St. Louis Family Medicine Residency

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 are a partnership of Saint Louis University, SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital, and Family Care Health Center, making available a wide array of training opportunities, with an emphasis on community-oriented primary care.

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. 

Program Overview


  • 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.
  • Our partnership with the Saint Louis University College of Public Health and Social Justice allows you to earn a degree in public health in coordination with residency.

Our Clinical Partners

Ambulatory Practice at Family Care Health Center

  • A federally-qualified community health center in the Carondelet neighborhood for 40 years.
  • Residents practice in a new wing of the center which opened in 2014.
  • The center cares for a diverse, underserved community.
  • Medical care fully integrated with behavioral health services, providing exceptional training in behavioral medicine.

Inpatient Rotations at Excellent Community Hospitals

  • Adult medicine and obstetrics at SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital.
  • 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.

Maternity Concentration

  • 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.


Rotations PG-1 PG-2 PG-3
Family Medicine Inpatient Three months Two months Two months
Pediatric Inpatient Two months    
Well Baby Nursery One month    
Intro to Ambulatory Care One month    
OB Inpatient Two months    
Medical ICU One month    
General Surgery One month    
Community Medicine One month    
Ambulatory Pediatrics   One month  
Geriatrics   One month  
Behavioral Health   One month  
Gynecology   One month  
Cardiology   One month  
Emergency Medicine - Pediatrics   One month  
Emergency Medicine - Adult   One month One month
Musculoskeletal   One month One month
Pediatric Specialty Clinics     One month
Practice Management     One month
Vascular/Breast Surgery     One month
ENT/Ophtho/Urology     One month
Dermatology     One month
Electives   Two months Three months

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.

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 Service

Weekly Conferences

 Family medicine conferences are held at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital - St. Louis every Thursday from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Core Lecture Series

These presentations cover core family medicine topics given by family physicians and specialists from both SLU and the community.

Longitudinal Board Review

This twice monthly series covers board review topics presented by our core faculty.


Resident/Faculty Meeting

This monthly meeting allows residents and faculty to address issues pertinent to the residency. Recommendations for improvement are collectively developed.

Grand Rounds

These monthly lectures are for the entire Saint Louis University Department of Family and Community Medicine with guest speakers.

Case Conference

Residents present interesting case studies of patients they are currently managing either in the inpatient or outpatient setting.

Resident Consult
 Twice monthly presentations by the residents on core outpatient family medicine topics.
Behavioral Health Conference/LUCC
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. 
Resident Support Group
Residents discuss their experiences in the program and receive support from each other during this monthly meeting. The group is facilitated by the director of behavioral science education.
Balint Group
 Residents discuss challenging patient interactions, moderated by the director of behavioral science education and behavioral family medicine faculty.
Practice Management
These conferences are geared toward preparing residents for contract negotiations, job interviews and effectively managing a practice.
Journal Club
 Quarterly rigorous review of important journal articles presented by our upper-level residents to their peers and faculty.
Root Cause Analysis/Morbidity and Mortality

Quarterly presentations and discussions about challenging cases from both the inpatient and outpatient setting. 

Family Care Provider Meetings

Discussion of the practice at Family Care Health Center.

Application Process

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 the ECFMG.
  • 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. is required.

For more information, contact Cathy Lee Jung, program Coordinator, at 314-951-7240 or