Family Medicine Residency

Receive a full spectrum residency training that reflects your interests in the entire scope of family medicine.

Our residents are prepared in all areas – adult medicine, maternal and child health, behavioral health, community medicine, and surgical specialties. We’ll help you tailor your program to your interests, with the diverse patients, rich clinical and research resources, and expert mentors you would expect from an academic medical center.

Grow Here

Our programs attract residents who are prepared to maximize their clinical and research training in a high-energy and supportive learning environment.

Our Residency Program

Family medicine provider checks a patient's ear

In 2022 we were granted a program expansion, and we are in the process of transitioning from a 6-6-6 program to an 8-8-8 program. We are incredibly excited to offer the depth and breadth of our family medicine residency training to two additional residents per year!

Imagine what your career can hold with Iowa’s opportunities:

  • A “2+2” curriculum for improved continuity experience in your clinic and a chance to compartmentalize your learning
  • Full spectrum training with inpatient, ICU, OB, and newborn care, along with a large network of community clinics
  • Our own Family Medicine Inpatient service and Family Medicine Maternal & Newborn service at our academic healthcare center
  • Collaboration with our Family Medicine-Psychiatry Residency, one of only six programs in the country
  • A commitment to serve underrepresented populations locally, around the country, and abroad
  • Formal training in team building and process management
  • Research conducted in a collaborative environment that ranks as one of the top nationally
  • Life in a right-sized city that will maximize your leisure time with fun and excitement
  • Support for the path of your choosing, with faculty dedicated to your success

Three years. No problem.

Put on your track shoes. We’re going to give you the most incredible three years of training you can imagine.

Year One

  • You’ll begin providing primary care for patients you’ll follow all three years.
  • You’ll be part of more complex care for hospitalized patients and emergency room cases.
  • Year One Goal: Supervising others and acting with a degree of independence.

Year Two

  • You’ll continue providing care for your clinic patients.
  • You’ll start to focus on areas that interest you most, through specific rotations. Learn more about the rotations.
  • You’ll have an opportunity to engage in scholarly activities, working out new processes and procedures in our care settings.
  • Year Two Goal: Identifying your career goals and objectives.

Year Three

  • Your care opportunities will reflect increasing patient responsibilities in both the clinic and specialty settings.
  • You’ll rotate to several specialty care areas within the hospital and devote much of your rotation time to your choice of focus area with elective time.
  • Year Three Goal: Demonstrating comprehensive medical judgment and competence. 

Full-spectrum Training

Physician with patient

At Iowa, you’ll care for patients in hospital intensive care settings, in busy emergency treatment areas, and in labor and delivery suites.

That’s in addition to the panel of patients you’ll care for during all three years of your residency in our Family Medicine Clinic.

We call it full-spectrum training—something you’ll only find at a center like Iowa, which values primary care as a foundation for comprehensive specialty care.

Part of your training may include specializing in a specific practice area. We offer “tracks” in geriatrics, sports medicine and global health. 

An Advisor’s Guidance

Each of our faculty members is committed to the success of our residents. Some have elected to serve as formal advisors, meeting regularly with residents and helping them balance the demands of residency, begin choosing a career path, and address the needs of life outside the hospital.

10 Things Our Residents Want You To Know

1. There is life outside the hospital

Family Medicine resident enjoys a ropes course

You’ll have time to call your own and a great place to enjoy that time.

Our focus is on success and creating a strong work-life balance. We back that up with support and encouragement for you to be a complete person.

2. Success is in your hands

You’ll receive the tools, opportunities, and the support to make a difference in the lives of the thousands of patients you’ll encounter at Iowa.

Iowa’s Family Medicine faculty want to see three things:

  • Let us know your passion so we can help you explore your interests, hone your skills, and prepare you for just about anything.
  • Ask the “what if” questions to help us push our field to change as the health care needs of our patients change.
  • Show us your teamwork ability so we can give you opportunities to lead, to follow, and to always be a valued member of our expert care teams.

3. Enjoy your residency interview experience

Sure, there’s pressure to compete for a handful of resident opportunities, but our interviewers want you to enjoy your interview day and your interactions with our residents and faculty.

The best advice from our selection committee: Relax and be yourself.

4. Iowa is a family-friendly program

Our family leave and health care benefits help you support a strong family while pursuing your residency training. Our program also holds family-oriented and partner-oriented activities throughout the year. Several childcare facilities are located close to the hospital and Iowa City public schools are among the state’s finest.

