This book tells how the Department of Family Medicine was established at the University of Michigan in 1978 and how it has evolved since then. The forty years of stories paint a detailed picture of the department leaders, faculty, staff, and learners who coped with setbacks, challenges, and accomplishments in establishing this specialty at a nationally renowned medical school.

Kent J. Sheets, PhD joined the faculty of the University of Michigan Medical School Department of Family Medicine in 1982. He has witnessed over 35 years of its 40 years of history and with the help of colleagues and associates tells the inside story of the founding and growth of a remarkable department in a leading medical school.