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Mission Statement

Our mission is to develop family physician leaders who will innovate change in local communities and who will help create solutions to national challenges, improving the health of the populations they serve.

Equal Opportunity

Individuals and communities thrive when connected with others who understand, support, and advocate for them. We welcome and support students, residents, staff, faculty, and patients from all backgrounds, and we aim to foster an environment of belonging and respect for everyone.

University of Utah Indigenous Land Acknowledgment

Kirsten Stoesser, MD

Program Director Welcome

Welcome! We are a University-based program with strong community connections located in vibrant Salt Lake City, Utah. Situated at the base of the Wasatch Mountains, our program is a 3-year, 10-10 -10 residency with especially strong training in sports medicine, obstetrics, and care of under-resourced populations. Our family medicine clinics are located within both urban and suburban settings, serving a broad range of patients and needs. Our core inpatient training is centered at the University of Utah Hospital, and further augmented by rotations at the adjacent Primary Children’s Hospital, and the neighboring Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center. Outside of residency training, living in Salt Lake City offers numerous opportunities to participate in different interests and activities. Outstanding outdoor recreation is only minutes away from all hospital and clinic sites, and the thriving downtown and surrounding areas provide a multitude of choices to attend major league sporting events, theater, dance, and music performances, and to discover restaurants, parks, and festivals.

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



Highlights of our Training Include:

    • Our program maintains continued accreditation according to ACGME policy and procedures.
    • 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.
    • Opportunity to pursue international language development elective during intern year; Spanish language development elective available throughout residency.
    • 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.
    • Received federal educational grant funding focused on enhancing residents’ training in providing mental health and trauma-informed care to children and vulnerable populations.
    • 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.

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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 Hispanic or Latino.
    • 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.