The Department’s Mission is to improve health through excellence and innovation in patient care, education, research, advocacy, and community empowerment. We are dedicated to building a just and equitable society, recognizing that health and illness are shaped by the contexts of people's lives. To accomplish our mission, we:
- Provide comprehensive care built on trusting and healing relationships with individuals, families, and communities.
- Educate learners in the principles and practice of family and community medicine, emphasizing the interconnectedness of people and systems.
- Advance and apply knowledge in patient care, population health, community engagement, and public policy.
- Promote a culture of inclusion, mutual support, and meaningful work.
The UCSF Department of Family and Community Medicine was founded in 1980 as an autonomous division of the School of Medicine, and became a full-fledged department in 1987. The Department consistently ranks as one of the nation’s top five departments of family medicine. The Department’s 59 core faculty members include three members of the Institute of Medicine and seven family physicians listed among the Best Doctors in America. The Department attracts outstanding medical school graduates from across the nation to train at its family medicine residency program at San Francisco General Hospital and its seven community-based affiliated residency programs across Northern California.
With more than 100,000 patient visits annually to its practices at San Francisco General Hospital and the UCSF Health System, the Department delivers full-spectrum family medicine care, including comprehensive primary care for patients of all ages, urgent care, inpatient acute care, and obstetrical services. Our commitment to excellence in patient care has been recognized by awards such as the San Francisco Health Plan Excellence in Patient Centered Care Award.
The Department’s prolific research programs, supported by more than $15 million annually in grant funding, address an array of compelling subjects including primary care innovation, health disparities, HIV epidemiology and prevention, family systems and chronic illness, reproductive health, and practice-based research.
The Department has played a leadership role in promoting community engagement in research, education, and patient care. Its efforts were instrumental to UCSF receiving the Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service from the Association of American Medical Colleges in 2012. The Department promotes diversity in all our programs and a climate of inclusion in our places of work and learning.