About the Department of Family Medicine

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Leadership in holistic, lifelong, patient-centered care, education and research

Our rapidly growing program combines excellence in medical care with social justice. We aim to enhance the quality of life for underserved and vulnerable patients, while educating future generations of highly skilled, compassionate primary care specialists. Our goal is to combine education, patient advocacy, and evidence-based research to advance the family medicine discipline.

Facts & Figures

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The Department of Family Medicine provides care for every member of the family, across generations and over lifetimes. In addition, the department is home to research, training and advocacy centers on the USC Health Sciences Campus and in the community.

  • The National Center on Elder Abuse, the only center of its kind in the U.S., is based at the Department of Family Medicine, with department Chair Laura Mosqueda, MD, at its helm.
  • In 2015, the Department of Family Medicine received a three-year, $2.5 million Health Resources and Services Administration grant to create the USC-Los Angeles County Training a Workforce in Interprofessional Geriatrics (USC-LAC TWIG), a primary care workforce with interdisciplinary competency in treating health issues faced by elderly patients.
  • Our outpatient residency clinic, the USC-Eisner Family Medicine Center at California Hospital, is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). With a special focus on helping underserved, vulnerable patients, this residency program maintains strong connections with several FQHCs in downtown Los Angeles including Eisner, Huntington Park and South Central family health centers.
  • Our Physician Assistant Program ranks 20th in U.S. News and World Report out of 192 programs.

Our Mission

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The mission of the Department of Family Medicine is to improve the health of individuals and families in partnership with the communities we serve by translating advances in medicine to excellent, accessible and holistic care through education, scholarship and service.

Our guiding principles are:

  • Community partnership
  • Multidisciplinary collaboration and teamwork
  • Critical thinking and receptive listening
  • Fiscal responsibility
  • Organizational transparency