University of Missouri School of Medicine’s Department of Family and Community Medicine has again been recognized as one of the nation’s top graduate programs by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News rankings recognize professional educational programs that demonstrate reputable academic standards and are valued highly by their peers.
“We are honored and humbled to be nationally recognized as making an important difference in the discipline of family medicine,” said Michael LeFevre, MD, chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine. “We strive to advance health and primary care through leadership in patient care, education and scholarship. We believe that these efforts result in better care for patients, not only here in central Missouri, but in indirect ways across our country.”
MU’s Department of Family and Community Medicine is composed of 75 faculty members from multiple disciplines. These physicians practice side-by-side with resident physicians providing patient care in MU Health Care’s family medicine clinics – located in Columbia and in three nearby rural communities – as well as in two area hospitals and the local federally qualified community health center. In addition to the eight practices, the department manages three Mizzou Quick Care clinics.
“We are all proud of the recognition received by the Department of Family and Community Medicine,” Dr. Steven Zweig, dean of the University of Missouri School of Medicine said. “Chairs such as Drs. Colwill, Williamson, and now LeFevre have been national leaders in family medicine. Many more of the faculty, residents, and staff contribute to the department’s excellence.”
The medical school’s family medicine physicians have been consistently recognized as national leaders in the field, as the department has been ranked among the top 10 of U.S News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools for nearly 26 consecutive years.
U.S. News & World Report’s Best Family Medicine rankings were determined by survey data relating to both the research and primary care aspects of the department, as well as survey responses from peer physicians.