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Prospective Residents

Department of Family Medicine

Program Overview

If there is one thing all family medicine residents have in common, it's that they are a close-knit group of individuals who are all passionate about the health and wellbeing of their community. Staff and residents support each other while teaching and working to ensure an optimal work/life balance. Most residents agree UNLV School of Medicine's residency program provides a manageable schedule with fantastic educational opportunities. Faculty members are accessible to advise and mentor residents.

The three-year residency in family medicine is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education. Dedicated faculty are board certified mentors and offer a broad-range of interests and experience since the program's inception in 1989. All family medicine residents receive ACLS, BLS, ALSO, and Neonatal training/certification, sponsored by the UNLV School of Medicine.

  • Strong sense of community, respect and trust among the residents and faculty
  • Supportive environment from faculty, to mentors and career advisors to fellow residents
  • Strong commitment to work/life balance
  • Manageable schedule
  • Innovative curriculum tailored to each resident’s career ambitions
  • Strong emphasis on community outreach
  • Clinical opportunities with urban underserved patients


2410 Fire Mesa Street Suite 180
Las Vegas, NV 89128

Please contact us about questions you may have regarding your application to the program and interview.

Phone: 702-992-6888


Family physicians strive to make people whole by humanizing medicine and providing quality primary care. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas family medicine residency curriculum emphasizes the acquisition of skills and attitudes directed towards these goals. We adhere to the standards of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education and the special requirements of the Residency Review Committee for Family Medicine, which mandate balanced experiences in medicine, surgery, reproductive care, behavioral science, the care of children and adolescents, orthopedics, sports medicine, procedural skills, practice management and information mastery. Our competency driven curriculum promotes compassionate patient care, acquisition of medical knowledge, practice based learning, communication and interpersonal skills, professionalism and responsiveness to the health care system. Elective time for special interests is provided during years two and three.



  • Community Medicine - 1 month
  • Critical Care Unit - 1 month
  • Emergency Room - 2 months
  • Family Hospital Service - 3 months
  • Obstetrics - 2 months
  • New Born Nursery - 1 month
  • Pediatric Inpatient - 1 month
  • Pediatric Outpatient - 1 month
  • General Surgery - 1 month


  • Dermatology - ½ month
  • Electives - ½ month to 1 month
  • Geriatrics - ½ month
  • Gynecology - 1 month
  • Hematology/Oncology & Rheumatology (longitudinal) - 1 month
  • Family Hospital Service - 3 months
  • Intensive Care Unit - 1 month
  • Orthopedics - 1 month
  • Psychiatry - 1 month
  • Sports Medicine - 1 month
  • Urgent Care - ½ month
  • Volunteers in Medicine - ½ month to 1 month (longitudinal)


  • Allergy/Immunology & Neurology - (longitudinal) - 1 month
  • Ear, Nose and Throat - ½ month
  • Electives - 2 months to 2½ months
  • Endocrinology - ½ month
  • Family Medicine Inpatient - 3 months
  • Ophthalmology - ½ month
  • Pediatric ER - 1 month
  • Pediatrics (Sr.) - 1 month
  • Practice Management - ½ month
  • Nephrology - ½ month
  • Volunteers in Medicine - 1 month
  • Geriatrics - ½ month (longitudinal)

Program Leadership

Program Leadership

Kate Martin, M.D., MPH, MBA

Kate Martin
Mail Code: MS 7220
Phone: 702-895-2627
Fax: 702-895-1767

Elissa Palmer, M.D.

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Phone: 702-992-6877

Chief Residents

Sara Estrin, M.D.

Sara Estrin

Rajiv Ganesan, M.D.

Rajiv Ganesan

Kathy Lao, D.O.

Kathy Lao

Rodney Sholty, M.D.

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Christopher Vlasek, D.O.

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Resident Life


  • David Kuykendall, MD, faculty physician, Department of Family & Community Medicine, UNLV School of Medicine
  • Kevin Mailland, DO, faculty physician, Department of Family & Community Medicine, UNLV School of Medicine
  • Katrina Mercado, MD, outpatient practice with the Dignity Health Group, Las Vegas
  • Deepa Kordick, MD, outpatient practice with the Dignity Health Group, Las Vegas
  • Jillian Scott, MD, outpatient practice with the Dignity Health Group, Las Vegas
  • John Cox, DO, outpatient practice at the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System

How To Apply

Only applications submitted through ERAS will be reviewed and a complete application is required to be considered for an interview (see below). Interviews are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning in late September. Due to the high volume of applications received each year, applicants will only be notified if they are offered an interview or placed on a waiting list for an interview.

Minimum Application Requirements

  • 1 Letter of Recommendation from a family physician; 2 Letters of Recommendation from completed rotations - one must be internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, surgery or psychiatry
  • Dean's Letter
  • Medical School Transcript
  • USMLE or COMLEX Transcript - must have taken Steps 1 and 2, preference given to those with passing scores on record for both
  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae (ERAS CV) with explanation of any gaps in timeline
  • US Citizen, Permanent Resident status or possession of appropriate Visa (J-1 Visas are acceptable; H-1B Visas are not acceptable)