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Over two decades of impact

Since its founding, the department has systematically built clinical, research, and educational programs that have become deeply integrated into the fabric of Penn Medicine’s academic and clinical programs, the University, and the community.

A greater focus on high-value care and population health as well as unmet community needs requiring coordinated action created the impetus for the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. We have built a strong slate of current programs in education, patient care, research, and community health initiatives that involve strong collaborative relationships with federally-qualified health centers and other health care entities in the community.

1994

The Department 
is Founded

A greater focus on high-value care and population health as well as unmet community needs requiring coordinated action created the impetus for the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.

1996

First Department Chair 
is Appointed

Marjorie Bowman, MD, MPA, notably the first woman chair of a clinical department in the Perelyman School of Medicine

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1998

Residency Program Begins

Six residents are accepted to the inaugural Family Medicine residency class

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2007

Sports Medicine Fellowship

The ACGME-accredited Sports Medicine Fellowship moves under the Department of Family Medicine

2011

Residency Program Expands

The department expands its class size from 18 total residents (6-6-6) to 27 total residents (9-9-9)

2014

Appointment of Dr. Chyke Doubeni as Chair

Chyke Doubeni, MD, MPH is named Chair of the department. Under his leadership, the department creates two divisions: Family Medicine, and Community Health.

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2015

Global Health Fellowship

The Global Health Fellowship is established in collaboration with the Guatemala-Penn-Partners and the Hospitalito Atitlan

2015

Penn Family Care Relocates to 3737 Andrew Mutch, Market Street

The Penn Family Care practice moves from the Andrew Mutch Building into the 9th floor at 3737 Market Street

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2016

Relocation of Administrative and Faculty Offices

The 6th and 7th floors of the Andrew Mutch Building Renovations are completed and the administrative staff and faculty move in.

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2017

Practice Expansion

The department opens a second clinic, Penn Family Medicine, at Pennsylvania Hospital located at 8th and Spruce Streets in the historic Society Hill district of Philadelphia. The nation's first hospital has been a leader in patient care, treatment techniques and medical research for over 260 years.

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