Saint Louis University’s family medicine residency program offers training that combines
the strengths of ambulatory medicine in a community health center, inpatient rotations
in a community hospital and specialty rotations with excellent academic physicians.
We offer strong academic training with a 100 percent American Board of Family Medicine
pass rate. We help our residents to become lifelong learners and educators through
a culture of inquiry. Join us for exceptional training in an atmosphere of engagement
and collegiality in our rich and diverse community.
Our academic base in the Saint Louis University School of Medicine and our strong
research department can prepare you for a career in academic family medicine.
Our experienced family physician faculty combine the academic strength of Saint Louis
University with a commitment to socially responsible health care.
Our patients come from across the city and across the world to Family Care Health Center, a federally qualified health center where we practice comprehensive medicine with
behavioral health integration.
Faculty at our community hospital offer close personalized teaching and mentorship.
Our obstetrics training is in a strong family medicine-friendly setting while our
family practice center offers a range and volume of procedures.
Pediatrics at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital.
Electives available at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital, SSM Health Cardinal Glennon
Children's Hospital, SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital and the St. Louis
Veterans Administration Hospital.
Academic University-Based Training Program
Teaching and precepting by the academic faculty of Saint Louis University.
Residents can participate in community-based research, with top-notch resources and
support from the Department of Family and Community Medicine research staff.
Longitudinal Underserved Community Curriculum
Experiential workshops and lectures that educate residents in community-oriented primary
care with experiential learning.
Curriculum that was developed as a teaching model for residencies across the country.
Behavioral Health Integration
In 2016, we received $1.8 million five-year HRSA grant for Integrated Behavioral Health
Training in collaboration with the SLU Medical Family Therapy training program.
Our Family Medicine Behavioral Health Collaborative Curriculum includes clinical training,
experiential workshops, and lectures at Family Care Health Center, in the community,
and at SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital.
For residents who wish to practice obstetrics this experience includes elective and
continuity experience in prenatal care, labor and delivery and postpartum care, as
well as an academic project.
Family Medicine Inpatient
Well Baby Nursery
Intro to Ambulatory Care
Emergency Medicine - Pediatrics
Emergency Medicine - Adult
Pediatric Specialty Clinics
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
This model curriculum was developed through funding from the Health Resources and
Services Administration and has been shared with residency programs across the country.
Family Medicine Behavioral Health Collaborative Curriculum
This residency emphasizes the awareness of social determinants of health and integration
of behavioral health care in the care of all of our patients.
Family Care Health Centers offers patients integrated behavioral health with a team
of psychiatrists, social workers, psychologists and case managers providing care ranging
from same day short intervention to long-term family support. Family Care Health Centers
is participating in the Alive and Well STL project to become a trauma-informed organization.
In 2016, the residency was awarded a $1.9 million educational grant from the Health
Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to train Family Medicine Residents and
Medical Family Therapy students side-by-side in Integrated Behavioral Health.
The Family Medicine Behavioral Health Collaborative Curriculum includes:
PGY1: Introduction to Behavioral Health in the Community
PGY2: Community Medicine rotation including Integrated Behavioral Health
PGY2: Behavioral Health rotation with the FQHC Interprofessional Team
PGY3: Quarterly day-long skill workshops in trauma-informed care and family systems, addiction,
psychopharmacology and mood disorders
PGY1-3: Monthly integrated behavioral health lectures with emphasis on underserved
PGY1-3: Monthly Balint group
PGY1-3: Team care with Medical Family Therapy students on the Family Medicine Inpatient
Family medicine conferences are held at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital - St. Louis
every Thursday from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Monthly series during which residents explore psychosocial, social, and cultural factors
relevant to their practice. These lectures are coordinated by our director of behavioral
science education, Dr. Gafford, and usually involve guest lecturers from the community.
Discussion of the practice at Family Care Health Center.
Apply for one of six positions in the Saint Louis University Family Medicine Residency
through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) (Program ID: 1202831704). Our program does not have a supplemental application.
Interviews are scheduled mid October through mid-January. Complimentary lodging may
be arranged for out-of-town applicants.
Minimum Applicant Qualifications
Medical school graduation not more than one year before application or at least one
year of U.S. clinical patient care experience after medical school.
Three recommendation letters, at least one letter from a family physician or two letters
from primary care physicians.
Report of all USMLE or COMLEX scores with no more than two unsuccessful attempts.
Information for International Medical Graduates
Saint Louis University sponsors J-1 visa applications through and in accordance with
Saint Louis University does not sponsor any H-1B Training visas for residency training.
A minimum of one year of clinical experience (not including observership) in the U.S.
For more information, contact Cathy Lee Jung, program Coordinator, at 314-951-7240