Welcome Letter

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Yvette Rooks, M.D.

Letter From Our Director

Our program is one of the oldest in the country and continues to train outstanding family physicians. We have graduated almost 400 graduates to date who work in every imaginable practice setting - from rural areas to the inner city, East Coast to the Pacific, suburban group practices to managed care settings, as well as in many academic positions. We have a long list of distinguished graduates, including exceptional clinicians, administrators, health policy leaders, academic faculty members, researchers, program directors, chairpersons and most recently a White House Fellow. These accomplished family physicians practice all across the country.

These are exciting times in our department. University Family Medicine (our family health center) is a model practice site where faculty, residents and medical students see patients side by side caring for over 20,000 ethnically and economically diverse patients. We have embraced the transformation to an NCQA Level 3 Centered Medical Home, which we believe is the care of the future.

Our faculty also provide services at the newly opened site, University of Maryland Immediate Care, which is immediately adjacent to the family health center where we care for the 5,000 students in the professional schools at the University of Maryland, Baltimore and the campus employees. We also have designated faculty who provide Integrative Medicine that includes acupuncture at Kernan Hospital and the downtown practice.

The Department of Family and Community Medicine believes in top notch education and has played a large role in the education of medical students. This medical student third year clerkship has continued to receive the highest ratings of all the required clerkships in the medical school.

We are prepared to meet the training needs of the next generation of family physicians. In addition to our program's expertise in urban health care, our residents benefit from the combination of a university setting with community-based hospital rotations. Our 28 residents and 18 full-time faculty are a talented group of men and women with a rich mixture of ethnic diversity and academic interests. Seven of our faculty incorporate obstetrics as part of our practice, giving our residents many positive role models.

The department sponsors 2 fellowship programs. Dr. Valerie Cothran is the Fellowship Director for the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship which is co-sponsored by Union Memorial/MedStar Hospital. Dr. Beth Barnet is the Director of our Research fellowship co-sponsored with Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics - in which fellows obtain their Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health. The department sponsors a Sports Medicine fellowship with 2 fellows per year. Dr. Valerie Cothran is the Fellowship Director for the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship which is co-sponsored by Union Memorial/MedStar Hospital.

Our residents receive a global exposure to all aspects of family medicine. They truly benefit from the "best of both worlds"- the academic aspects of the university and the real world practice of the community. We welcome the opportunity to show you personally why the University of Maryland continues to be one of the premier American training programs in Family Medicine.


Yvette L. Rooks, M.D., CAQ FAAFP
Residency Director

For more information, call the University Physicians Consultation and Referral Service at 1-800-492-5538 (patients) or 1-800-373-4111 (physicians).