A group of residents enjoy a meal together

5. We’re excited about our "2 plus 2" curriculum

Our curriculum has you complete two weeks of an outpatient rotation with an emphasis on your continuity clinic followed by two weeks of an inpatient rotation uninterrupted by any continuity clinic obligations.

You get the benefit of more continuity in the clinic and a chance to compartmentalize your experience in some longer, manageable stretches.

It’s a classic example of our department really tailoring the program to meet residents’ needs.

6. Your rotation days won’t be spent traveling from facility to facility

Residents talking together in a lecture setting

One of the benefits of our comprehensive facilities is that most of your work will take place on our centralized campus.

Oh sure, you’ll also experience day-long sessions at our community clinics, but clinic and rotation schedules are put together to optimize  travel during the day as you go from one training point to another.

Add to that some minimal traffic in Iowa City compared to metropolitan areas, and you can see why we can take transportation off the “residency hassle list.”

7. Iowa is more diverse than you might think

Iowa’s educational, job, and cultural opportunities attract individuals from around the globe. As a large referral health center, we care for individuals from many backgrounds.

One indication of our diversity is how we fulfill clinical requests each year for medical translators in nearly 50 different languages.

Regardless of your background, you are going to find an accepting and supportive community in Iowa City.

8. It’s not like Grey’s Anatomy

Residency at Iowa is intense but without all the drama.

The Iowa Family Medicine faculty are warm and engaging people who check their egos at the door and are genuinely committed to their patients and their trainees.

They are going to push you, but they’re going to work on having you succeed.

9. Don’t be frightened by doing research

Resident stands at a research board

Actually, we call it scholarly activity, and the formal work you’ll do is a natural part of your clinical experience.

Most of the projects undertaken by residents are aimed at improving care delivery through quality improvement activities—experience that translates well for any post-residency opportunity.

10. You will be prepared for your next step after residency

Because of its solid foundations and many-sided opportunities for focused training, Iowa’s program is tailored to your individual interests.  We will prepare you with a full spectrum residency training to ensure you have the skills to do what you want when you graduate.

Next steps for our residents include entry into private practice, hospitalist work, formal training in fellowships (both at Iowa and elsewhere), and invitations to be part of Iowa’s own faculty.


Family Medicine Curriculum

Two doctors walk down a hall together

PDF iconResidency Curriculum

Behavioral Health

Our behavioral health curriculum is multifaceted. Residents work with faculty members in the Department of Psychiatry for two weeks to provide consultation services for hospitalized patients with acute and chronic mental health needs. Residents also rotate on in the outpatient Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) clinic during their two-week Addiction Medicine rotation. Additionally, there is longitudinal outpatient curriculum in our Integrated Behavioral Health clinic, which is staffed by faculty physicians who are dual-boarded family medicine & psychiatry. Residents gain skills in diagnosing and treating delirium, dementia, depression, anxiety, psychosis, substance use disorders, and other mental health disorders.

Cardiology – Inpatient Consults & Outpatient Clinic

Residents will spend two weeks working with attending cardiologists on the inpatient consult service in which our residents are the first contact for patients with a variety of cardiovascular diseases, including arrhythmias, acute coronary syndromes, and acutely decompensated heart failure. During the two-week outpatient cardiology experience, residents will see a wide range of problems in outpatient cardiology clinics, including coronary artery disease, heart failure, cardiomyopathies, and arrhythmias. Residents participate in cardiac procedures, such as stress testing and echocardiogram interpretation.

Chronic Disease Management

Chronic disease has become the dominant health problem in the United States, accounting for more than 75 percent of health care spending. This longitudinal curriculum helps to prepare our residents to manage patients with chronic diseases. Residents will spend time in specialty clinics and learn different approaches to systematic care for chronic illnesses. For example, some clinics utilize a case manager while others provide a multidisciplinary team approach to providing care. Residents become familiar with these clinical tools to incorporate them into their practice. This rotation occurs in the first year of residency in a group to include didactics on chronic disease, wellness, and motivational interviewing.

Community Medicine

Family physicians are called to care for the communities in which they live and to apply the biopsychosocial model to their patients. Our community medicine curriculum is integrated into the chronic disease management rotation. Residents learn how communities affect patients, patients engage with their communities, and physicians incorporate knowledge of communities in the care of patients. Residents participate in community service activities, visit community agencies, and learn about social determinants of health.


Residents will spend two weeks in dermatology clinics where they learn to identify common skin conditions and distinguish atypical and serious presentations of dermatologic disorders. Residents gain knowledge of commonly seen skin diseases and treatments in the Family Medicine Clinic and attend dermatology didactic presentations.


