University of Nebraska Medical Center

Primary Care

Our Internal Medicine Residency Program has two distinct primary care tracks.

The Primary Care Program is open only to UNMC medical students, while the National Residency Matching Program is open to all residency applicants. 

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Responding to a Primary Care Need

Rae Witt, MD, associate program director, Internal Medicine Residency Program

We added primary care spots and revamped our primary care track in response to changes in the practice of medicine and the shortage of primary care doctors in the United States.

Here at UNMC, we value primary care, and we proudly graduate outstanding primary care physicians who are equipped to care for a wide spectrum of patients, medical problems and situations. 



Two Tracks to Primary Care

Residents in the primary care track will complete all ACGME and ABIM requirements over their three years of residency and will have additional opportunities for ambulatory training, including:

  • increased time in continuity clinic
  • the option to customize continuity clinic
  • increased ambulatory elective time
  • the option to customize elective months
  • monthly didactics on topics in primary care

A Focus on Rural and Underserved Areas

David O'Dell, MD, primary care program director

We started this program in an effort to train primary care physicians for the rural and underserved areas in the state of Nebraska, and this goal remains true today.

The program is jointly sponsored by the Departments of Internal Medicine and Family Medicine and uniquely offers graduates the breadth of training of both family medicine and internal medicine. The program maximizes the educational use of the senior year and provides additional benefits, including sub-internship status, early exposure to continuity clinic, a fourth-year tuition waiver, potential loan forgiveness, and ultimately easing the transition to residency. 

Sample Schedule

Inpatient electives
  • Cardiology, UNMC
  • Cardiology, VA
  • Nephrology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Gastroenterology, UNMC
  • Gastroenterology, VA
  • Hematology/oncology
  • Endocrinology
  • Pulmonary
  • Hospitalist, TBR
  • Hospitalist, Methodist
Outpatient electives
  • Rheumatology
  • Women’s health
  • Eval unit/SDA
  • Allergy/dermatology
  • Geriatrics
  • Outpatient, VA
  • Outpatient, Methodist
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Research
  • five to six months wards
  • ICU
  • ER
  • neurology
  • three to four months electives:
    • one to two inpatient
    • two outpatient
  • two months wards
  • ICU
  • Traditional month (GI/Fremont)
  • eight months electives:
    • four to five inpatient
    • three to four outpatient - one "free design"
  • two months wards
  • ICU
  • Board Review/South Africa
  • eight months electives:
    • four to five inpatient
    • three to four outpatient - one "free design"