RESIDENCY - Department of Family & Community Medicine

Community Oriented Primary Care (COPC)

The COPC program involves a step-by-step process of identifying and addressing the health problems of a local community or population, developing and implementing an intervention and ultimately monitoring the impact of the intervention.

In the COPC program, our health professionals work in partnership with community members, such as neighborhood associations, other health organizations, local coalitions, school districts, social service agencies and local government at every step of the process.


Our Current Target Populations include:

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  • Women recovering from substance abuse
  • Homeless families in transition
  • A medically under served area of San Antonio
  • Middle and high school aged youth from our clinic service areas


During the first 6-months of residency, everyone gets the chance to rotate through each project. Each resident then chooses one project that will serve as their COPC project through the remainder of residency. There is protected time provided for residents to plan and implement a project with a team of physicians and other faculty providing continuity.


In any of the chosen COPC projects, a resident reviews literature and extant data on the target population, conducts needs assessments to define the population's health priorities, then involves the target population in planning, implementation, and evaluation of a chosen intervention.



Residents: Gain an important skill for future practice. Experience in how to work with local communities and community partners to address health priorities.

Community: Gain preventive health education, Improved access to health services and careers, health screening and referrals to available resources, as well as the satisfaction of advocating for improvements in conditions that impact health.