Mission Statement and Goals

Mission Statement

The mission of the Center for Family Medicine is to exemplify the ideals and values of Family Medicine by integrating excellence in education, patient care, and community service with the realities of the practice of Family Medicine.

Educational Goals of the Program

Resident physicians at the Center for Family Medicine receive training within a supportive learning environment that models clinical competence and fosters scholarly inquiry. The training is designed to satisfy the program's mission of training competent, caring Family Physicians. It is expected that upon completion of their training, residents will possess the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to demonstrate competence in the following:

  1. Adoption of the program's philosophy that Family Medicine is the cornerstone of excellent medical care. Family Medicine combines the traditional biomedical model of health care with a psychosocial model to develop a discipline that is able to care for the whole person / family / community. As such, Family Medicine physicians can and should be the foundation of medical care for most communities in North Dakota and the nation.
  2. Clinical excellence – exemplified by proven skill in gathering essential and accurate information about their patients using effective listening and communication methods. Examining data with an investigative and analytical thinking process and formulating comprehensive, problem-oriented, evidence based management plans.
  3. A commitment to continuity of care and family oriented comprehensive care demonstrated by the ability to provide appropriate, effective and compassionate clinical care for the majority of medical problems encountered in clinical practice – in all patient care contexts, including outpatient, inpatient, home and long-term care settings.
  4. Possession of sufficient knowledge and technical skills to competently perform most procedures within the scope of Family Medicine.
  5. Consistent emphasis on health care maintenance and disease prevention in addition to caring for acute and chronic medical conditions.
  6. Mastering of medical information – consisting of using technology to obtain medical information, knowing how to critique and appraise information for its validity and usefulness and showing an ability to incorporate the best medical evidence along with their own clinical expertise and the patient's wishes into medical decision making and patient education
  7. Consistent demonstration of the fundamental qualities of professionalism – respect, compassion, integrity, responsibility and commitment to ethical practice of medicine.
  8. An ongoing commitment to professional development. Realizing the responsible practice of medicine requires a life-long devotion to self-evaluation, learning and improvement.
  9. The ability to function effectively within a larger health care system. Teaming with other medical providers and coordinating the provision of cost-effective care without compromising quality for their patients – including recognizing their own limitations and appropriately referring. Also serving as advocates for their patients within complex and frequently confusing medical system.
  10. Understanding of the importance of the health and well-being of the physician and his or her own family. This includes personal and family health maintenance, as well as recognition of and appropriate response to early indications of physical and emotional health problems and/or impairment.