Family Medicine Residency Sioux City

Unparalleled Exposure

As the only family medicine residency program in Sioux City, we offer unparalleled exposure to specialty physicians and patients. Tailor your education and training to fit your practice goals in three years of postgraduate study. Accredited by ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) and affiliated with the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.

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A message from Cara Drew, MD

Program Director

Our residency program is part of a family-friendly environment. Our faculty, staff, and resident physicians have a variety of interests both in medicine and in their personal lives. We have an integrated program that includes physicians, nursing, clinic staff, clinical pharmacists, and behavioral health staff. The local medical community is very supportive of our unopposed community-based residency program..

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About us

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The Highlights of Our Sioux City Residency

We are an unopposed family medicine program in northwest Iowa, providing a broad spectrum of training opportunities. As the only residency program in Sioux City, we are offered unparalleled exposure to specialty physicians and patients. Here, you can tailor your education and training to fit your practice goals. Our program consists of three years of postgraduate study for as many as six residents per residency year. Our program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and affiliated with University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.

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Clinic Size

Our clinic is the one of the largest private practices in Sioux City. We follow all clinic patients through their hospitalizations, including ICU and PICU.

Maternal Health Clinic

We provide antenatal care to low-income and high-risk populations, providing us the opportunity to see a diverse range of patients and cases while serving the community.

Macy and Winnebago Reservation Clinics

We also provide antenatal care to the Native American populations on the Macy and Winnebago Reservation during our obstetrics months.

College Physicals

We provide annual sports physicals to many of the college athletes at Morningside College.

Monthly Afternoon Didactics

One afternoon a month, clinic and hospital duties are blocked for residents to have a full afternoon of lectures, simulation models, and quizzes, which provide a varied and interactive approach to learning.


Moonlighting opportunities are available after you have received your permanent license.

Noon Conferences

Presentations are given by community physicians, fellow residents, staff, or visiting faculty over the noon hour. Lunch is provided.

Elective High Risk OB Elective

Knowing that I eventually want to return to a rural community, I wanted an unopposed program that would prepare me for whatever might walk through the door. With a strong overall training, including OB, I feel that that Family Medicine in Sioux City is definitely the right program for me.


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Year One

  • Adult Medicine: 4 months
  • Inpatient Pediatrics: 2 months
  • Care of the Surgical Patient: 1 month
  • Community Medicine: 1/2 month
  • Emergency Care: 1 month
  • Human Behavior and Mental Health: 1 month
  • Maternity Care: 2 months
  • Radiology: 1/2 month

Year Two

  • Adult Medicine: 1.5 months
  • (Inpatient) Pediatrics: 1 month
  • (Outpatient) Pediatrics: 1 month
  • Critical Care/Pulmonology: 1 month
  • Family Medicine Night Float: 1 month (taken as 2 half-months)
  • Maternity Care: 1 month
  • Neurology: 1/2 month
  • Emergency Care: 1 month

Year Three

  • Adult Medicine: 1 month
  • (Outpatient) Pediatrics: 1 month
  • Family Medicine Night Float: 1 month (taken as 2 half-months)
  • Maternity Care: 1 month
  • Urgent Care: 1/2 month

Additional Requirements

For 2nd or 3rd year

  • Cardiology
  • Gynecological Care
  • Orthopaedics
  • Otolaryngology
  • Sports Medicine
  • Management of Health Systems
  • Care of the Skin and Associated Organs

Elective Rotations

  • Allergy/Immunology
  • Anesthesiology
  • NICU
  • Endocrinology
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Hospice/Palliative Care
  • Infectious Disease
  • International Medicine
  • Maternity Care
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Parental Elective
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Pulmonology
  • Rural Family Medicine
  • Sports Medicine

Medical Student Rotations

Learn With Us 

Get a feel for our community and our practice by completing a four-week clinical rotation here in Sioux City. Choose from five different rotations, open to students in good standing currently attending an accredited medical school (MD/DO).    

Medical Student Rotation Requirements

These four-week rotations are open to medical students in open to students in good standing currently attending an accredited medical school (MD/DO). Students must demonstrate coverage for malpractice/liability from their medical institution. Students must show evidence of completion of a program on universal precautions ensuring the appropriate handling of blood, tissues, and body fluids during the past year. Students must also provide documentation of tuberculin and hepatitis B testing. Students are responsible for obtaining authorization of credit from their medical institution for the rotation.

For more information, questions, or to set up a rotation, please contact our Assistant Residency Coordinator.

Elly Johnson

Elly Johnson
Administrative Services Coordinator-Residency
Phone: 1-712-294-5024

Family Medicine Sub-Internship

The goal of the family medicine sub-internship is to provide a broad-based experience for fourth-year students interested in a career in family medicine. The sub-internship provides a wide variety of patients and cases to expose you to all aspects of family medicine.

