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The Department of Family Medicine is committed to producing high-quality scholarship that improves patient care, medical education, and health policy. Benefiting from the renowned academic environment of the University of Chicago, our Family Medicine researchers apply rigorous qualitative and quantitative methods to practical problems.
Our current research projects have diverse funding sources, including National Institutes of Health, private foundations, and the University of Chicago's Urban Health Initiative.
We study topics relevant to Family Medicine practitioners, patients and students, including:
- Community-based medical education
- Reproductive health outcomes and disparities
- Screening for diabetic retinopathy
- Clinical ethics and narrative medicine
- Translating new research into practice
In addition to producing primary research, members of the Department of Family Medicine participate in systematic dissemination of new research from the medical literature into medical practice. We nominate and review papers as part of the PURLs (hyperlink to PURLs page on DFM website) surveillance system and write Help Desk Answers for Evidence Based Practice, a publication of the Family Physician Inquiry Network.
Faculty, fellows and residents all participate in research activities, and we welcome students to get involved. Research takes place on both our south side Chicago campus, through the Pritzker School of Medicine and the University of Chicago Medical Center, and at our north suburban sites through NorthShore University HealthSystem.