Welcome to the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. Through a variety of courses, the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health offers educational opportunities across the lifespan with an emphasis on supporting communities toward the goal of a healthier population. Links to further information about the required four-week family medicine and all elective course offerings can be found below.

The faculty and residents in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health enthusiastically embrace medical education. Our goal is to provide foundational clinical skills and knowledge that will shape the professional development of all Perelman School of Medicine students. We are passionate clinicians who provide comprehensive and coordinated care for individuals and for families through the use of clinical, biological, and behavioral sciences. We research issues that impact large populations and we focus on the social determinants of health that shape a person’s lived experience. We engage in quality improvement activities that add value for patients and providers in a complicated health care system. We engage our communities in partnerships with the goal of improving the health of all.


Dr. Renee BetancourtRenée M. Betancourt, MD
Director of Medical Student Education

Kent D.W. Bream, MDKent Bream, MD
Associate Director for Medical Student Education

Mario P. DeMarco, MDMario DeMarco, MD
Site Director for Penn Family Care 

Photo Not AvailableMzisa Pontrelli
Academic Program Coordinator 

  • Electives

    Our medical student education electives offer a professionally fulfilling foundation for students interested in pursuing Family Medicine and Community Health.

  • Curriculum

    Students in our Family Medicine clerkship are introduced to specialty and primary care while implementing skills learned in the first three modules of medical school.

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