You will spend most mornings at UnityPoint–St. Luke's or Mercy One Siouxland Medical Center, meeting with the in-house resident before rounds. You will round on your assigned patients daily and write notes and orders. Following work rounds, we have formal rounds with one of our faculty. After rounds, you will follow up on labs and studies for patients. You have the opportunity to work up patients in the ER, assist with deliveries, and complete circumcisions, depending on your interests. You will also attend morning reports with the residents between working rounds and formal rounds and may be asked to present on a topic during your sub-internship.

We have daily noon conferences at either our clinic, Mercy One Siouxland Medical Center, or UnityPoint–St. Luke's. Lunch is provided. Presenters vary and are composed of residents, faculty, and visiting physicians from the community or the University of Iowa. One afternoon each month is dedicated to didactics, often accompanied by skills labs.

The afternoon schedule is somewhat more variable than the morning schedule. You will spend various afternoons at the Family Medicine Center (residency clinic), working at the Maternal Health Clinic, and in the hospital doing admissions and patient follow-up. You will travel with a faculty member and resident to a local Native American Reservation for prenatal clinic on one Thursday afternoon during the rotation. You will have Friday afternoons off duty.

You will be on a family medicine night float shift for one week during the rotation in order to gain additional experience. During this week, you will work closely with the night float resident who covers adult medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics. Housing may be available with advance notification.

Emergency Medicine Rotation

Students in the emergency medicine rotation will work at Mercy One Siouxland Medical Center, a Level II trauma center, and UnityPoint–St. Luke's, a Level III trauma center. You will arrange shifts with your preceptor based on the particular requirements of your medical school. While not required, students are encouraged to attend noon conferences with the residents. This four-week rotation is open to fourth-year medical students, with a limit of one student during each four-week rotation. Housing may be available with advance notification.

Family Medicine Rotation

This rotation is open to third-year medical students and emphasizes clinical decision-making skills in an outpatient family medicine setting. You will work with residency faculty and residents or community-based family medicine physicians. You are encouraged to attend a noon conference with the residents each day as well as the monthly afternoon didactic session. There is a limit of one student during each rotation. Housing may be available with advance notification.

The Medical Education Community Orientation (MECO) Program

The MECO Program is sponsored by the University of Iowa Department of Family Medicine in cooperation with the UI Carver College of Medicine. The project was developed to provide medical students with an early exposure to various health care delivery systems, helping them with important career decisions. It also provides the participating hospitals and practicing physicians an opportunity to become directly involved with medical students early in their training. The project is designed to broaden the base of medical education through a greater utilization of existing facilities and teaching personnel.

The goals and objectives of the MECO Progam are to introduce medical students to the scope of health care in the hospital component of a health care delivery system. The MECO Program should also orient the student to the community and the way in which the health care delivery system contributes to its structure and function. Housing may be available with advance notification.

For more information, questions, or to set up a rotation, please contact our Elly Johnson, assistant residency coordinator. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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Do applicants use the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) to apply for your program?


How many letters of recommendation must applicants submit when applying to the program?

Three letters of recommendation are required.

Does this program offer additional training or educational experiences that extend the length of training beyond the accredited length?


Does the program require USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 scores for applicant interview consideration?


Does the program require COMLEX Level 1 and Level 2 scores for applicant interview consideration for DO applicants?


Do applicants need to pass either the USMLE Step 2 CS exam or the COMLEX Level 2 PE exam on the first try?


Does the program accept or sponsor ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) applicants?

Rarely and only with a local connection.

Do you have a program application deadline? If yes, what is the cutoff date?

January 15th.

Do you have a time-since-graduation cutoff? If yes, how many years?

Yes, three years

Do you sponsor the H1 visa?


Benefits, Stipends, and Contracts

Benefits offered by University of Iowa Health Care are competitive with other top residency training programs in the country. Benefits include:

Stipends are also comparable to other top training programs in the country and in keeping with the cost of living in Iowa.

Contracts are issued to house staff each year until training concludes. Promotion at the end of each year is based on demonstrated clinical competence and professional growth. House staff members who do not meet standards for promotion to the next level of training may require remedial action, as deemed appropriate by the residency program director.

Where We Practice

Family Medicine Center

The Family Medicine Center is the model office used for the program. The center closely simulates private practice by providing an ambulatory setting for residents to gain broad experience as primary care physicians to an approved panel of patients. It is conveniently located within five minutes driving time of the two hospitals in Sioux City: Mercy One Siouxland Medical Center and UnityPoint–St. Luke's. 