We offer residents wide-ranging opportunities for elective rotations. Twelve weeks are available for second- and third-year residents to tailor their educational experience to their future practice needs. Residents may choose from many community- and academic-oriented electives, covering every specialty. International electives are available, as are regional and national off-site rotations. Many residents choose to create their own electives.

Emergency Medicine

Residents rotate through the Emergency Department, a Level I trauma center, supervised by faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine, for a total of six weeks during residency. Residents spend an additional four-weeks in the pediatric emergency department, focusing exclusively on the care of children with emergent conditions. This rotation includes formal didactic presentations provided by faculty in Emergency Medicine as well as critical care lecture series given by faculty with joint appointments in Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine.

Family Medicine Centered Obstetrics & Newborn Care (“9024”)

Residents work with Family Medicine Obstetrical (OB) faculty providing care to newborns, infants, and obstetrics patients in the hospital setting. Nicknamed “9024” after the pager carried by the resident on this service, residents work one-on-one with their attending physician and gain experience triaging OB patients, performing deliveries, resuscitating & evaluating newborns, assisting family medicine faculty-performed cesarean sections, and performing procedures for newborn infants.

Family Medicine - Inpatient

Our Family Medicine Inpatient Service admits patients of our medical home from all different ages and with a wide variety of medical and surgical problems. Two junior residents, a senior resident, a senior medical student, a physician assistant, and an attending faculty physician work as a team to care for patients on this unit. Two night-float residents (one junior and one senior) provide overnight coverage during the week. Two on-call residents provide coverage over the weekend. The team also provides medical consultation to other medical, surgical, and psychiatric units at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Family Medicine - Orientation

In this two-week orientation, first-year residents will have the opportunity to get to know the Family Medicine faculty and residents as well as obtain or renew skills. Residents will practice casting and suturing in workshops and pediatric intubation and IV placement in the pediatric procedure lab. Residents are oriented to speech recognition dictation software and the ins and outs of electronic medical record system. A high challenge ropes course is held at the end of the month with the goal of developing team-building skills, which are utilized throughout the training program. Past residents have found the experience enjoyable and a great time to connect with new colleagues.

Family Medicine - Outpatient

In this two-week orientation, first-year residents will have the opportunity to get to know the Family Medicine faculty and residents as well as obtain or renew skills. Residents will practice casting and suturing in workshops and pediatric intubation and IV placement in the pediatric procedure lab. Residents are oriented to speech recognition dictation software and the ins and outs of electronic medical record system. A high challenge ropes course is held at the end of the month with the goal of developing team-building skills, which are utilized throughout the training program. Past residents have found the experience enjoyable and a great time to connect with new colleagues.

Family Medicine - Night Float

Residents on this rotation will assume care of all inpatients (including newborns, children, and post-partum women) on the Family Medicine Inpatient Service for the evening and overnight hours Sunday through Friday. Residents work in pairs with a junior and senior resident for this two-week rotation.


Residents spend two weeks each year working in our Geriatric Assessment clinic with Family Physicians who have their CAQ in Geriatrics. Residents will work with an interdisciplinary team of nurses, pharmacists, physicians, fellows, and social workers who specialize in geriatric care with a focus on health promotion along with prevention and treatment of disease and disability later in life. Residents are also assigned nursing home patients to care for throughout residency as part of our longitudinal long-term care curriculum.  


Residents enhance their gynecological care while practicing in the Family Medicine Clinic in addition to the Women’s Health Clinic rotation for four weeks, which is staffed by faculty members in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Residents participate in general gynecologic care including premenstrual syndrome, vulvar-vaginal diseases, menopause, and ultrasound. Instruction in colposcopy, intrauterine device (IUD) placement, Nexplanon implantation, and endometrial biopsy is also provided by faculty in the Department of Family Medicine in the Family Medicine Clinic.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Residents care for critically ill infants in our world-class Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), working with pediatric residents, neonatal nurse practitioners, and faculty neonatologists. Residents have opportunities to perform procedures for infants, including lumbar puncture, intubation, and umbilical venous catheter placements.

Newborn Nursery

Residents work with Department of Pediatrics faculty physicians providing care to healthy newborns in the hospital setting. Residents will gain experience resuscitating and evaluating newborns, providing anticipatory guidance counseling to new parents, and performing procedures for newborn infants.

Obstetrics - Cedar Rapids

Residents spend 2 weeks rotating at a community hospital in the nearby city of Cedar Rapids (located approximately 30 minutes north of Iowa City). Supervised by board-certified obstetricians and midwives, residents learn the principles and techniques of antenatal care, management of labor and delivery, and postpartum care. Residents will spend an additional 2 weeks on a prenatal clinic rotation in this community setting. 

Pediatrics - Inpatient

Residents work with the Pediatric Blue Team or Green Team for this four-week rotation. Patients on these inpatient teams have a variety of diseases, and residents are supervised by staff from different divisions in the Department of Pediatrics (General Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Neurology, Pediatric Pulmonology, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Nephrology) to provide care to hospitalized pediatric patients.

Pediatrics - Outpatient

In the first year of residency, residents participate in the general pediatric acute care clinic. During this rotation, residents work with faculty and residents in the Department of Pediatrics. Additionally, in the third year of residency, residents spend four weeks working in pediatric subspecialty clinics (gastroenterology, developmental diseases, general pediatrics).

Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS)

Our longitudinal POCUS curriculum is incorporated into Wednesday afternoon didactic sessions, as well as Family Medicine Inpatient, Family Medicine Clinic, and Family Medicine OB rotations. Residents can also apply POCUS skills during their Emergency Medicine and Surgical & Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit (SNICU) rotations.

Practice Management

This longitudinal curriculum encompasses leadership, career development, patient safety, legal & ethics lectures, physician wellness, and financial management, to assist residents in preparation for practice. Much of this curriculum takes place during our annual resident retreat.

Quality Improvement (QI)

During this longitudinal curriculum, residents will learn principles of health care improvement. Residents will develop and implement evidence-based activities within clinical practice, aimed at reducing gaps in quality and/or improving patient safety. Residents present their QI projects at the annual Clinical Scholars Day symposium in spring of PGY-2 year.


Residents spend two weeks in the rheumatology clinic where they care for patients with acute and chronic rheumatologic diseases, including various kinds of arthritis, autoimmune diseases, fibromyalgia, etc. Residents have the opportunity to perform office-based rheumatologic procedures, such as arthrocentesis and joint injections.

Sports Medicine

Residents spend 2 weeks each year at our Sports Medicine Clinics to receive focused training in sports medicine is taught under the supervision of primary care physicians with a certification of added qualification in sports medicine, faculty in the Department of Orthopedics, and certified athletic trainers in the areas of pre-participation assessment, injury prevention, evaluation, management, and rehabilitation. Residents have the opportunity to perform office-based orthopedic procedures, such as arthrocentesis and joint injections. Residents also provide care to patients in the Family Medicine Clinic with athletic and recreational injuries.


Training is provided in general surgery and subspecialty surgery with special emphasis on the diagnosis and management of surgical disorders, emergencies, and the appropriate and timely referral for specialized care. Residents rotate through the Emergency General Surgery Service for 2 weeks under the supervision of faculty in the Department of Surgery to achieve competency in the diagnosis and management of a wide variety of surgical problems typically encountered by family physicians. Residents spend an additional 2 weeks rotating in ambulatory surgery clinics.

Surgical & Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit (SNICU)

The Surgical & Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit is the major academic referral center for support of critically ill patients in Iowa. The unit is medically directed and staffed by faculty members in the Departments of Anesthesia and Surgery. Residents on this 2-week rotation provide care to patients with respiratory failure, sepsis, stroke, multi-system trauma, and peri-operative complications.

Training in Advanced Life Support

Residents will complete certification courses in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO), and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP). If they choose, residents may also complete Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS).

Our Facilities

UI Hospitals and Clinics

We are a 811-bed hospital, admitting more than 37,000 patients in 2018 for in-patient, hospital care. On any given day at UI Hospitals and Clinics more than 9,000 employees, students, and volunteers collaborate to provide safe, quality health care to our patients.

UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital

UI Children's Hospital

Facilities designed especially for children and their families have been a hallmark of UI Hospitals and Clinics over the past century. The state-of-the-art, 371,600-square-foot UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital facility adjacent to UI Hospitals and Clinics opened in February 2017. The 11-level structure offers 190 beds, an increase from the 164 beds in the former UI Children's Hospital. There are also eight pediatric operating rooms as well as features that focus on the needs of patients and their families.

Off-Campus Locations

UI Health Care – Iowa River Landing-East

UI Health Care – Iowa River Landing-East offers families comprehensive care, including newborn and well-child checks, well-woman checks, geriatrics, and care for adults with medical conditions. The clinic also has an on-site optical shop and pharmacy. UI Health Care – Iowa River Landing-East is located in Coralville and offers a patient-friendly and easily accessible environment for their patients and residents of the community.

