APP Residency Program

Program Overview:

The Family Medicine Advanced  Practice Provider (APP) Residency is a non-accredited 12-month postgraduate training program associated with the University of Iowa Family Medicine Residency and the University of Iowa Family Medicine-Psychiatry Residency. The program is designed to provide highly qualified graduates of accredited APP training programs with intense training in specialized areas of Family Medicine. As a Family Medicine APP Resident, you will work alongside seasoned clinicians who are MDs, PAs, ARNPs, and physician residents at one of the top medical centers in the country.


The University of Iowa Department of Family Medicine APP Residency has applied for Postgraduate Accreditation – Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The University of Iowa Department of Family Medicine APP Residency anticipates review of its application for Postgraduate Accreditation – Provisional status at the September 2024 ARC-PA meeting. 


A career in healthcare is a long journey. I found a year of PA residency with the family medicine department at UIHC to be an extremely worthwhile investment to make up front. The program is thoughtfully designed and comprehensive, with a practical mixture of clinic time and specialty rotation options. I had access to faculty mentors who helped form my thought process as a family medicine clinician and exposure to a challenging patient panel which gave me time for learning over simply moving through high volume. I am now in my dream job at an FQHC working with a complex and underserved patient population. I will be ever grateful to the team at Iowa for giving me the learning opportunity to be ready to hit the ground running with a solid foundation in family medicine.

-Melissa Blosser, PA-C 2022 graduate 

I am extremely grateful for the UIHC PA residency.  The additional training I received in the residency made me a more well-rounded clinician and much more confident going into my first family medicine job. I was given the opportunity to work with and learn from clinicians in family medicine, psychiatry, dermatology, palliative care, geriatric medicine and urology. I enjoyed my time in the residency and I appreciate the knowledge I gained from the clinicians/teachers I worked with.

-Janie Cain, PA-C, 2021 graduate 

The Family Medicine PA program was an experience I will appreciate forever. The program stretched me out of my comfort zone and improved my skills in many aspects of family medicine. I was able to take care of patients of all ages and backgrounds in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. I gained skills in common office procedures, specific bedside ultrasound techniques, and also enjoyed working in the psychiatry clinic. Throughout my time at UIHC I grew as a clinician and as a person.

- Abigail Schiltz PA-C, 2019 graduate