Family Medicine Residency Program

St. Mary's Medical Center is the largest medical center on the Western Slope of Colorado. This 350-bed hospital serves as a primary and referral hospital for an area of more than a quarter million square miles encompassing parts of four states. The Faculty and Residents are an integral part of this region's patient care. This provides residents exposure to a remarkable depth and breadth of patients not typically seen at other hospitals.

St. Mary's Medical Center staff includes more than 300 physicians representing nearly every specialty and sub-specialty. The community has a strong base of family doctors and specialists who contribute to the residency program. We offer a popular Family Medicine Sub-I experience for fourth-year students of LCME-accredited and AOA-approved schools.Third-year students from the University of Colorado complete their Family Medicine Clerkships with us. Housing adjacent to the hospital is available.

One hundred percent of our graduates have passed the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Exam. Visit Graduates and Practice Locations for the names and medical school of doctors who have completed the program and the location of their practices. Also, see what our graduates have to say about us.

We are the "best kept secret" in family medicine. At 4,600 feet and surrounded by mountains, our topography provides surprisingly mild weather year-round with more than 300 days of sunshine and a long growing season. Agriculture, ranching and tourism are our biggest local industries. This is also Colorado wine country.

The Family Medicine Center is a Level III Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH), located in a large facility (29,700 sq. ft.), specially designed for the residency program and is walking distance from the hospital. The center includes 34 exam rooms with specially designated rooms for minor surgery, fetal monitoring, ultrasound, gynecologic procedures, patient education, counseling and a spacious precepting area. Personal areas for each resident are provided in two large resident studies.

Most of our conferences are held in one of three conference rooms. There is NO pharmaceutical funding of our program or drug representative visits.

Educational Opportunities

  • For our Family Medicine Residents and our Family Medicine Students
  • Grand Rounds: 7 a.m., Tuesdays
  • Education Day: Noon to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday; catered lunch; variety of topics, speakers and time for hands-on learning.
  • Thursday Lunch Specials:
    • Sports Medicine
    • OB M & M
    • Evidence-Based Medicine
    • Pharmasuitables (Best Rx Tips)
  • Journal Club

The Western Slope Collaborative Clinic has been part of us for almost 20 years. The clinic provides primary care, HIV specialty care, case management, mental health, dental and peer adherence counseling in an integrated setting. Care is provided in our office in conjunction with sub-specialists from the University of Colorado. We offer training that will allow residents to earn certification as HIV Specialists from the American Academy of HIV Medicine.

Graduates Experience


In The News:

Name a residency program prominently featured in a PBS film. Hint: It is us! Don't miss by T.R. Reed's, "US Healthcare: The Good News." the PBS website. Then check YouTube for what's next, "The Secret Sauce"



We received a 5-year re-accreditation from ACGME and recognition as a Level III Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) from NCQA. Both are the highest honors available.

Integrated Mental Health

We have pioneered integrated mental health care. Residents have a dedicated team of professionals working with them (2 PhD's, 2 medical family therapy fellows, addictions counselor, 3 case managers, and a pharmacist). This is fundamental to providing patients the highest level of care in our PCMH. Our Behavioral Science Director, Randall Reitz, PhD, is nationally recognized for this success. He was Executive Director of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association; was presented with the inaugural "Transformational Impact Award" for his vision in bringing interdisciplinary training to residencies. We have presented this model at many national meetings & welcome your interest in this unique learning environment.

One of the favorite traditions in Grand Junction is faculty teaming with residents to present at national conferences. Frequently, these presentations are the outcome of resident-led scholarly and clinical projects. Here are a few recent highlights:

• Stephanie Lape presented on mentorship at STFM's conference in Minneapolis.

• Shiela Klemmetsen presented her research on supporting rural family physicians at the STFM conference in Orlando.

• Lisa Roberts and Kim Landrum worked with our medical family therapy fellow, Kaitlin Leckie, on a care planning project that they presented at the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Conference in San Antonio. 

• Anne Siler conducted research on the roles that family medicine faculty play in the lives of residents. She presented her research at STFM in San Antonio.

• Toby Long presented a keynote address on promoting hope in healthcare at the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association (CFHA) conference in Denver.

• Jonathon Osorio presented on prenatal group appointments at CFHA in Philadelphia.

• Trish Eckman presented on diabetes group appointments at CFHA in Louisville.