The University of Missouri (MU) Family Medicine Residency was established more than 50 years ago. Since 1975, our program has graduated 530 physicians who serve in diverse settings in 41 states across the country, plus Canada, England, Africa, and the Philippines.

Our graduates are leaders in family medicine as well as geriatrics, sports medicine, public health, academic medicine, and health care administration.

Our mission is to train capable, compassionate family physicians in an environment of mutual respect based in real-world experiences. We reinforce values of ethical practice, community orientation, personal/professional balance, and lifelong learning.

Why should you choose Mizzou Family Medicine?

Nationally Recognized Residents

Through the years, MU Family Medicine Residents who train at the University of Missouri have been nationally recognized for their scholarship, leadership, compassion, clinical care and dedication to serve.

Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA)

AOA is a national honor medical society established to recognize and perpetuate excellence in the medical profession. Five of our current MU Family Medicine Residents have earned AOA membership:

  • Hunter Aldred, MD
  • Paige Beauparlant, MD
  • Daniel Bicklein, MD
  • Brent Dudenhoeffer, MD
  • Cheyenne Dudenhoeffer, MD
  • Paige McCaleb, MD
  • Samuel Holt McNair, MD

Gold Humanism Honor Society

The Gold Humanism Honor Society honors senior medical students, residents, physician/teachers and other exemplars for excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service. Twelve of our current MU Family Medicine Residents have earned Gold Humanism Awards:

  • Hunter Aldred, MD
  • Paige Beauparlant, MD
  • Daniel Bicklein, MD
  • Cara Conrad, DO
  • Emma Cooper, MD
  • Emily Dircks, MD
  • Brent Dudenhoeffer, MD
  • Cheyenne Dudenhoeffer, MD
  • Wyatt Eikermann, DO
  • Brittany Marshall, MD
  • Addison McGuire, DO
  • Paige McCaleb, MD
  • Sam Holt McNair, MD

Nationally Recognized Department

For nearly 30 years, U.S. News & World Report has recognized us as one of the nation's top graduate programs.

MU Family Medicine Leads the Pack

Learn about the leadership and accomplishments – here at Mizzou and across the nation as well – of MU Family Medicine faculty and alumni.

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Family Medicine residency graduates practice throughout the United States.
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Best of Both Worlds

Residents in suture lab

Family medicine residency at MU is an academic program that blends the best of University and community-based training. Residents learn from outstanding teachers and by accessing the latest resources and technology at the University, and they gain autonomy by providing patient care under the guidance of faculty in our community practices.

Faculty Mentorship

Erika Ringdahl, MD, talks to resident

Residents grow personally and professionally as faculty provide them ongoing feedback during rotations and meet with them for regular advising sessions. Close faculty-resident relationships develop and contribute to the congeniality that characterizes MU family medicine.

Meet our faculty.

A Leader in Informatics Technology

MU Family and Community Medicine has been a pioneer in developing and implementing the electronic medical record (EMR) at University Hospital and its clinics since 1999. In fact, our department is uniquely positioned as a strategic partner with the Cerner Corporation, the industry’s leading EMR vendor. For more than 15 years, we’ve been collaborating with Cerner to lead health care into the future as we develop state-of-the-art tools and technologies that promote concepts key to the Patient-Centered Medical Home. Our residency program is committed to teaching the physicians of tomorrow how to effectively use these new tools and technologies. Additionally, University of Missouri Health Care has been recognized as one of the nation’s “Most Wired” hospitals according to the 2021 Most Wired Survey released in the October issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

Patient-Centered Medical Home

Residents of MU Family Medicine are provided a continuity clinic at one of our four outpatient clinic sites. This continuity clinic provides residents a panel of patients they can follow throughout residency. The continuity clinic also provides residents an opportunity to establish relationships with clinic staff and social workers and, in some cases, psychologists, nurse practitioners and nutritionists. Residents also provide continuity of care to nursing home patients during the second and third years of residency.

Simulation Center

Residents in SIM center

The Russell D. and Mary B. Shelden Clinical Simulation Center (CSC) has more than 15 years experience in simulation curriculum development. The CSC has 10,000 square feet in the CSE building and 13,000 square feet in the PCCLE building and includes 30 fully equipped examination rooms, 12 multipurpose simulation rooms with presentation technology, 13 observation and control rooms, 1 Cerner Smart Room, a hospital “room of the future”, 4 debrief/conference rooms, 2 conference rooms and administrative offices. Our residents use the CSC for training in rural trauma, different patient encounters, hospital-based emergencies, and physician leadership. The simulation center is available for residents who want to practice procedures with available trained staff.

Rural Training Track

The Department of Family and Community Medicine has partnered with Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia, Missouri, to create the Bothwell Rural Family Medicine Residency, which trains service-oriented, evidence-based family medicine physicians to provide outstanding care and leadership for rural patients and their communities.

The first-year curriculum is shared with our Family Medicine Residency program in Columbia, and the second and third years are in Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia. The Bothwell residents have their continuity clinic experience in Sedalia all three years.

Learn More: Bothwell-University Of Missouri Rural Family Medicine Residency

Fellowship Training/Academic Medicine Degree

For Family Medicine residents who want to continue their education/training after graduation, Family and Community Medicine sponsors four fellowship programs (sports medicine, geriatrics, hospice and palliative medicine and academic), and it co-sponsors an online master’s degree program. All Family Medicine residents who decided to pursue fellowship training have matched with the program of their choice.