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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 to Renee Sauve via email at sauver@centracare.com
  • 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, but frankly, because of our small size we don't encourage it since it means that half your nights during your first year will be spent away from one another. It's also difficult to plan vacations.

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 2,400 deliveries a year; approximately 25% of these deliveries are done by community family physicians. When you are on each of your four-week Maternity Care rotations, you will probably have 15-20 vaginal deliveries. You will also be involved with about 10 C-sections. In addition, you are assigned one new prenatal patient per month in the CCFHC in your PGY-1 year and two new prenatal patients per month your PGY-2 year. Most residents will provide prenatal care for and deliver 10-20 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. Residents graduate from our program with a total of 80-120 deliveries.

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 Renee Sauve
Phone: 320-240-3182 or 1-800-575-2982
Fax: 320-240-3165
E-mail: sauver@centracare.com 

Inquiries

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
E-mail: schmidtl@centracare.com

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