Faculty of the Department of Family and Community Medicine are devoted to comprehensive health care for people of all ages, across all genders, diseases, and parts of the body, in the context of their family and their community, emphasizing disease prevention and health promotion. Family Medicine is a primary care specialty that demonstrates high quality care within the context of a personal doctor-patient relationship and with an appreciation for the individual, family and community connection. Providing continuity of comprehensive care for the diverse patient population, family physician service is foundational to our specialty. Access, accountability, effectiveness and efficiency are essential elements of our discipline. Furthermore, the coordination of patient care within the current complicated health care arena is another vital role for the family physician. The Department includes twenty-nine employed physicians, resident physicians, and healthcare providers as well as five community physicians who participate in our teaching and research programs.
Among our employed faculty, we provide care in family medicine and behavioral medicine. Our faculty have special expertise in sports medicine and geriatrics.
At the WMU Homer Strkyer M.D. School of Medicine Oakland Drive Campus, the Department provides outpatient services in the Family Medicine Clinic. We also provide care at the Kalamazoo Family Health Center on Paterson Street where we are known as "Team Oakland." Our faculty see 1700 patients each year. The clinic faculty are supported by skilled nurses and two Physician Assistants in the setting of the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) to improve the quality of care provided. Our Family Medicine Clinic was among the first to achieve national recognition for PCMH designation through the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and The Joint Commission.
Allan Wilke, MD
Chair, Department of Family and Community Medicine