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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer a Family Medicine Clerkship/Observership?

The University of Minnesota/St. Cloud Hospital Family Medicine Residency offers a 2-6 week medical student clerkship designed for 3rd and 4th year medical students. However, we do not offer observerships at this time.

Process for medical student Family Medicine clerkship:

  • Download the Medical Student Application form and return the completed application via email at
  • You will be contacted as soon as possible once your application has been reviewed.
  • Further application materials will be requested if the clerkship is scheduled.
  • Don't forget to include ALL medical school transcripts. Unofficial is 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?

St. Cloud Hospital offers a full array of services. Learn more about St. Cloud Hospital Services.

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:

  • Strong desire and interest in becoming an excellent Family Physician.
  • Solid medical school or osteopathic school training.
  • Good social and communication skills and professionalism.

In addition, we look for all interested applicants who have a desire to serve the underserved, which is part of the mission of our Family Medicine Center.

Are there any other residency programs in the hospital?

No. There are no other residencies in town, let alone in the hospital.

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 of 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 265, not counting the nursery. We refer out very few cases. We don't do transplants or have a burn unit. We have an ICU (medical and surgical), a CCU and a Peds ICU. Our NICU functions as a Level 2-3. Our Emergency Trauma Center is a Level 2.

How much OB do you do?

St. Cloud Hospital does about 2,700 deliveries a year. Our PGY-1 residents average around 70 deliveries in their first year, with some of them close to 100. 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?

We have a night float system to cover Sunday night through Thursday night in the hospital. Night float is a 2 week rotation and all residents do 2 or 3 night float rotations during the year. Residents not on the night float rotation provide hospital coverage Friday through Sunday. Upper level residents cover Friday nights and PGY-1’s cover 12 hour shifts from Saturday morning to Sunday evening. Each upper level resident covers 5 or 6 Fridays and each PGY-1 covers 20 to 21 weekends during the year. On weekends during the first part of the year, the upper level residents provide supervision of the PGY-1’s in the hospital. Each upper level resident does this on 2 Saturdays and 2 Sundays. For the rest of the year, the upper level residents are on call from home to provide assistance as needed. Each upper level resident does this on 7 or 8 weeknights, 3 Saturdays and 3 Sundays during the year. Rural rotation call varies depending on location and goals of the rotation. Holiday call will be equitably distributed amongst all residents. Residents duty hour regulations are strictly monitored and enforced.

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 2-4 admissions per night float shift.

How big is St. Cloud?

St. Cloud's population is about 60,000 and the metro area about 111,000.

For more information, please contact:

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

For application inquiries, contact us:
Phone: 320-240-3112
Fax: 320-240-3165


For more information, please contact:

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

Phone: 320-240-3112
Fax: 320-240-3165