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Our facility is a model of dedicated education areas as well as efficient clinical space. The two-story building, totaling approximately 32,000 square feet, allows us to continue our tradition of excellence in current programs and introduce new initiatives in medical education. 

Level One houses all of the patient care areas. Two exam pods, with 12 exam rooms each, balance the floor plan. Also included are faculty staffing rooms, private dictation rooms, laboratory, X-ray, procedure rooms, nursing areas, a patient education room, medical records room, and a spacious lobby. 

Level Two offers space devoted almost entirely to education. This includes a large conference room with multimedia capabilities, multiple smaller conference rooms, a library, a resting room, office cubicles for residents, a resident lounge area, and faculty physician offices. 

UnityPoint Health 

St. Luke's Regional Medical Center 

UnityPoint Health–St. Luke's is a patient- and family-centered hospital that delivers compassionate care to families in the tri-state area of Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota.  

St. Luke's offers a full range of services and programs. From our state-of-the-art surgical center and the area's most recognized birth center to 24/7 cardiovascular care and a Level III emergency department. 

Mercy One Siouxland Medical Center 

Mercy One Siouxland Medical Center-Sioux City is a regional medical center that serves western Iowa, eastern Nebraska, and southeastern South Dakota. 

In addition to the main hospital in Sioux City, Mercy One–Sioux City operates a Level II trauma center, primary care clinic network, specialty care clinics and home health services, paramedic services, hospice services, and a freestanding surgery center.

Beyond Your Residency

What our alumni had to say about choosing Family Medicine Residency in Sioux City


“I wanted a program that would give me a solid foundation in the academic side of medicine and enough hands-on experience to put that knowledge into practice. But most of all, I wanted a place where I could be comfortable and feel at home for the next three years.”

"The opportunity for exceptional training in full-spectrum family medicine at a community-based and truly unopposed residency program."

"The city is not too big and not too small. It offers a small-town feel while having enough to do. Also, I was impressed by the warmth and camaraderie of the residents and faculty."

"The strength of the OB training and the opportunity to be at an unopposed program where there are no other residencies in town. The confidence of the residents was very impressive."

"I formed a great connection (during a one month rotation) with the residents and really felt like they took me in to their “family.’”

Our People

A Few Words About Who We Are

The Sioux City Family Medicine Residency Program is the only residency program in northwest Iowa. It was established in 1975 in cooperation with Sioux City's two hospitals and community physicians. The residency consists of three years of postgraduate study with an approved class of as many as six residents in each year. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and is affiliated with the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.

The Sioux City medical environment gives real strength to our program. The community provides tertiary care for a large portion of a three-state region, without any competing residency programs. Our faculty is made up of eight physicians and is enhanced by a volunteer faculty comprised of the entire Sioux City medical community. Also on staff are two behavioral scientists and a clinical pharmacist. Sioux City is fortunate to have two strong participating hospitals that provide excellent supportive services to our program. The community is strongly supportive of family medicine and is ideally situated with specialty services readily available.

I wanted a program that would give me a solid foundation in the academic side of medicine, and enough hands-on experience to put that knowledge into practice. But most of all, I wanted a place where I could be comfortable and feel at home for the next three years.

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More about Sioux City

Current Residents

Our Faculty and Staff

Our Leadership

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I am glad that you are considering advanced training in family medicine to become the best family physician possible. Our department is one where education, clinical care, and research are each a valued service, delivered in the context of teams that strive for greatness. Come explore the fields of opportunity that we call Iowa.

Family medicine has a great tradition of excellence and a bright future in Iowa. We have award-winning students and student programs. Perhaps you know of us by our Family Medicine Handbook—a vital text for family medicine residents. Or perhaps you have read some of the important research produced by our faculty and students.

The University of Iowa is home to the acclaimed Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where future writers hone their craft. Iowa City is a beautiful town embracing the banks of the Iowa River. The state of Iowa is the home of the great Iowa State Fair and the "Field of Dreams." Most importantly, we are home to people who value education, humanity, and improving the world.

The Department of Family Medicine is a leader within the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. Our faculty sit on and lead important committees, partner with other departments in research, and actively teach medical students, residents, and fellows. We deliver outstanding clinical care along with award-winning teaching. Education is central to all that we do.

Our residency programs are highly focused on training knowledgeable, competent, caring, and compassionate family physicians who will become leaders for the discipline and society. We practice in the Family Care Center, a patient-centered facility with superb staff that offers efficient and compassionate care through integrated teams. Our curricula are experience-based and allow learners the vital opportunities to achieve success with patients, their families, and with the organizations in society that can help individuals and groups effect change.

