Message from the Program Director

Welcome to the UT Southwestern Family Medicine Residency Program!  

Choosing Family Medicine as your specialty is an incredibly rewarding decision since this is the heart of primary care.  As the science of medicine continues to change, selecting the right residency program holds paramount importance in shaping your career.  We are dedicated to training well rounded, culturally competent physicians in an inclusive learning environment built on respect that celebrates diversity and prepares them to provide high quality care. 

Our residency program has a unique blend of university setting coupled with a community ambulatory clinic experience that fosters comprehensive learning. Our residents receive training at esteemed institutions such as the Dallas County Parkland Health and Hospital System, Children's Healthâ„  Children's Medical Center, Texas Health Presbyterian-Dallas Hospital, and the William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital.  Our primary clinic sites use an Integrated Behavioral Health Model approach, and our residents collaborate with our behavioral therapists regularly. Also, residents rotate through many outpatient teaching facilities, underserved sites, and private clinics in the community. These thoughtfully designed rotations not only maximize patient interaction, learning, and skill development but also minimize time away from your loved ones. We place equal emphasis on your clinical interests and personal well-being throughout your training. Our diverse and supportive faculty, equipped with a wide range of skills, are readily available to provide hands-on clinical guidance and evidence-based education. Furthermore, our robust research core assists in facilitating your community-focused scholarly projects. 

Located within the heart of a prominent academic medical center in Dallas, we combine the strengths of a major institution with a strong community emphasis. UT Southwestern physicians offer medical care in 40 specialties, serving 92,000 hospitalized patients and overseeing more than 2 million outpatient visits annually. With access to a high volume and comprehensive scope of specialty care across different clinical sites, and close interaction with our extensive Family Medicine faculty, tailoring individual learning experience becomes effortless. We are committed to our residents’ growth, both professionally and personally, and help customize rotations to fit desired fellowship and future practice goals. Our residents are teachers in our program and can develop their own teaching skills when working with medical students in their senior years.   

But what is most important about our program?  Our Diverse residents. We draw an intellectually curious group of passionate physicians who are committed to our academic mission and who share traits of compassion, teamwork, and empathy. We support one another and learn together. We become family. 

This is just a glimpse of what we have to offer.  I am proud of our residency family and excited for our future. As a former resident myself, and now the program director, I can personally assure you that there are countless opportunities here to enhance your education and help you grow to become the physician leader you want to be.  If you are ready for a challenging and progressive journey of excellence, I invite you to consider us and come meet my family to learn more.


Zaiba Jetpuri, DO, MBA, CPH, FAAFP
Associate Professor and Program Director