Family Medicine Vision and Mission Statements


The vision of the UTHSC Department of Family Medicine is to improve the health of the people of Tennessee through leadership in family medicine education, patient care, scholarly activities, collaboration and community service.


The primary mission of the UTHSC Department of Family Medicine is to produce high quality Family Medicine physicians to support the primary care needs of the state of Tennessee. To fulfill this vision and mission, we will:

  • Provide a warm, nurturing educational and work environment for health care professionals at all levels to grow and learn
  • Provide patients the highest quality, most compassionate, safest, and most cost-effective medical care in our family medicine centers and inpatient facilities
  • Develop, maintain, monitor, and constantly update our educational programs for students, residents, fellows, preceptors and practicing physicians across Tennessee to ensure we provide our learners the best educational programs
  • Develop and maintain the proper academic atmosphere that promotes the discovery and dissemination of knowledge important to Family Medicine education, patient care, health delivery systems and leadership
  • Collaborate with UTHSC departments, residency programs, other health care professionals, universities, individuals, local and state organizations and governments to enhance patient care, teaching, research and community service

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Contact Us


Priscilla Griffith
Phone (901) 448-0230
Fax (901) 448-0404


Sharon Tabachnick, PhD, MSLS
Phone: (901) 448-7574