Likewise, our fellowship programs build leaders. Clinical leadership requires the ability to manage interdisciplinary teams, and our geriatrics program focuses not only on geriatrics but on lifelong skills that facilitate improved organization in the delivery of care to the elderly. We offer an academic fellowship program that focuses on developing skills to support research, scholarship, and medical education. We also offer a primary care sports medicine fellowship in collaboration with the University of Iowa Sports Medicine Clinic.

Research is an important part of our department, and we take seriously our responsibility to create new knowledge that helps our patients and the discipline. The goal of our research is to improve clinical care, medical education, and the delivery of health services to a rural state.
These are exciting times for the discipline of family medicine and the Department of Family Medicine. Read on and let us tell you more about us.

Jeffrey D. Quinlan, MD, FAAFP
Chair & DEO
The Donald J. and Anna M. Ottilie Chair in the Department of Family Medicine
University of Iowa

About the Chair and Department Executive Officer

Dr. Jeffrey D. Quinlan is the chair and departmental executive officer for the University of Iowa Department of Family Medicine.

He earned a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in biochemistry and a BS in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh in 1988. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1992. Quinlan completed family medicine training at Naval Hospital Charleston in South Carolina and at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton in California. He  completed a maternity care fellowship at Florida Hospital in Orlando, Florida.

He has a solid foundation and interest in graduate medical education, having served as a faculty member (eight years) and program director (four years) of the Naval Hospital Jacksonville Family Medicine Residency Program. Additionally, he served as an adjust faculty member at the National Capital Consortium's Family Medicine Residency Program, the Department of Defense's only tri-service residency program. Quinlan completed his military career at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland, where he served as the vice chair in the Department of Family Medicine, interim chair of the Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology, and professor and chair, Department of Family Medicine.

Quinlan's professional memberships include the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, and Alpha Omega Alpha. He has served as a member of the AAFP's Commission on Health of the Public and Science, as an associate editor of the Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics Program, and as a deputy editor for the Family Physician Inquiries Network.

Our Commitment to Diversity

The Office of Graduate Medical Education (GME) is committed to fostering an equitable environment that values and promotes diversity and inclusion among resident, fellow, and faculty physicians. 

Learn more about GME's commitment to diversity and inclusion


How to Apply

Applications using the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS).

We welcome applicants who will graduate from qualified medical school programs in this country or abroad. Please note our eligibility criteria.

Application Requirements

  • Board Exam Scores
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Dean’s Letter of Recommendation
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Personal Statement

Program Application Deadline

January 15

Contact us: 

Juliana Muhlenbruch 
Residency Coordinator

Recruitment Process


The residency program consists of three years of postgraduate study.
Entry into the first year is open to applicants who have completed medical school at an LCME-approved school. To be considered by our program, international graduates must be either citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and ECFMG-certified at the time of application. 
Applicants must have passed both Steps 1 and 2 of the USMLE with a maximum of three attempts each. If Step 3 has not been passed, the first passage of either Step 1 or 2 must not have occurred more than five years before the entry date into the program for which the applicant is applying. 
Applicants must have passed the clinical skills test of the USMLE or the Performance Evaluation of the COMLEX on the first attempt and have taken no more than five years total to complete medical school.
When openings occur at the second-year level, applications will be accepted from physicians who have completed an internship. Upon successful completion of the graduate study program, the resident will be eligible for examination leading to certification by the American Board of Family Medicine. 

Contact us

Start Your Journey

To request a visit or for more information, please contact our residency coordinators. For Medical Student Inquiries, please contact Elly. For Prospective Resident Inquiries, please contact Juliana. 

Contact Information​

Family Medicine Residency Sioux City
2501 Pierce Street
Sioux City, Iowa 51104

Phone: 1-712-294-5018
Fax: 1-712-294-5091


Medical Students

Elly Johnson

Elly Johnson

Assistant Residency Coordinator 

Prospective Residents

Juliana Muhlenbruch

Juliana Muhlenbruch

Residency Coordinator


Welcome to our home! 

Sioux City, Iowa, serves as the regional hub for business, employment, industry, retail trade, medical care, educational opportunities, and tourism in northwest Iowa, southeast South Dakota, and northeast Nebraska. More than 165,000 people live in the tri-state metropolitan area. A dynamic and growing community, we are proud to share Sioux City with you. 

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Home to thousands of families, the Siouxland Community has something for everyone:

Food Scene and Night Life 

Historic 4th Street in downtown Sioux City is home to a vibrant food scene and night life. Check out a few of the local favorites, as well as other top spots around the area:

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The Arts 

From headlining tours to local theater productions, Siouxland's art and music culture is thriving:


From our annual music festival to museums, splash pads, and sledding under the lights, there's tons of recreational fun for people of all ages:

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Whether it's around town or outside the city limits, it's easy to get where you're going with our transportation options: