School of Medicine

Family Medicine - Residency

Program Director's Message

Kirsten Stoesser

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 NCQA PCMH-certified 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.

Strengths of our residency program include:

  • Wellness focus: We have developed a structured support system with  comprehensive resources to help maintain and optimize personal wellness.
  • Residency community: Our residents move to Utah from across the country, joining together to form a diverse and supportive residency family.
  • Personalized training: We have superb resources to further tailor your education to your interests, including opportunities for enhanced training in sports medicine, ultrasound, obstetrics, women’s health, LGBTQ+ care, research, adolescent health, rural health, urban underserved care, advocacy, addiction medicine, international experiences, Spanish language instruction, and integrative health.

Highlights of our training include:

  • Service to unique clinic populations—refugees, transgender patients, 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. (International rotations are currently on hold due to travel restrictions in place with COVID-19.)
  • Ultrasound instruction during intern year, focusing on musculoskeletal and obstetric exam skills.
  • Rotations with the downtown homeless clinic, and opportunities to rotate at Planned Parenthood.
  • 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) reservation. Longitudinal rural experiences are an option.

Our residents come here for the amazing education and resources, and often stay in Utah after residency for the superb quality of life and friendships made. Our graduates have gone on to varied careers as hospitalists, suburban practice physicians, urgent care and emergency room providers, rural physicians, Community Health Center physicians, fellows in sub-specialty areas (including obstetrics, sports medicine, geriatrics, and addiction medicine), and educators in academics.

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

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