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Department Overview

Overview and Highlights:  

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The Department of Family and Preventive Medicine houses 5 divisions: Family Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Physician Assistant, Southeast AIDS Training and Education Center, and Community Health.  Formal training programs include the Family Medicine Residency Program and Preventive Medicine Residency Program, the Physician Assistant Program, the Southeast AIDS Training and Education Center, and Medical Student Programs.   The Family Medicine Division is responsible for the Emory Family Medicine Clinic at Dunwoody, Behavioral Medicine Programs, and the Special Projects office.  Department affiliates and community partners include the Emory University Student Health and Counseling Center, the Atlanta VA Medical Center, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Wesley Woods Geriatric Center,  Rollins School of Public Health, CDC, American Cancer Society, the Georgia Departments of Public Health,  Community Health, Labor, Human Resources, andCorrections,  DeKalb and Fulton County Health Departments, and the Georgia Statewide Area Health Education Center Network.  

The vast majority of research is conducted by the divisions of Preventive Medicine and the SEATEC. More recent scholarly projects include the depression screening, health risk assessments and practice improvements to expand patient access to our clinic, enhanced electronic medical record functionality, patient self management community resources consistent with the PCMH model of health care delivery. The primary clinical practice sites include the Emory Family Medicine Center at Dunwoody, Emory University Hospital at Midtown, Grady Memorial Hospital and Grady neighborhood primary care health clinics, the Atlanta VA Medical Center, and the Emory Student Health Service.   The Behavioral Medicine Program faculty practice both at the Family Medicine Center Dunwoody.

The Department’s administrative homes are found in multiple locations on and off campus.   The central administrative office is at Gatewood Road on the main campus next door to the Emory Student Health and Counseling Services.  The Physician Assistant Program is housed in the Health Science Library building on Clifton Rd next to the Rollins School of Public Health, Rollins and Whitehead Research Buildings and across the pedestrian bridge from the School of Medicine Education building and Woodruff Health Science Administration building.  Visit the interactive campus map to view these locations    The Medical Student Programs is located at the Gatewood Rd  facility with the Department's central administration.  The  SEATEC is in the process of moving from the Briarcliff campus.  The Family Medicine Division, Residency Program and Behavioral Medicine Program are located at the Emory Family Medicine Center Dunwoody, 20 minutes north of campus. The Grady Community Health administrative office is in the Steiner Building across the street from Grady Memorial Hospital (see map) 

The Southeast AIDS Training and Education Center (SEATEC)

SEATEC was developed and became a division in the department in 1988.   Dr. Ira Schwartz, a Pediatrician and Public Health Commissioned Officer at the CDC was recruited to Emory in 1992 to become the Director of SEATEC.   Additionally from 2004 until present, he has held the position of Associate Dean, Director of Admissions in the Emory School of Medicine.   Primary funding for SEATEC is from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, HIV/AIDS Bureau.  SEATEC is a U.S. Public Health Service-designated AIDS Education and Training Center for six southeastern states: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The primary mission of SEATEC is to meet the training needs of health care providers in these six states who diagnose and manage patients with HIV, with special focus on minority and minority-serving providers, rural providers, and providers working in Ryan White-funded programs. Physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, dental professionals, and clinical pharmacists are SEATEC's highest priority health professionals for training.   They also conducts research in HIV/AIDS and at-risk populations. 

The Physician Assistant Program was developed in 1967 as a cardiac medical specialty training program housed at Grady Hospital, was moved to the Emory campus in 1969, and became a bachelor degree granting program in 1971 within the School of Medicine.  In 1988 the PA program converted to a master’s degree program, granting their first master of medical science degree in 1990.  This program is administrated through the Office of Medical Education and Student Affairs and is a division within the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. The PA Program division, housed on the Emory University campus in the same building that housed the Health Science library, offers the entry level training program with a dual degree option in partnership with the Rollins School of Public Health.  Addditionally a postgraduate PA residency training opportunity in primary care focusing on leadership in the patient centered medical home model of healthcare delivery in partnership with Emory and the Atlanta VA Medical Center, has been developed with more postgraduate PA residency programs planned for the future.   US News and World Report published the first rankings of PA Programs nationally in 1999.  The Emory Program was ranked #2 at that time, and is currently ranked #4.  

Within the Department are multiple training programs:  the Family Medicine Residency Program and Behavioral Medicine internship training program, the Preventive Medicine Residency Program, the Southeast AIDS/Training and Education Center, and the Physician Assistant Master of Medical Science Degree Program with a dual degree option (PA/MPH). There are several postgraduate Physician Assistant Residency Programs affiliated with the Emory Physician Assistant Program located at Emory Healthcare and the Atlanta Veteran's Administration Center.  Several Family Medicine faculty serve as society leaders and mentors for the Emory School of Medicine undergraduate medical education programs.   The Family Medicine Interest Group faculty advisor and  the ambulatory clinical rotations are co-directed by Family Medicine faculty leaders.

The Family Medicine Division houses the Family Medicine Residency Program, provides support for medical student clerkships, a faculty/student mentoring program, and practical experiences in outpatient and community service-learning settings, as well as guides the School of Medicine Family Medicine Interest Group. Family Medicine Physician faculty serve as medical student phase one curriculum society leaders.   The Emory Family Medicine Center in Dunwoody is the primary practice site for faculty and residents, while the Emory University Hospital Midtown is the practice site for inpatient services. Some of the Family Physician employed by the CDC provide patient care once a week at the Emory Family Medicine Clinic. The Behavioral Medicine Program is located in the Family Medicine Center.   Our Behavioral Medicine specialists provide patient counseling services at the Emory Family Medicine Clinic.  They serve as Family Medicine Residency Program educators as well as provide mental health services to patients. 

The Preventive Medicine Division houses the Preventive Medicine Residency Program, and conducts the majority of public health and primary care research in the Department.   Faculty from the Preventive Medicine division provide patient care and supervise Family Medicine residents at the Emory Family Medicine Clinic Dunwoody.

The Community Health Division provides community-based primary care to medically underserved populations through four (4) of the Grady Memorial Hospital Neighborhood Health Centers and serves as a training site for Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine residents, Physician Assistant students, Nurse Practitioner students, and medical students.  Recently, several of these clinics were awarded NCQA  Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home Recognition.