UI Health Care - River Crossing

UI Health Care - River Crossing offers families comprehensive care, including newborn and well-child checks, well-woman checks, obstetrics, and care for adults with medical conditions. The clinic also has an on-site optical shop and pharmacy. Because UI Health Care - River Crossing is located in Riverside, a rural community little over 10 miles south of Iowa City, residents have the opportunity to train in rural health care without being too far from the amenities of Iowa City.

UI Health Care - Scott Boulevard

UI Health Care – Scott Boulevard offers families comprehensive care, including newborn and well-child checks, well-woman checks, obstetrics, and care for adults with medical conditions. The clinic also has an on-site optical shop and pharmacy. UI Health Care - Southeast is located in Iowa City and offers a patient-friendly and easily accessible environment for their patients and residents of the community.

UI Health Care - North Liberty

UI Health Care – North Liberty offers families comprehensive care, including newborn and well-child checks, well-woman checks, obstetrics, and care for adults with medical conditions. The family medicine clinic shares space with a UI pediatrics clinic. UI Health Care – North Liberty is located just outside of Iowa City in North Liberty and offers a patient-friendly and easily accessible environment for their patients and residents of this growing suburban community.

UI Health Care - Cedar Rapids

UI Health Care – Cedar Rapids offers families comprehensive care, including newborn and well-child checks, well-woman checks, and care for adults with medical conditions. The family medicine clinic also shares clinic space with UI pediatrics, dermatoloty, OB/GYN, and surgery clinics. UI Health Care – Cedar Rapids is located in the heart of downtown Cedar Rapids and offers a patient-friendly and easily accessible environment for their patients and residents of this urban community.

UI Health Care - Muscatine

UI Health Care – Muscatine offers families comprehensive care, including newborn and well-child checks, well-woman checks, obstetrics, and care for adults with medical conditions. UI Health Care – Muscatine is located along the Mississippi River in Muscatine and offers a patient-friendly and easily accessible environment for their patients and residents of this underserved rural community.

Iowa City Free Medical Clinic

The Iowa City Free Medical Clinic is a non-profit organization that provides health care services to patients in Iowa City and the surrounding community who would not otherwise have access to care. The clinic's four distinct services include general medical care, chronic medical care, dental care, and eye care. The clinic also has an on-site pharmacy that can fill prescriptions written by its physicians.

Our Program Aims

Aims of the University of Iowa Family Medicine Residency Program

These principles drive our educational mission.

We seek to:

  • Train residents to provide comprehensive, compassionate care to a broad range of patients for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health.
  • Develop physicians capable of achieving the triple aim: better patient care, improved population health, and lower health care costs.
  • Provide the breadth of family medicine training to practice in any setting—rural or urban; multi-specialty or solo practice; inpatient, outpatient, obstetrics, pediatrics, urgent/emergent care; academic or private practice.
  • Be recognized nationally for family medicine resident education.
  • Develop the next generation of family medicine leaders.

Vision Statement for Family Medicine

Our Program's Vision

Our residency is an educational community that prepares learners to be competent family physicians ready for excellence in patient care, leadership, service to others, and lifelong learning.

As a community, we work and learn through providing medical care to individuals and families of all ages and walks of life in collaboration with other health care team members at our academic health center and in the community, making appropriate use of innovative technologies and models of care delivery.

The residency seeks to bring forth the strengths of each resident through a rich and varied set of experiences and ongoing faculty mentoring.

—Statement adopted September 2012

Benefits and Livability

Family Medicine Benefits

In addition to benefits provided by University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, the Family Medicine department extends the following benefits to its residents:

  • One week conference leave during second and third year
  • One week for Practice Search Leave (final year of training)
  • A laptop and power mic are provided during training
  • Meal allowance
  • Book and conference funds of up to $2,250 for the duration of residency
  • Individual workspace and study carrel (located in Residents’ Room)
  • Mid-winter retreat for resident group
  • Iowa resident physician license application fee
  • Iowa permanent medical license application fee
  • American Academy of Family Physicians resident dues
  • American Board of Family Medicine certification exam registration fee
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Course
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support Course
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Program
  • Advanced Life Support for Obstetrics Course
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support Course (for those interested)

Wellness, Support, and Social Activities

Social activities for residents, faculty, and staff take place throughout the year.

Residency picnic - The picnic is held in early July at the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area for incoming residents and their families to meet with faculty and staff from the Family Medicine department and clinic.

Residency picnic photo

Kickball - A friendly competition between faculty and residents held yearly. Faculty traditionally win!

Kickball team photo

Holiday party - A holiday party is scheduled each December for the Family Medicine Department and clinics including faculty, residents, staff, and their families.

