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Program Overview

St. Mark’s Family Medicine Residency was born in 1994 out of family medicine residents’ desire to change the traditional family medicine residency curriculum to better serve the learners and the patients. While the residency program bears the St. Mark's name and works cooperatively with St. Mark's Hospital, it operates independently of any corporate or religious entity.

Clinic Every Day

Our fully ACGME-accredited program is unique in that residents have their own Clinic Every Day. This allows patients to see their doctor 90% of the time, compared to the 50% continuity most residency programs have. This model allows residents to treat a breadth of common primary care problems, connect with their patients and families, and learn to manage an increasing patient load efficiently. Our residents are highly skilled clinicians that find it easy to transition into a variety of practices and fellowships after residency.

Independent Learning

Along with our Clinic Every Day, we also value an adult learning model, which means we are motivated, curious self-starters who are excited to learn and mature. Residents have 9 months of elective time to tailor their education to their interests and future career goals. Our faculty alongside the St. Mark’s Hospital faculty and physicians in our community create a thriving learning environment for our residents—preparing them for first jobs, fellowships, and more. Even during required rotations, residents can choose the faculty members they work with in order to gain what they need most from their rotation time. Additionally, every afternoon, our residents and faculty come together for a noon didactic hour to enhance our medical knowledge.

Our adult learning philosophy also means we have balanced autonomy and supervision. Our residents learn to manage hospital and clinic concerns independently with faculty, intensivist, and obstetrical hospitalist on-hand to facilitate patient care concerns and resident learning. Combined with a predictable and flexible call schedule, our curriculum allows residents time to train abroad, support local sports teams, attend conferences, and moonlight.

Location, Location, Location

Training at a community hospital differs from an academic medical center. At St. Mark's Hospital our residents are the only residents, i.e. no competition from other programs or residency specialties. St. Mark's Hospital has 278 beds has won multiple national awards for its high quality cardiology, oncology, and orthopedic departments.

Location is one of the main factors applicants use in selecting their future residency program. Few places on earth combine cosmopolitan advantages with unspoiled natural beauty quite the way Utah does. Salt Lake City is the gateway to ten national parks including Yellowstone, Bryce, Arches and Zion, six national monuments and nine national forests - all within a days drive. The seven canyons surrounding Salt Lake City receive 450 inches of snow annually, creating unsurpassed skiing. No wonder Salt Lake City was selected as the site for the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Quick facts

  • Community-based, unopposed residency owned by Utah heatlhcare Institute, a non-profit foundation composed of our faculty to further resident education
  • Full ACGME-accreditation
  • Enjoy a predictable call schedule, with most Sundays off
  • Competetive salary and benefit package
  • 100% board pass rate on first attempt
  • ABFP In-Training exam: scored higher than 72% of the FP residency programs nationally
  • Our graduates have matched into sports medicine, geriatrics, and obstetrics fellowships 
  • 2:1 resident to faculty ratio
  • Faculty have special interests in international medicine, sports medicine, women's health, geriatrics, and hospice care, and more
  • Faculty-run nursing home at which residents can rotate and moonlight


  • Residents are in Clinic Every Day
  • Level III Patient-Centered Medical Home
  • Belongs to accountable care organization (ACO)
  • 15,000 patient visits/year
  • Recently expanded and renovated
  • We require 1850 clinic patient visits per resident over 3 years compared to the 1650 required at most residencies (see table below)
  • Competent staff with dedication transition of care nurses and care coordinators
  • In-house LCSW for patient care and resident training
  • Night clinic as moonlighting opportunity
  • Clinic EMR: Centricity

   Average # of clinic patients seen in the year
 Average # of clinic hours
 R1  315  164
 R2  630  303
 R3  1126  609


  • St. Mark’s Hospital is 278-bed community hospital
  • Level II Emergency Department
  • 15-bed IC
  • Recently renovated women’s pavilion
  • Obstetrical hospitalists in-house 24 hours a day
  • Behavioral Health Unit and Acute Rehab Facility on campus
  • Superb social work, case management, and spiritual care support
  • EMR: Epic
Nuts and Bolts
  • Competitive salary
  • Comprehensive benefits package for residents and their families, including paid vacation (with flexible scheduling), medical, dental, life insurance, fully paid malpractice insurance, retirement plan, sick leave and maternity/paternity leave
  • 2 weeks of orientation for incoming R1s
  • BLS, ACLS, NRP, PALS, ATLS, ALSO courses paid for
  • Up-to-Date subscription renewed annually
  • CME time and funding as R2 and R3
  • 21 work days of paid time off
  • 1-day clinic retreat annually
  • Annual faculty-resident retreat with call coverage for the day
  • Overnight shifts during 3 months of Family Medicine service as R2-R3
  • From-home call averages q 8 weekdays and q 8 weekends

The Utah HealthCare Institute and St. Mark's Family Medicine Residency will not engage in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation including gender identity, unfavorable discharge from the military or status as a protected veteran and will comply with all federal and state non-discrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action laws, orders and regulations. This non-discrimination policy applies to admissions, employment, access to and treatment in the clinic facilities and activities.