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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
Musculoskeletal 1 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
Cardiology 4 weeks
Geriatrics 4 weeks
Ambulatory Pediatrics 1  4 weeks
Pain Management 4 weeks
Palliative Care 4 weeks
Electives 12 weeks


Third Year (PGY-3)

Rotations Length
Senior Teach 4 weeks
Family Medicine Inpatient Service 8 weeks
Dermatology 4 weeks
Surgical Subspecialties 4 weeks
Musculoskeletal 2 4 weeks
Ambulatory Pediatrics 2 4 weeks
VA with Addiction/Psychiatry 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.

Addiction Medicine Concentration

For residents who express an interest in addiction medicine, this experience allows expanded work with Addiction Medicine Fellowship faculty and continuity work with patients in the clinic. Residents will take electives in addictions at multiple sites, study pain management techniques, and manage at minimum 50 primary patients with substance use disorders. This activity includes a scholarly 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 and specialists who provide updates and advances in their areas of expertise.

Innovative Learning Experiences

Read the 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.