Graduation - A graduation ceremony and dinner take place in June to honor the graduating residents and fellows. This evening is one of celebration and farewell. It represents an opportunity for each of us to congratulate the graduating residents for their dedication and hard work as well as to express our thanks for their efforts on behalf of our patients and the program.

Graduation photo

Retreat - A mid-year resident retreat takes place out of town and is intended to give residents and their families an opportunity to relax and socialize. A brief program includes class meetings and presentations by speakers centered around management of health systems, teaching and wellness. All residents are released from service and call responsibilities during their retreat and faculty members cover the Family Medicine Services.

Retreat photo

Wellness & support groups - The groups meet every four weeks during the lunch hour and are led by residents and faculty. Most importantly, our residents enjoy spending time with one another and organizing social activities.

Wellness and support group photo

Discover Iowa

If your vision of residency includes giving up your personal life, think again. Iowa City will raise your sense of adventure and provide you with some of the best times of your life.


Beyond Your Residency

Our three-year accredited residency will prepare you for any of a number of future careers: small town family practice in rural Iowa, research and education in an academic medical center, leadership within the discipline of family medicine, and more.

Our residents find rewarding opportunities available to them, within UI Health Care, in all parts of the country, and in exciting places globally.

How to Apply

ERAS logoApplications 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


We accept applications from Sept. 1 to Nov. 30, and selected candidates will be invited to interview.

We recommend you apply early. Interview priority will be given to those who submit full applications by Nov. 1.


Thank you for your interest in our program. If you have any questions, please contact:

Cinda Blake
Program Coordinator
Department of Family Medicine
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
200 Hawkins Drive
Room 01110 Pomerantz Family Pavilion (PFP)
Iowa City, IA 52242-1009
319-384-7822 (fax)

Eligibility Criteria and Couples Matching

U.S. Allopathic Medical School Graduate

  • Completed USMLE Step 1 and 2

  • Application via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) including:
    • A minimum of three letters of recommendation
    • Dean’s letter (MSPE)
    • Medical school transcript
    • Personal statement
    • Photograph (optional)

U.S. Osteopathic Medical School Graduates

  • Completed COMLEX Step 1 and Step 2 OR USMLE Step 1 and 2
  • Application via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) including:
    • A minimum of three letters of recommendation
    • Dean’s letter (MSPE)
    • Medical school transcript
    • Personal statement
    • Photograph (optional)

International Medical School Graduates

  • Pass USMLE Step 1, Step 2, and Step 3 on first attempt
  • Graduate of a medical school recognized by the Medical Board of California
  • Completed medical school training within past five years (or enrolled in an accredited ACGME internship or residency program within the past five years).
  • Previous family medicine experiences, observerships, or clinical experience in the US.
  • Application via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) including:
    • A minimum of 3 letters of recommendation
    • Dean’s letter (MSPE)
    • Medical school transcript verifying appropriate medical education to train in a large teaching hospital
    • Personal statement
    • Photograph (optional)
  • U.S. citizenship or J-1 Visa

Couples Matching

The Department of Family Medicine encourages couples match applications. We work in conjunction with the corresponding department to streamline interview dates and times for both applicants.

More information on couples matching can be found on the NRMP website.

The Interview

We will interview selected candidates beginning in October and ending in December 2021. We interview over 100 applicants for 6 positions.

For the safety of the applicants and our staff during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and based on the recommendations of the AAMC, our program will again be offering all of our interviews virtually through video conferencing for the 2021-2022 residency recruitment season. Each interview day is preceded by a virtual evening social hour with several of our residents. During the interview day, you will have the opportunity to speak with program leadership, chief residents, and more! We provide a virtual tour, and access to many other videos highlighting our people, our program, our hospital, and our community.

We look forward to connecting with you!

Our People

Our faculty members are leaders in the discovery, development, and dissemination of new knowledge and innovative clinical teaching models in family medicine. We train physicians for Iowa and beyond to be leaders in patient-centered, team-based care delivery.

Your fellow residents are, just like you, dedicated to rewarding and meaningful careers in the practice of family medicine. They come to Iowa from around the world, drawn here by a comprehensive training program, outstanding work environment, and the prospect of practice opportunities afforded by their experiences here.

Our patients are also part of the training equation. They come to University of Iowa Health Care to receive the very best care from experts who are passionate about delivering it in a personable way. As Iowa’s only academic medical center, we see a comprehensive mix of challenging cases and have the privilege to work with many cultures and languages.

One of the best ways to get familiar with a residency program is to hear what our current residents have to say about their experiences.

