Primary Care Track


Since 1978 the University of Kentucky offers a unique program to provide residency training in Primary Care Internal Medicine. As the demand for primary care general internists increases, there is increased recognition of the need for high quality generalist training. The Primary Care Residency Program at the University of Kentucky strives to provide a well-developed, structured curriculum to prepare our primary care residents for practicing the specialty of generalist internal medicine in both urban and rural inpatient and outpatient settings.

Our Primary Care program offers training experiences uniquely required to practice general internal medicine, including:

  • Excellent preparation for practicing general internal medicine in a managed care environment in urban and small community settings.
  • Community-based rotations to prepare you for expanding opportunities for internists in private practice and rural communities.
  • Over 50% of total training time during 2nd and 3rd years are in ambulatory settings.
  • Weekly case conference
  • Non Medicine subspecialty clinics
  • Faculty mentor program

Our graduates are well-trained in common ambulatory problems they will encounter in their future practice as general internists in addition to the traditional core training in internal medicine provided by the hospital-based rotations. In addition to resident noon conferences with traditional core medicine topics, the primary care residents participate in a two-year curriculum reviewing ambulatory primary care topics, including:

  • Four - six (depending on the year) months scheduled in Ambulatory Care, rotating in a variety of traditional internal medicine specialty as well as non-internal medicine clinics.
  • Small group workshop series during the Ambulatory Care rotation, reviewing medical economics practice management and a variety of outpatient topics.
  • One month each year in a community-based rotation, practicing general internal medicine side by side with private practice physicians. These rotations are among the highest rated rotations by our residents.
  • Primary Care Chief Residents who are responsible for organizing monthly Primary Care Grand Rounds consisting of topics not covered in mainstream didactics.
  • While on Ambulatory Care there are Primary Care Case Conferences once a week consisting of megacases, clinical pearls, resident AC cases, clinical delimas and journal club.

For more information concerning the Primary Care Residency Program, please contact:

Sarah Schuetz, MD 
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Primary Care Residency Program Director
Department of Internal Medicine

Program Coordinator (For the quickest and most effective response, please use the preferred email contact information for your questions.)
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