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
Welcome! 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.
Highlights of our Training include:
- Service to unique clinic populations—former refugees, transgender patients, 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 the Alta and Snowbird 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) reservation. 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.
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.