The specialty of family medicine is centered on lasting, caring relationships with patients and their families. Family physicians integrate the biological, clinical, and behavioral sciences to provide continuing and comprehensive health care. The scope of family medicine encompasses all ages, sexes, each organ system, and every disease entity. Family physicians also pay special attention to their patients’ lives within the context of family and the community. While there are similarities between family medicine and the other primary care specialties, family physicians have an unprecedented opportunity to have an impact on the health of an individual patient over that person’s entire lifetime.

Family medicine is a three-dimensional specialty, incorporating (1) knowledge, (2) skill, and (3) process. At the center of the process element is the patient-physician relationship with the patient viewed in the context of the family. It is the extent to which this relationship is valued, developed, nurtured, and maintained that distinguishes family medicine from all other specialties. This information was adapted from the American Academy of Family Physicians website.

We are eager to partner with medical students at any point in their journey to family medicine. More information about these opportunities can be found on the Ohio State Department of Family and Community Medicine website, but feel free to reach out with any ideas.


  • Length of training: 3 years
  • Match: NRMP
  • Application Service: ERAS

Ohio State Department of Family and Community Medicine

  • Department Interim Chair: Shalina Nair, MD, MBA
  • Residency Director: Fred Miser, MD
  • Residency Coordinator: Laura Thompson, MA, 614-293-2651
  • Education Director: Allison Macerollo, MD

Learn more about the Department of Family and Community Medicine

Specialty Champions

  • Melissa Davis, MD
  • Chelsea Fu, MD
  • Sandra Palmer, DO
  • Eric Questel, DO


Ohio State Family and Community Medicine Fellowship 

AAMC Careers in Medicine: Family Medicine

American Academy of Family Physicians

A Glimpse Into Family Medicine