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St. Louis Family Medicine Residency Curriculum

Training and learning experiences are designed to expose residents to a broad range of conditions and practice environments, preparing them for independent practice.


First Year (PGY-1)

Rotations Length
Introduction to Ambulatory Care 4 weeks
Family Medicine Inpatient Service 12 weeks
Inpatient Pediatrics

8 weeks 

Intensive Care Unit 4 weeks
Obstetrics 8 weeks
Surgery 4 weeks
Newborn Nursery 4 weeks
Sports Medicine 4 weeks
Behavioral Health 4 weeks

 Second Year (PGY-2)

Rotations Length
Family Medicine Inpatient Service 8 weeks
St. Mary’s Adult ER 4 weeks
Pediatric ER 4 weeks
Gynecology 4 weeks
Sports Medicine 4 weeks
Cardiology 4 weeks
Geriatrics 4 weeks
Ambulatory Pediatrics 4 weeks
Community Medicine 4 weeks
Psychiatry at VA 4 weeks
Electives 8 weeks

Third Year (PGY-3)

Rotations Length
Senior Teach 4 weeks
Family Medicine Inpatient Service 8 weeks
Practice Management 4 weeks
Dermatology 4 weeks
Ophthalmology/Urology/ENT 4 weeks
Vascular and Breast Surgery 4 weeks
Pediatrics Subspecialty Clinics 4 weeks
Palliative and Integrative Medicine at VA 4 weeks
VA Adult ER 4 weeks
Elective 12 weeks

Optional Concentration Tracks

Maternity concentration

  • For residents who wish to practice obstetrics, this experience includes augmented elective and continuity experience in prenatal care, labor and delivery and postpartum care. It additionally requires a related academic project.

Sports medicine concentration

  • Interested residents complete at least one year of longitudinal team physician experience, including training room and game coverage, and complete additional elective experiences in sports medicine, orthopedics, musculoskeletal radiology, and physical therapy. It additionally requires a related academic project.
Resident Didactics

Residents have four hours of protected time weekly for didactics. A three-year curriculum covers core Family Medicine topics, with lectures provided by a variety of SLU, St. Mary’s, and Family Care primary care providers and specialists. Other ongoing didactic topics include longitudinal board review, journal club, quality improvement forum, case conferences, Balint, and support group.

Grand Rounds

Grand Rounds occur once monthly and are attended by faculty, residents, and medical students. Lectures are provided by Family Medicine faculty as well as specialists who provide updates and advances in their areas of expertise.

Innovative Learning Experiences

Longitudinal Underserved Care Curriculum

Provides residents with ongoing learning about social determinants of health and hands-on opportunities for immersion within the St. Louis community.

Family Medicine Behavioral Health Collaborative Curriculum

Residents receive augmented training in integrated behavioral health via didactics, workshops, and regular collaboration with behavioral health faculty and staff at Family Care and SLU Medical Family Therapy

Program for Away Rotations

Residents have the opportunity to do overseas medical work with the financial support of the university.

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