Research within the Department of Family and Community Medicine has grown exponentially in recent years. The work reflects both the diversity of that patient population and the vast spectrum of interests among the primary care clinician-researchers.
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The Department of Family and Community Medicine has a strong history of collaborative research efforts with other departments and divisions, including general internal medicine, pediatrics, sports medicine and public health sciences.
Research areas include:
- Health disparities and underserved populations
- Medical education
- Patient self-support
- Primary care quality improvement
- Cancer survivorship
- Integrative medicine
- Caregiver support
- Global health research
- Chronic pain
More about Research in Family and Community Medicine
The Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program Office is housed within the Office of Outreach and Research.
Within the central program office, the AHEC team provides support for the seven AHEC regions, coordinates student and faculty development programs and e-learning activities and manages statewide data and reporting as well as programmatic fiscal operations.
The AHEC program strives to meet the health care needs of underserved communities by improving the supply and distribution of the health-professions work force.
A variety of continuing education programs are available in family and community medicine. When available, registration links appear below.
Departmental Research Support
The department is home to a core group of research project managers dedicated to helping Department of Family and Community Medicine faculty members pursue their research interests.
At every stage of the research process, from identifying funding opportunities, crafting the proposal and budget, implementing the protocol, all the way through to disseminating the study results, the research team offers comprehensive expertise and support.
Submitting a Project Proposal
In order to better match studies and projects with resources and support, the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Penn State Ambulatory Research Network have developed a procedure for prescreening and review of possible projects.
When a Penn State investigator is interested in submitting a proposal for conducting a study through and with FCM, that investigator is required to review and complete a brief questionnaire about the proposed project.
An initial review by Alan Adelman, MD, Vice Chair for Research, and/or core FCM faculty members, determines if the project is compatible with the department mission and whether the study is feasible in the department and its practices.
If deemed compatible and feasible, the project will be presented at the department’s monthly Research Coordinating Council meeting to review the application and provide feedback.