Family Medicine is a specialized medical field that provides continuous, comprehensive and individualized personal care to patients and their families whether they are healthy or not. It provides total personal care not only for treatment and control of acute or chronic diseases but also for health promotion, health maintenance and disease prevention. In particular, it emphasizes health promotion through smoking cessation, obesity control, regular exercise, diet modification, and stress management, as well as preventing infectious diseases through vaccinations, preventing chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension with periodic medical examinations, and detecting and treating early stage cancers.
Family Medicine also serves as a Health Behavior Clinic for smoking cessation, exercise & nutritional consultation, a Cancer Survivor Clinic for health promotion of patients who have or had cancer, an Optimal Aging Clinic for preparing healthy aging, and a Green Clinic for protecting against toxic environmental substances. Thirteen professors including Dr. Sang Min Park as a chief director, six Family Medicine fellows and over sixty residents are the members of this department.