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Diversity and Inclusion

We believe that diversity makes us stronger. We believe that individuals and communities thrive best when connected with physicians who understand and support them. Accordingly, our mission is to develop family physician leaders who will innovate change in local communities and who will create solutions to national and global challenges, improving the health of the populations they serve.


Kirsten Stoesser, MD

Program Director

Welcome! We are a top tier academic institution in a vibrant city, uniquely situated against a mountain backdrop, with outstanding recreation only minutes away. Our family medicine clinics are located within both urban and suburban settings, serving a broad range of patients and needs. As a blended community-based and university-supported program, our core inpatient training is centered at a historic community hospital, and further augmented by rotations at the University and the adjacent children’s hospital. Life outside of residency offers opportunities to attend major league sporting events, theater, dance, and music productions, discover restaurants, parks, and festivals, and participate in limitless outdoor activities.

I invite you to review additional information about our program detailed on our website. We look forward to welcoming you here at the University of Utah Family Medicine Residency!

Kirsten Stoesser, MD
Program Director
University of Utah | Family Medicine Residency

Kirsten Stoesser, MD

Highlights of our Training include:

    • Service to unique clinic populations—former refugees, patients seeking gender affirming care, unhoused people, and care for patients needing HIV PrEP, chronic hepatitis C management, and medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder.
    • Partnership with the Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) clinic system, where our residents can choose a longitudinal clinical experience, with the opportunity to speak primarily Spanish.
    • Spanish language training during intern year, and the ability to pursue an additional international language development elective.
    • A strong focus on obstetric training, with receipt of a recent 5-year HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) grant to help develop additional elective rotations in high-risk OB, and to augment training in women’s healthcare.
    • Robust sports medicine and musculoskeletal training, including rotations with sports-medicine trained family physicians, in-office ultrasound exposure, and rotations at the acute injury clinics at local ski resorts.
    • Ultrasound instruction during intern year, focusing on musculoskeletal and obstetric exam skills.
    • At least one month spent in a rural community (housing provided), which includes the option to work with physicians on an Indian Health Services (IHS) site. Longitudinal rural experiences are an option.
    • Structured opportunities for research publications and journal article reviews.
    • Additional training in adolescent health, advocacy, addiction medicine, and integrative health.
    • Opportunities to teach sexual education classes to children from former refugee communities.

FM Residency Program

UHealth GME Recruitment Video - Resident

Why Utah?

Populations in Salt Lake City

With a population of over 1,000,000 people in the greater Salt Lake area, the region is rapidly evolving:

    • One in five people speak a language at home other than English.
    • Approximately 20% identify as Latinx.
    • Over 10% identify as either Asian, Black, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, American Indian or Alaskan Native, or multi-racial.
    • As a major refugee resettlement city, tens of thousands of former refugees have re-located to the Salt Lake area in recent years, including groups from Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Syria, Iraq, Vietnam, the former Soviet Union and Burma (Myanmar).
    • Approximately 5% of Salt Lake City adults identify as LGBTQ+, one of the highest rates in the country.
    • The area is religiously varied with well-established Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, Native American, Unitarian, and Interfaith communities.