Our History


1949 – Rural Preceptorship is established

1969 – Dr. Fay Smith, M.D. became the first Professor of General Practice at UNMC. Residency training programs in Family Practice began at UNMC.

1970 – UNMC’s Family Practice residency became accredited and approved by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents

1970 – Dr. Francis Land became the first Chairman of the Family Practice Department. During his chairmanship, the residency program expanded from four to 29 residents and a four faculty compliment.

1974 – Dr. Margaret Faithe served as Interim Chairwoman of the Department of Family Practice

1975 – Dr. Paul Young became the second Chairman of the Family Practice Department and continued to lead growth and expansion in the faculty and residency program

1980 – Dr. Margaret Faithe served as Interim Chairwoman of the Department of Family Practice. Dr. Faithe developed a training course for displaced foreign physicians from Vietnam, to assimilate them to American language, culture and customs, and provide them practice opportunities in rural Nebraska

1981 – Dr. Robert Bass served as the third Chairman of Family Practice and oversaw the development of a community-based rotation for Family Practice residents

1989 – General Internal Medicine and Family Medicine begin joint Primary Care Residency program

1990 – Dr. Michael A. Sitorius became the fourth Chairman of Family Practice

1991 – Rural Residency Training Tracks in Grand Island and Kearney were started

1992 – July, 1992 the department’s residency training program added the Family Practice residents from the United States Air Force – adding an 8x8x8 resident compliment and eight additional military faculty

1993 – Department begins Accelerated Residency program accepting four medical students

1996 – Department awarded first RO1 grant

1996 – Rural Residency Training Tracks in North Platte and Scottsbluff were started

2000 – Rural Residency Training Track in Norfolk was started

2003 – Department awarded second RO1 grant

2008 – Department of Family Medicine received the University-Wide Teaching Award from the University of Nebraska educational system

2009 – Department creates partnership with Xi’an Jai Tong located in China and hosts visiting professors

2010 – Department expands hospital services to Bellevue with the opening of the Bellevue Medical Center

2010 – Dr. Michael Sitorius honored for 20 years as Chair in the Department of Family Medicine