Family Medicine and Community Health
The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health trains its students and residents to become skilled primary care physicians who provide high quality, culturally-relevant and cost-effective care to Hawaiʻi’s diverse population. Its teaching goals are based on the assumption that primary health care is a fundamental human right and includes responsibility for:
Medical student instruction in the required third year clerkship focuses on ambulatory primary care, key concepts of health maintenance and preventive health and occurs throughout the State in the offices of Board-certified Family Physicians who provide essential primary care services to their communities. The Family Medicine Residency Program was established in 1994 and has graduated over 120 Family Physicians — over 75% of them currently practice throughout Hawaiʻi, including on the neighbor islands, rural areas and community health centers serving those most in need.
The Department has an active research and health policy agenda in health issues with indigenous peoples of the Pacific, increasing the quality of health care to disenfranchised and Medicare populations, and cancer and chronic disease prevention. Students and residents have numerous opportunities to participate in research and primary care quality improvement projects.
Phone: (808) 627-3235