Department Contacts

Residency Coordinators

Cinda BlakeCinda Blake

Program Coordinator


I am a born and raised Iowan, a University of Iowa graduate and a Hawkeye fan for life! I have two great kids (who are also Iowa graduates) and for relaxation I enjoy running, crocheting, puzzles, reading, cooking and baking, spending time at the Lake of the Ozarks with family and friends and RAGBRAI.


Lisa Kouba portraitLisa Baggerly

Academic Program Management and Services Associate


Current Residents


Justen Ahmed

Justen Ahmed, MD

Medical School: Howard University

Shreya Bansal

Shreya Bansal, DO

Medical School: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Lauren Hall

Lauren Hall, MD

Medical School: Southern Illinois University

Grant Henning

Grant Henning, MD

Medical School: University of Iowa

Andreas Magnusson

Andreas Magnusson, MD

Medical School: University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Alexander McCammant,

Alexander McCammant, MD

Medical School: Saint Louis University

Cristina Papari

Cristina Papari, MD

Medical School: Saint Louis University

Edvin Rosic

Edvin Rosic, MD

Medical School: University of Iowa


Drew Amador, portrait

Drew Amador, MD

Medical School: University of Illinois

Jack Chen, portrait

Jack Chen, MD

Medical School: University of Vermont

Alexander Dresden, portrait

Alexander Dresden, DO

Medical School: Burrell College

Sandra El-Daccache, portrait

Sandra El-Daccache, MBBS

Medical School: St. George’s University of London

Mark Mousa, portrait

Mark Mousa, MD

Medical School: American University

Harika Polisetty, portrait

Harika Polisetty, MBBS

Medical School: Kasturba Medical College


Tanya Aggarwal, portrait

Tanya Aggarwal, MBBS

Medical School: Indira Gandhi College

Ellie Fishbein, portrait

Ellie Fishbein, MD

Medical School: Rush Medical College

Sam Orvis, portrait

Sam Orvis, MD

Medical School: University of Iowa

Hannah Stein, portrait

Hannah Stein, MD

Medical School: University of Illinois - Peoria, College of Medicine

Harris Syed, portrait

Harris Syed, MD

Medical School: University of Vermont

Aaron Weaver, portrait

Aaron Weaver, MD

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin



Class of 2022

2022 Family Medicine Graduating Class

Left to Right: Khashayar Farzam, Logan Wilz, Stephanie Pickthorn, Alice Hwang, Chelsea Pham-Wightman, Nicholas Rainey, Kumi Yuki, Nader Shakir.Class of 2021

alumni 2021

Back row (L-R): Ramy Salib, Justis Stolz, Claire McKinley, Kyle Cassidy-Wescott, Tiernan Murphy
Front row (L-R): Jingna Zhao, Mary Gallagher, Annie Robinson, Nymisha Rao, Courtney Moore

Class of 2020

Class of 2020 photo

Pictured (L-R): Michael Jorgensen, Victoria (Torie) Tann, Kelsey True, Kelly Krei, Dalie Youssef, James Jackson

Class of 2019

Class of 2019 photo

Back row (L-R): Emily Welder, Puja Pape, Jessica Alston, Timothy Park, Benjamin Stacy
Front row (L-R): Whitney Kaefring, Jessica Rockafellow

Class of 2018

Class of 2018 photo

Back row (L-R): Raymond Yu, Holly Thro, Kathleen Schroeder, Robert Wood, Erin Hayward
Front row (L-R): L. Wern Ong, Ana Santacruz, Rachel Immen

Class of 2017

Class of 2017 photo

Back row (L-R): Matthew Jepson, Diana Flint, Garrett Wilxoc, Alka Walter, Shailen Mhapsekar, Victoria Linares
Front row: Ashley Stillwell

Class of 2016

Class of 2016 photo

Back row (L-R): Joseph Aziz, Scott Larson, Darbie Little-Cooper, Mintesinot Fitamo
Front row (L-R): Mary Haas, Monika Jindal, Ishwaree Chogle

Class of 2015

Class of 2015 photo

Back row (L-R): Sarah Jacobitz-Kizzier, Sarah Osborne, Paige Deets
Front row (L-R): Nicole Gastala, Sandeep Basanti, Jennifer Donovan

The Department of Family Medicine was established in 1970 with residents entering the Family Medicine Residency Program in 1972.

Over 300 physicians have graduated from our Family Medicine or Family Medicine-Psychiatry residency programs.

57% of our graduates are currently working in private family practice following residency, with others selecting academic medicine, hospitalist medicine, administrative roles, urgent care, emergency medicine, public health, research, student health, and various other activities!

