department consists of approximately 32 full-time and 18 part-time faculty members. We have over 350 volunteer faculty throughout central and eastern Kentucky, who welcome our students and residents into their practices for rotations and/or participate in our programs.

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