Message from the Chair

Peter J. Carek M.D. M.S.Peter J. Carek, MD, MS, CAQSM, FAAFP, DABFM, Professor & Chairman

The Department of Community Health and Family Medicine (CHFM) at the University of Florida College of Medicine was founded over 40 years ago.  From our beginnings to current mission, CHFM has sought “To develop an outstanding academic environment for education, research, and clinical practice in family medicine.”  As such, we provide the highest quality of care to the diverse population we serve and educate learners of all types and levels.  We actively study, critically review, and research our efforts in these activities to insure we are providing the highest quality medical education in an environment of the highest quality patient care.

At present, our 55 faculty members provide patient care to over 157,796 outpatient visits and approximately 9,000 inpatient visits, teach medical students in all areas of the Medical School Curriculum, and train 29 Family Medicine residents as well as Sports Medicine fellows. Our faculty and residents are involved in expanding the scholarly foundation for Family Medicine through active participation in research and quality improvement activities.

Our Family Medicine centers located throughout Gainesville and the surrounding area offer a full range of primary care services. Clinical sites in Gainesville are located at Hampton Oaks, Haile Plantation, Main Street (also housing the Family Medicine residency program), Eastside Community Practice and Jonesville. We also have a rural family medical practice in Old Town.  Additionally, faculty members in our Department provide primary care for students at the University of Florida Student Health Care Center and are an integral part of the sports medicine team caring for our student-athletes.

In addition to direct patient care and education, our department is involved in numerous programs and activities throughout the University of Florida campus and surrounding regions.  These programs include Medical Education, Research and Grants, Clinical Trials, Rural Health, UF Student Health Care Center, UF Family Medicine Residency Program, and Bioethics, Law, and Medical Professionalism.

At the University of Florida, our department is an integral aspect of the Health Sciences Center and we routinely partner with colleagues from a wide range of specialties. We also seek to utilize the vast array of resources available on the University of Florida campus to enhance the quality of care of our patients and the quality of education we provide to our learners.

We are an extremely proud and active member of the Gator Nation.  I appreciate your interest in our Department and the University of Florida.  I invite you to further browse our website and associated links.  I welcome any comments or questions and look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

Peter J. Carek, MD, MS, CAQSM, FAAFP, DABFM
Professor and Chair
C. Sue and Louis C. Murray, M.D. Professor in Family Medicine
Professional Biography

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