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Family Medicine Residency at Saint Louis University

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What is Family Medicine Residency?

Family Medicine Residency is a three-year specialty training after medical school. Residency prepares you for outpatient and inpatient adult and pediatric practice, women’s health and maternity care, behavioral health care of your primary care patients, and a wide range of outpatient procedures.

Family Medicine Continuity Clinic: You will have your own panel of patients. Residents generally rotate one half-day during the first year of residency (intern year), two - three half-days in the second year and three - four half-days in the third year of residency. By graduation, you will have had at least 1650 outpatient encounters, preparing you well for outpatient practice.


Residents generally move between rotations monthly and leave the rotations to participate in continuity clinic. Rotations vary by program but generally have the following areas in common:

  • Inpatient adult medicine - six to eight months

  • Inpatient pediatrics - two months

  • Adult and pediatric emergency medicine -  two to three months

  • Obstetrics - two months

  • Orthopedics/sports medicine - two months

  • Electives

And one or more months of the following:

  • Surgery

  • Behavioral health 

  • Community medicine

  • Practice management

  • Geriatrics

  • Dermatology

  • Urology/ophthalmology/ENT

  • ICU

  • Nursery

  • Cardiology

  • Ambulatory Pediatrics

  • Gynecology

There are two Saint Louis University Family Medicine Residencies:

  • SLU Family Medicine Residency in St. Louis - At Family Care Health Center (a Federally Qualified Health Center) and SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital, this residency emphasizes urban underserved practice and behavioral health.
  • SLU Family Medicine Residency in O’Fallon - At St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon, this is a combined civilian and military program.