Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Department of Family Medicine

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed this to be Family Medicine Week. “Michigan’s Family Physicians have historically demonstrated their dedication to the health and well-being of this state’s citizens by emphasizing the family and providing care to all patients…” Join us in celebrating all that Family Medicine Doctors do.


Throughout the week, faculty members of the Department of Family Medicine reflect on what family medicine means to them.


“Family Medicine is the natural partner in building person and community wellness. In case you need medical interventions, we are the one who can guide you to evidence-based and cost-effective care. Our mission is your health and well-being.” – Bengt B. Arnetz, MD, PhD, MScEpi, MPH, Chair, Department of Family Medicine



“Family Medicine, rooted in the traditions of general practice, nurtured by the lights of science and evidence and the water of the biopsychosocial model, is the one medical specialty that trains its physicians to care for all patients of any age, sex, or stage of life, in any location, and at any time with any condition.  Family Physicians humanize the science of medicine by combining the powers high tech science and high touch, personalized care that reduces mortality, morbidity, and cost while improving care quality throughout the community served.  We adapt to the needs of our patients and communities to care for and about the people who entrust their care to us.  Family Medicine is here for everyone’s health.” – David Walsworth, MD, FAAFP


“I love being a family doctor because I can journey along with a baby, a parent, and a grandparent (sometimes all in the same day) in both sickness and prevention. As a family physician,  I can help a wide range of people with a wide range of health problems be healthier and happier.” – Harland Holman, MD