Chairman's Message

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Dr. Frank A. Filipetto, FACOFP

Chairman of Family Medicine

On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, I want to thank you for visiting our website. The Department of Family Medicine is a multifaceted, interdisciplinary team of dedicated healthcare providers and researchers who are committed to providing excellence in clinical care, primary care education, and research. Through innovative curricular designs, early clinical experiences, and mentorship, the Department is focused on producing highly competent, caring, and compassionate Family Medicine physicians, helping reduce the shortage of primary care physicians in our Texas communities. Our faculty provides leadership and instruction to undergraduate medical students in our Clinical Medicine course that emphasizes culturally competent interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, clinical and procedural skills, problem solving and basic science integration. The Department also stresses the importance to our students of giving back to their communities in Texas through our Community Resources course which results in students providing 2000 hours of service to over 70 community service organizations in our community annually.

Currently the Department aims to provide a medical home and comprehensive quality care for the entire family at our 3 clinical sites. These include the Patient Care Center on campus, Eagle Ranch in Saginaw, and our Seminary Clinic in Fort Worth. We are proud to offer the convenience of extended and weekend hours at many of our clinical sites as well inpatient care for our hospitalized patients at Plaza Medical Center at Fort Worth.

The Department of Family Medicine provides leadership and directorship for the Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth’s Family Medicine Residency Program. Currently the program is approved for 12 positions by the American Osteopathic Association, with plans to expand to 24 positions shortly. Despite difficulties nationally in primary care recruitment, the Plaza Family Medicine Residency program has consistently filled its class, a testament to the commitment we provide in osteopathic graduate medical education through quality program development and advocacy on behalf of our interns and residents.

The Department is committed to research and scholarly activities that are applicable to family medicine and is fortunate to have researchers and infrastructure within UNT to create opportunities for collaboration and translational research.

The Department is honored and privileged to have contributed to the success of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine which has emerged as one of the nation's leading osteopathic medical schools. During this time, it has received both state and national recognition for its efforts to meet the demands of underserved populations and excellence in education in both primary care and family medicine. These honors included

Top 20 Specialty Ranking in Family Medicine
U.S. News & World Report, 2010 and 2011 editions

Top 50 Medical Schools for Primary Care Medicine
U.S. News & World Report, 2002 through present

Again, thank you for visiting our website and feel free to contact me at my e-mail with any comments or questions you may have.

This page last updated 21st Mar 2013