Residency Program

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Sioux City Residency

We are an unopposed family medicine program in Northwest Iowa providing broad spectrum training. As the only residents in the city, we are offered unparalleled exposure to specialty physicians and patients. Here you can tailor your education to fit your practice goals. Our residency consists of three years of postgraduate study with 6 residents per year. Our program is accredited by the ACGME and affiliated with University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.

siouxland resident checking on infant patient
  • Clinic Size

    Our clinic is the one of the largest private practices in Sioux City. We follow all clinic patients through their hospitalizations, including ICU and PICU.

  • Maternal Health Clinic

    We provide antenatal care to low income and high risk populations, providing us the opportunity to see a diverse range of pathology and serve the community.

  • Macy/Winnebago Reservation Clinics

    We also provide antenatal care to the Native American populations on the Macy and Winnebago Reservation during our OB months.

  • Elective High Risk OB Elective

  • Monthly afternoon didactics

    One afternoon a month, clinic and hospital duties are blocked for residents to have a full afternoon of lectures, simulation models, and quizzes for a varied and interactive approach to learning.

  • College Physicals

    We provide annual sports physicals to many of the college athletes at Morningside College.

  • Moonlighting

    Moonlighting opportunities are available after you have received your permanent license.

  • Noon conferences

    Presentations are given by community physicians, fellow residents, staff, or visiting faculty over the noon hour. Lunch is provided.


The residency program consists of three years of post-graduate study.

Entry into the first year is open to applicants who have completed medical school at an LCME-approved school. To be considered by our program, international graduates must be either citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and ECFMG-certified at the time of application. 

Applicants must have passed both Steps 1 and 2 of the USMLE with a maximum of 3 attempts each. If Step 3 has not been passed, then the first passage of either Step 1 or 2 must not have occurred more than 5 years before the entry date into the program for which the applicant is applying. 

Applicants must have passed the Clinical Skills test of the USMLE or the Performance Evaluation of the COMLEX on the first attempt and have taken no more than 5 years total to complete medical school.

When openings occur in the second-year level, applications will be accepted from physicians who have completed an internship. Upon successful completion of the graduate study program, the resident will be eligible for examination leading to certification by the American Board of Family Medicine. 

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Find out what you'll be studying throughout your three years in our program.

Income & Benefits

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Where We Practice

There are two hospitals in Sioux City: Mercy One Siouxland Medical Center and UnityPoint - St. Luke's.

why did you choose the

Siouxland Medical Education Foundation?

Knowing that I eventually want to return to a rural community, I wanted an unopposed program that would prepare me for whatever might walk through the door. With a strong overall training, including OB, I feel that that SMEF is definitely the right program for me.

Dylan Smith, M.D.

Second Year Resident

I was impressed by the warmth and camaraderie of the residents and faculty. This will be important as I spend the next several years of my life with this family. The city is not too big and not too small. It offers a small town feel while having enough to do. I also like that the residency program is the only one in the city, giving me the opportunity to learn from a wide range of medical specialists and practices.

Tou Lee Xiong, M.D.

Third Year Resident

The people. Of all the programs I investigated, this one had the most welcoming environment and the greatest bond both among residents and with staff/faculty. I additionally enjoyed the blend of patients here – we treat a wide variety of ages and socioeconomic backgrounds, which I felt would prepare me well for the challenges of any environment in which I might eventually practice.

Evan Davis, M.D.

Third Year Resident

Our Faculty

Wolf Chris 2021

Chris Wolf, DO

Cara Drew

Cara Drew, MD

Cindy Buys

Cindy Buys, Pharm. D.

Mike Jung

Michael Jung, MD