Our graduates currently reside and practice in 37 states and 2 foreign countries.

For further information about University of Iowa medical school and/or residency colleagues, visit the University of Iowa Health Care "Medicine Alumni Society" website.

Family Medicine residency graduate US map of 2020

Our Leadership

Jeffrey Quinlan, portrait

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. Perhaps you know of us by our Family Medicine Handbook–a vital text for family medicine residents. We have award winning students and student programs. Or perhaps you have read some of the important research produced by our faculty and students.

University of Iowa is home to the acclaimed Writer's Workshop where future writers hone their craft. Iowa City is a beautiful town embracing the banks of the Iowa River. Iowa is the home of a great "State Fair," River City, and a "Field of Dreams." Most importantly, we are the home of a 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 head important committees, partner with other departments in research, and actively teach medical students at all years of training. 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
Donald J. and Anna M. Ottilie Chair in the Department of Family Medicine
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics

About the Chair and Department Executive Officer

Dr. Jeffrey D. Quinlan is the Chair and Department Executive Officer for the Department of Family Medicine.

He earned a BS in Biochemistry and a BS in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh in 1988 and went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine in 1992. Dr. Quinlan completed Family Medicine training at Naval Hospital Charleston, S.C. and at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, Calif., and subsequently, completed a Maternity Care Fellowship at Florida Hospital, Orlando, Fla.

He has a solid foundation and interest in Graduate Medical Education having served as faculty (8 years) and Program Director (4 years) of the Naval Hospital Jacksonville Family Medicine Residency Program. Additionally, he served as adjust faculty at the National Capital Consortium's Family Medicine Residency Program, the Department of Defense's only tri-service residency program. Dr. Quinlan completed his military career at the Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD., where he has 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.

Dr. Quinlan's professional memberships include the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians, the 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, an Associate Editor of the Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics program, and a Deputy Editor for the Family Physician Inquiries Network.

Residency Directors

The Department of Family Medicine offers two residency programs: a categorical family medicine residency and a family medicine-psychiatry combined program. Our diverse faculty is composed of committed educators who are seasoned clinicians and successful researchers.

Since the inception of our program in 1972, we have trained hundreds of family physicians for Iowa and the nation. Our research division, with its core of tenured faculty, is advancing the frontiers of our discipline. We offer fellowship training in Geriatrics, Faculty Development, and Sports Medicine. Our curriculum focuses on chronic care and prevention in both the office and hospital settings.

But perhaps the most important thing we offer you is something that is harder to put into words than a list of our program's many strengths–we care about each other as people. We respect and value the effort that it takes all of us to succeed every day. Excellence in medicine, like anything worth striving for, isn't achieved without effort and hard work. We can, and do, promise to honor your sincerity and commitment and support you when the going gets tough.

We will provide you with a world class education–easy to say, hard to live up to.

Because of our faculty our staff and our excellent residents, our residency program is prepared to take you where you need to go. Our graduates practice in locations from small towns in Iowa to urban centers, from solo practice to large multispecialty groups. From staffing emergency rooms, to academic medicine, to the rewarding life of the practitioner, we will prepare you to be just the kind of family doctor you have always imagined being.

Brigit Ray, portrait

Brigit Ray, MD, MME

Program Director

Scott Larson

Scott Larson, MD

Associate Program Director

Meghan Connett, portrait

Meghan Connett, MD

Assistant Program Director

Chief Residents

Each year, two residents are elected by their peer residents to serve as Chief Resident during their PGY-3 year.

These residents function as liaisons between administration, faculty and residents; supervise coverage of call responsibilities; and work closely with the Residency Director, Associate Directors, and Coordinator to identify opportunities in the residency and seek prompt, effective, and workable solutions. In preparation for their responsibilities, they attend the UIHC GME Rising Chief Resident Seminar and also participate in the AAFP Chief Resident Leadership Program. The chief residents also have a major role in the recruitment process and will represent the program at statewide and national recruitment events.

Ellie Fishbein, portrait

Ellie Fishbein, MD
Medical School: Rush Medical College

Harris Syed, portrait

Harris Syed, MD
Medical School: University of Vermont


Our Faculty


The faculty of the Department of Family Medicine is a large and diverse group of people. Our faculty received training at a variety of medical schools and postgraduate programs, bringing a nice diversity to our department. All the physicians are board certified and the faculty includes individuals who have extensive experience, both as practitioners and as educators.

Find our current listing of faculty members below:

The Department of Family Medicine Faculty