FAQ's

What is the length of the program?

The length of the program is three years, identical to that of the categorical track.  At the end of three years, primary care residents are board eligible to become certified in Internal Medicine.

What if I decide to pursue a fellowship after primary care residency?

The goal of the primary care track is to train residents predominantly in an outpatient setting.  Any resident may pursue a fellowship following completion of their training.

What is the fellowship match rate for the primary care tract?

We presently have a match rate of >98% over the past 5 years.  Further, residents have pursued fellowships in the following divisions:

Allergy and Immunology
Hematology/Oncology
Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine 
Nephrology
Cardiology
Gastroenterology
Rheumatology
Sports Medicine
Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Infectious Disease
Endocrine

What if I decide to pursue hospitalist medicine?

In three years of training, a primary care resident will have exposure to the same level of acuity during their inpatient months as the categorical residents.   Many residents in the past have pursued a hospitalist career.

What is the insurance percentage of the patient population at the UK Clinics?

85% of the patients seen at UK clinics are privately insured. Only 15% rely on Medicaid or are uninsured. 

What is the board pass rate of Primary Care Track residents?

Overall, the PC residents have a board pass rate of greater than 95% over the past 10 years. 

If I apply to both the Primary Care and the Categorical Tracks do I have to come back for a separate interview?

No. You only have one interview date with two interviewers; one with the Primary Care Track Program Director and one with a representative from the Categorical Track.

What percentage of patients actually keeps their appointments?

The clinic no show rate is 10-12%, therefore, 90% of the patients will keep their scheduled appointments.

Will I only be seeing indigent patients in continuity clinic?

You will see all of the patients in your assigned continuity clinic attendings’ panel. This means you will see all the insured patients.

How do I get a mentor?

One of your assigned continuity clinic attendings will become your mentor for all three years of residency.

Are there research opportunities?

There are many faculty that welcome resident involvement in research. The chief residents maintain a list of all faculty that are interested in becoming a research mentor.

Can I get protected time for research?

Each time you are on an ambulatory month, if you have an IRB approved project and you have an identified mentor, you can request 2 half days of protected research time.

Are there opportunities to work with underserved populations?

Yes. We have Primary Care Residents work one half day, 1-2 months each year while on their ambulatory month at the Salvation Army Clinic.

Are there opportunities for Global Health?

We work with a group called “Shoulders to Shoulder” to do mission trips to Ecuador.

Are there after hours events?

See Resident Events