Family Medicine

  • Family Medicine Careers and Residency Information

    We are interested in assisting medical students in career decision making and specialty choice. Many faculty are willing to talk with students about this, either in their role as M3/M4 advisors, or informally. Students may also meet with Laina Edwards for assistance with career information resources or referral to faculty.

    Students considering a career in family medicine would benefit from extra-curricular participation in the activities of the University of Iowa Family Medicine Interest Group (UI FMIG), Medical Education in Community Orientation (MECO) and/or Department of Family Medicine Summer Research. Important benefits include contact with UI Family Medicine faculty and practicing family physicians and an opportunity to interact with other students interested in careers in family medicine. Several Family Medicine clerkships are available to further explore your career options.

    Contact Laina Edwards for more information or assistance.

    The American Academy of Family Physicians has an excellent website. The following "pages" on that site are recommended: 

    • http://www.aafp.org - the AAFP home page
    • http://www.aafp.org/residencies/ - the on-line directory of all US FP residency programs. Most have direct links to program directors and/or coordinators' e-mail and most link to the residency program's website, so this is a great way to do initial exploration of programs.
    • http://fmignet.aafp.org/ - The Family Medicine Interest group's website - lots of stuff for students here about careers and residencies.
    • http://www.aafp.org/x20259.xml - The AAFP's "Strolling Through the Match" - a great resource - all students should use this to help them with the Match process!

    The American Association of Medical Colleges has information about careers, the Match, and the ERAS system: