Family Medicine

Patient advocates providing comprehensive health care for the entire family

Department of Family Medicine

Family medicine is the medical specialty that provides continuing and comprehensive health care for individuals and families. This specialty integrates the biological, clinical and behavioral sciences and encompasses all ages and sexes, each organ system, and every disease entity. It is this combination that qualifies family medicine physicians to provide continuing and comprehensive medical care and health maintenance and preventive services to each member of a family regardless of patient type or problem be it biological, behavioral or social.

Family medicine physicians, because of their background and interactions with families, are best qualified to serve as a patients advocate in all health-related matters, including the appropriate use of consultants, health services and community resources.


The department provides medical curriculum and training to medical students, residents and fellows.


Family Medicine research faculty and staff are developing real solutions to today's most pressing health care problems.

Clinical Care

Family Medicine clinical faculty provide comprehensive health care for people of all ages – from newborns to seniors.

3 Years of Family Medicine Residency Training
5 Indianapolis Clinical Facilities
1 Fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine

Support Family Medicine

Philanthropic support helps the Department of Family Medicine advance research and develop excellent medical education programs to help address the most pressing health needs.

The Department of Family Medicine also works closely with the Student Outreach Clinic, a free, student-run clinic that provides primary care-based medical, dental, social and legal services for the uninsured and underserved in the Indianapolis community. Support the IU Student Outreach Clinic.

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Meet Family Medicine Chair Kola Okuyemi, advocate for health equity

Dr. Kola Okuyemi’s career as an academic family medicine physician has focused on research and training programs to improve the health of underserved populations and advance health equity.

Collaborative Research

By fostering a collaborative research agenda with other IU School of Medicine academic departments and other clinical science schools of Indiana University as well as government organizations, provider organizations and non-profit agencies, investigator educators in the Department of Family Medicine continue to advance knowledge on health care access and delivery.


Family Medicine Residency

The Department of Family Medicine offers four three-year community-based residency programs. Residents in the IU School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency programs participate in integrated inpatient and outpatient learning and receive training in six major areas of medicine: pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine, psychiatry and neurology, surgery, and community medicine.

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