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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer a Family Medicine Clerkship/Observership?

2- to 6-week medical student clerkships are available for 3rd and 4th year medical students. However, observerships are not available at this time.

Process for medical student Family Medicine clerkship:

  • Download the Medical Student Application form (PDF) and return the completed application via email to fmresidency@centracare.com.
  • You will be contacted once your application has been reviewed.
  • Further application materials may be requested if your application is approved.
  • Please include ALL medical school transcripts with your application. Unofficial copies are acceptable. An explanation of multiple medical school attendance is required.

Do you invite international medical graduates to interview?

Yes. All applications meeting our minimum criteria are reviewed.

What services does St. Cloud Hospital offer?

What are you looking for in an applicant?

Our mission is to train excellent family physicians with the skills needed for a rural practice. As such we look for applicants with a strong desire and interest in becoming an excellent Family Physician.

Are there any other residency programs in the hospital?

No. We are an unopposed program.

How big is the residency/how many residents are accepted per year?

We are currently a 5-5-5 residency.

Do you participate in the couple's match?

Yes, we participate in the couple's match. We believe that it is important for residents to have active lives outside of the work setting. Our night float and call system allow for that to occur, even for residents that need to be off work at the same time. Residency is an excellent place to learn how to appropriately balance work-life demands with outstanding mentors and role models.

How big and sophisticated is the hospital?

St. Cloud Hospital runs an average daily census of about 314. Very few cases are referred out. The hospital does not do transplants or have a burn unit. There is an ICU (medical and surgical), a CCU, and a Peds ICU. The NICU functions as a Level 2-3. The Emergency Trauma Center is a Level 2.

How much OB do you do?

St. Cloud Hospital does about 2,900 deliveries a year. Our residents average around 30 deliveries in their first year, with some of them close to 60. Residents desiring to practice maternity care upon graduation from residency are required to have a minimum of 80 vaginal deliveries by the end of their residency. However, those residents will typically have more than 120 deliveries over the course of residency. Our residents gain valuable experience in OB triage, antenatal complications, and management of both routine and complicated labor and delivery. Most residents will provide prenatal care for and deliver around ten pregnant women from their clinic panel. When on call, you will also be involved with faculty deliveries and deliveries for peers when they are not available.

What about call?

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

How much time is spent in an ICU/CCU? Are the attendings in the ICU/CCU?

We have a one-month critical care rotation, run by an intensivist. Our residents care for our practice's patients in critical care, as all of the attendings have privileges in the units.

What procedures do your residents do enough of to get privileges afterwards?

Colposcopy, vasectomy, vacuum D&C, exercise stress testing, limited office OB ultrasound, vaginal delivery, vacuum delivery, circumcision, and common skin procedures.

How many admissions do your interns average on a call night while in medicine?

The residents tend to average 2-3 admissions per night float shift.

How big is St. Cloud?

St. Cloud's population is about 67,000 and the metro area about 189,000.

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