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Family Medicine Residency Purpose Statement & Strategic Imperatives

We believe it is important to know why we exist, how we can live it and how to achieve our purpose. Who we are as a residency program can be found in our purpose statement, core values and our strategic imperatives. Our purpose statement exemplifies why we believe we exist. Our core values are how we live it and our strategic imperatives are ways to fulfill our purpose. We use these as a road map to focus and guide our efforts on an ongoing basis.

Purpose Statement

Perpetuating Family Medicine; inspiring learners to be leaders in caring for patients and families throughout the journey of life.

Core Values

  1. Integrity guides our actions. We are transparent with our thoughts and ideas leading to open, honest discussion.
  2. We accept accountability for our actions whether they lead to successful outcomes or to significant shortcomings.
  3. Diversity in who we are and how we think allows us to explore ideas and strategies not otherwise considered.
  4. We cultivate an environment of shared learning; we are teachers and learners at the same time.
  5. We see humanity in all as we seek to truly know more about those we cross paths with each day.

Strategic Imperatives

Strategic Imperative I: Creating family physicians

At the center of our residency is tomorrow’s family physician. As we look to the future, we envision graduates that are prepared with the knowledge and experience to carry the torch of family medicine onward in the 21st century. We will attract quality learners with a heart for family medicine, develop innovative curriculum and provide the passionate teachers and role models that our residents require.

  1. Our curriculum will prepare residents well for their future practices and for passing the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Certifying Exam.
  2. We will attract and retain a faculty diverse in experience, age, gender and interest, all with a passion for teaching. Our average faculty longevity at the residency program will be greater than five years.
  3. Admission to our residency program will be attractive to quality candidates with a high likelihood of eventual practice in Minnesota. Over sixty percent of candidates that we interview should have been born, raised, currently living in or attended college or medical school in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota or South Dakota. Seventy-five percent of our graduates will choose to remain in Minnesota upon graduation from residency.

Strategic Imperative II: Caring for patients and families

As family physicians we are on the front lines of patient care. We will adapt our systems and processes to provide value to the patient, their family and society as a whole. Residents will be integrally involved in designing, implementing and managing our practice.

  1. We will identify and subsequently demonstrate improvement in at least one key quality indicator that brings value to our patients and to our healthcare system on an annual basis.
  2. We will identify and demonstrate improvement on at least one key safety initiative annually.

Strategic Imperative III: Advocating for rural medicine

Healthcare in rural America is in crisis. Family physicians account for the majority of providers in rural communities today. Decreasing trends of medical student interest in family medicine and other primary care specialties has worsened this crisis. We will promote interest in rural health through our curriculum and our resident selection process.

  1. We will actively seek to identify residency candidates with an interest in rural practice and prioritize them in our selection process.
  2. Currently, rural practices are having difficulty attracting and retaining physicians. With the collaboration of rural physicians, our residency has developed a required rural health curriculum in a variety of settings. Residents will experience the practice of medicine in communities with populations of less than 30,000 that admit patients to a hospital of less than 100 beds. Over fifty percent of our graduates will choose to practice in communities of less than 30,000.
  3. Through dialogue with rural physicians, practice and hospital administrators, rural patients and rural politicians, we will identify opportunities for collaboration with rural physicians and practices. 



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