Welcome to the University of Connecticut/Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program

Welcome to the University of Connecticut/Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program

I am thrilled to convey to you the excitement we feel about Family Medicine education in our program. We hope you find this website helpful as it answers many of the common questions that are asked about training at our program. We believe the UConn Family Medicine program represents the best of two worlds - enthusiastic University faculty educating in an outstanding community teaching hospital. We are located in a vibrant and culturally diverse neighborhood to provide you with the opportunity to learn the art and science of Family Medicine.

As you explore this website, you will come to know some of the inner workings of our residency program. More important is that you begin to understand the core values that underlie our educational mission. These values are humanity, diversity, collaboration, and innovation. For over 30 years we’ve been rooted in a neighborhood where we make differences in the lives of our patients. This focus permeates our clinical perspectives and our world views. We strive to create a humane educational environment: one that recognizes the contributions of adult learners and allows the flexibility for individuals to chart their own course within Family Medicine.

We are committed to honoring diversity and approaching cultural differences with an attitude of humility rather than one of achieving "competence." This opens us to true learning and meaningful relationships with others.

Collaboration best describes our clinical educational model where pharmacists, family therapists, social workers, nutritionists, nurses, and staff work side-by-side with patients, residents and faculty in both teaching and clinical care.

While our educational model is somewhat traditional- grounded in the fundamentals – we are also innovative. We instituted Electronic Health Records in 2003, and which transformed how we care for patients using technology and evidence-based medicine. In 2015 we changed to Epic and continue to serve a major role working with IT to optimize workflows and documentation for our institution. Additionally, we have been involved with the Connecticut Institute for Primary Care Innovation (www.CIPCI.org) to drive changes and assist with improvements for our center. We have served as a pilot site for handheld software to be used at the point-of-care which continues to be an emphasis of ours. We are regionally and nationally known for our psychosocial curriculum. Our community health commitment is outstanding and has included everything from studying community resources for adolescents to transmigration with Puerto Rico. We were previously a level 3 NCQA certified patient-centered medical home and are actively pursuing a new certification within our new Epic environment. We have group visits for prenatal care, diabetes and nutrition and we also provide care for Somalian and Bosnian refugees. Our Sports Medicine Fellowship is among the finest in New England. From this broad education in a university administered, community based training environment, our graduates have chosen careers in almost every practice setting (see our alumni section).

I invite you to explore this website. I think you will agree there is a great deal of opportunity here at UConn Family Medicine. As an added benefit, Hartford and the surrounding communities are a terrific place to live and enjoy. Please feel free to contact us if we can support your career path in Family Medicine in any way.

Edmund Kim, M.D.

Edmund Kim, M.D.
Program Director
Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine