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Family Medicine Residency Program Curriculum & Program Details

Our program prepares family physicians both to possess the training and expertise to provide definitive care for the vast majority of patients they will see in their practice and to adapt to the leadership roles that will be part of their future practice in the community.

Review the following curriculum information below.

Rotations: First Year

Most rotations in the first year occur at SCH. You will see your own patients 1-2 half days per week at the CentraCare Family Health Center. Rotations are based on 13 four-week cycles. Orientation typically begins mid-June.

Inpatient Family Medicine 14 weeks
Pediatrics 8 weeks
Maternity Care 6 weeks
Night Float 6 weeks
Adult Medicine 4 weeks
Critical Care 4 weeks
Emergency Medicine 4 weeks
Surgery 4 weeks
Electives 2 weeks
Continuity Clinic 1-2 half-days per week

Rotations: Second Year

During the second and third years of residency, you will work with subspecialists in St. Cloud and gain experience in rural settings.

You will see patients 2-4 half days per week at the CentraCare Family Health Center.

Inpatient Family Medicine 6 weeks
Pediatrics 6 weeks
Cardiology 4 weeks
Night Float 4 weeks
Pediatric Subspecialty 4 weeks
Rural Family Medicine* 4 weeks
Dermatology 2 weeks
Endocrinology 2 weeks
Gastroenterology 2 weeks
Geriatrics 2 weeks
Maternity Care 2 weeks
Orthopedics/Sports Medicine 2 weeks
Psychiatry 2 weeks
Women's Health 2 weeks
Chemical Dependency (Hazelden) 1 week
Research 1 week
Electives 6 weeks
Continuity Clinic 2-4 half-days per week

*Second and third year residents spend one month in a rural family medicine practice, spending time in the clinic, hospital, and emergency room. This rotation provides an in-depth exposure to rural practice. There are many sites within commuting distance from St. Cloud but some residents choose to do this rotation even farther away, sometimes to check out a potential future practice site.

Rotations: Third Year

You will see patients 3-5 half days per week at the CentraCare Family Health Center.

Inpatient Family Medicine 5 weeks
Outpatient Family Medicine 4 weeks
Emergency Medicine 4 weeks
Orthopedics/Sports Medicine 4 weeks
Rural Family Medicine* 4 weeks
Night Float 3 weeks
Allergy/Immunology 2 weeks
Infectious Disease 2 weeks
Maternity Care 2 weeks
Ophthalmology 2 weeks
Otolaryngology 2 weeks
Rheumatology 2 weeks
Urology 2 weeks
Women's Health 2 weeks
Electives 12 weeks
Continuity Clinic 3-5 half-days per week

*Second and third year residents spend one month in a rural family medicine practice, spending time in the clinic, hospital, and emergency room. This rotation provides an in-depth exposure to rural practice. There are many sites within commuting distance from St. Cloud but some residents choose to do this rotation even farther away, sometimes to check out a potential future practice site.

Longitudinal Experiences

Our longitudinal experiences include the following:

  • Daily noon conferences
  • Continuity of patient care
  • Curriculum includes:
    • Community Medicine
    • Diagnostic Imaging
    • Ethics
    • Geriatrics
    • Human Behavior and Psychiatry
    • Practice Management

Procedural Skills and Certifications

Procedures

You will have the opportunity to learn:

  • Arthrocentesis
  • Casting and Splinting
  • Circumcision
  • Colposcopy
  • Cryotherapy
  • Endometrial Biopsy
  • Exercise Stress Testing
  • Fetal Monitoring
  • Incision and Drainage of Abscesses
  • Lumbar Puncture
  • Office Obstetrical Ultrasound & Point of Care Ultrasound
  • SIM Lab
  • Skin Biopsy/Lesion Excision
  • Surgical Assisting
  • Suturing/Laceration Repair
  • Vaginal Delivery, both assisted and spontaneous 

Certifications

Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification is required prior to entering residency. Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification will be done during residency. Certification in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) is also available, if desired.

On-Call Schedule

Night Float Rotation
    • Provides overnight coverage of our hospital service Sunday through Thursday night
    • PGY-1 residents – 6 weeks of night float throughout the year
    • PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents – 3 to 4 weeks of night float throughout the year

Weekends

Friday nights

PGY-2s and PGY-3s – every 10th Friday night on average

Saturdays

PGY-1s – a 12-hour shift about 20 times a year

PGY-2s and PGY-3s – a 24-hour shift supervising a PGY-1 about 2 times a year

Sundays

PGY-1s – a 12-hour shift about 10 times a year

PGY-2s and PGY-3s – a 12-hour shift supervising a PGY-1 about 2 times a year

Home Call

Weeknights

PGY-2s and PGY-3s – every 7th to 8th weeknight on average

Weekends

PGY-2s and PGY-3s – every 7th to 8th weekend on average

Moonlighting

Moonlighting is permitted for fully licensed residents, provided it does not interfere with your education or resident duty hour regulations.

Contact Us:

For more information, please contact:

Laurie Schmidt
Program Coordinator
Phone: 320-240-3112
Fax: 320-240-3165 
fmresidency@centracare.com

Mailing Address:

University of Minnesota/St. Cloud Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program
1555 Northway Drive
Suite 200
St. Cloud, MN 56303-1867