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Longitudinal Underserved Community Curriculum

The Saint Louis University family medicine residency developed the longitudinal underserved community curriculum to prepare you for community-oriented primary care through focused study of community issues through the three years of residency.

  • PGY1: During the first month of residency, which is an ambulatory skills month, you will be introduced to our health center and community, including intimate partner violence simulation, neighborhood windshield survey and experiences with our staff.
  • PGY2: Each month, you will spend a day in Community Health Seminars led by the family physicians, pediatricians and behavioral health professionals at Family Care Health Centers.
  • PGY1-3: Monthly community-focused lectures in social determinants of health and cultural competency.

This model curriculum was developed through funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration and has been shared with residency programs across the country.

Highlights of LUCC Seminars​

Category Seminar Title Activities


Child Abuse and Family Dynamics Patient and family discussions, session with social worker, case studies
Child Developmental and Educational Issues Simulation of learning disabilities, parent panels about experience with children with learning disabilities
Pediatric Nutrition Community tour, exercise buying a healthy lunch for $5 within walking distance from health center
Child and Adolescent Community Resources Visits to community after-school and summer programs, and home for families in crisis


Senior Safety Net Visits to senior housing, senior day care, speech and hearing agency, primer on financial supports
Disabilities Visit to independent living community support and disability agency
Adult Chronic Disease Management: Obesity and COPD Bariatric surgery experience, obesity management, COPD practicum
Addiction and Homelessness Community agency visits, shadowing case workers of clients with insecure housing


Effects of Incarceration Conversations with ex-offenders, site visits
State Health Policy at the Capitol Meeting with Primary Care Association, hearings, conversation with state legislators on health issues
Medical Humanism Reading, writing, and discussion about the practice of medicine, medical errors, and wellness
Neighborhood Health Care Safety Net Visit community health center and settlement house, community tour

Recent Community-focused Lectures

  • Cultural competency (Bosnian, Albanian, Somali and Latino populations; use of interpreters; citizenship and naturalization)
  • Health disparities (understanding poverty, health outcomes in the region, LGBTQ health, health literacy)
  • Behavioral (addiction, adolescent risky behaviors, SBIRT)
  • Violence (intimate partner violence, human trafficking)
  • Policy (state health care policy, Affordable Care Act)