Message from the Chair

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Roger Zoorob, M.D., M.P.H., Chair, Department of Family and Community Medicine

On behalf of the faculty, residents, and staff of the Department of Family and Community Medicine, I welcome you to our website, which provides an overview of the clinical presence, training programs, and evidence-based research sponsored by the department.

The Department of Family and Community Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine works at the forefront of medical education and discovery to deliver excellent and holistic patient care. Our faculty oversees a comprehensive undergraduate medical education curriculum, residency program and fellowships, clinical services, and research programs.

The 2015-16 academic year was filled with successes. We have welcomed 14 physicians and mid-level providers into our department, bringing us to 176 faculty between our group practice, community health programs, training programs and our research mission area. Our clinical faculty has been remarkably productive. In FY16, we provided outstanding care for 563,143 patient visits (238,232 unduplicated) in 21 health centers and clinics, plus the patients at Ben Taub Hospital.

The department provides a dynamic and challenging educational experience for medical students, residents, and fellows. We sponsor fully accredited family medicine residency training and this year secured a state grant allowing us to start an additional residency program based at The Woodlands in 2017. This new residency is key to expanding our training capacity and doing our part to address provider shortages in Texas and beyond. Our students and residents also learn at community-based teaching sites. These community-engaged programs offer exposure to diverse clinical environments and patients from all walks of life. This year our faculty was instrumental in the education of 584 medical students, 18 residents, and 3 full-time and 6 part-time fellows.

The department offers continuing medical education and grand rounds for the region’s practicing physicians. Our Primary Care Update was held in October to accolades from the attendees who endured the threat of inclement weather.

Research is an essential function of each of our mission areas. Our investigators have published 76 books, book chapters, and peer-reviewed articles; researchers presented at over 100 national and international scientific meetings, and secured new grants, bringing us to a total of $3.56 million in funding to support studies and the training of future innovators. This gives our residents and fellows unique opportunities for research in population health, clinical studies, and medical education.

If you have any questions or comments about our web presence, please feel free to contact me at FCMChair@bcm.edu. Thank you.

Roger Zoorob, M.D., MPH, FAAFP