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Welcome to the University of Minnesota/St. Cloud Hospital Family Medicine Residency 

Welcome from Dr.  Blonski

When I first arrived in St. Cloud in late 1995, our original class of residents was still six months from starting. Our four faculty physicians and one psychologist were putting the finishing touches on the curriculum. St. Cloud Hospital averaged a daily census of around 185 patients, and there were around 200 physicians practicing on the active medical staff.

Dr. Joseph Blonski

Twenty years later I often reflect on what has transpired. Certainly the hospital and clinic have grown. There is physical growth with the relatively recent completion of a $225 million hospital expansion and our move to a newly remodeled clinic over the past few years. There is patient and physician growth with a daily hospital census of over 300 patients and a medical staff of over 450 physicians. We now have 7 faculty physicians. Our residency has grown from 4-4-4 to 5-5-5.

Our faculty provide outstanding breadth including both experienced educators and clinicians. Five or our faculty physicians have greater than 100 combined years of practice experience in a rural setting. "Proven" and "experienced" doesn't mean that we are content with the status quo. Strong programs always show continued growth. We have recently implemented an advanced maternity care track along with increased opportunities on the family birthing center, which have resulted in an outstanding maternity care experience for our residents. There is clinical growth as we have become a certified patient medical home and are working toward a new model of integrating behavioral health services into our clinic. We have great diversity in our patient population and a mission to serve those who are under-served in our community.

Our purpose as a residency ("Perpetuating Family Medicine: inspiring learners to be leaders in caring for patients and families throughout the journey of life.") and our core values (accountability, integrity, diversity, shared learning, and seeing the humanity in all) serve as guiding principles for how we carry out our daily work.

As we head into the 2015-2016 academic year, our residency will have graduated 68 well-trained family physicians. Our residents have come from 19 different countries to receive their education in St. Cloud. Many of our current residents have significant ties to Minnesota. Eighty-four percent of our graduates stay in the Midwest; 74 percent in Minnesota; 41 percent practice in towns of less than 20,000; 28 percent remain in the St. Cloud area; and 53 percent practice obstetrics upon graduation. They are successful in attaining board certification- greater than 95 percent first-attempt pass rate. Our faculty bring a wealth of knowledge and practical experience from their “former lives.” However, what I appreciate most about the faculty is that their passion for teaching is unparalleled. Training the future of family medicine is what has brought us together.

St. Cloud is a great place to train, practice, and live. If you want outstanding learning opportunities and enjoy diversity in the patients you see and in the partners you practice with, we invite you to apply here for residency. Enjoy your visit to the web site. If you are ever in St. Cloud, feel free to stop in and visit, as we would love to show you around.

Joe Blonski, MD
Program Director


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