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.
Eighteen years later I often reflect on what has transpired. Certainly the hospital and clinic have grown. There is physical growth with the recent completion of a $225 million hospital expansion and the completion of construction of our new clinic. There is patient and physician growth with a daily hospital census of over 300 patients and a medical staff of over 400 physicians. We now have 7 faculty physicians. Our residency has grown from 4-4-4 to 5-5-5.
We are no longer a “new” residency. The curriculum and experience that we provide our residents is well proven (three successive maximum accreditation cycles withour most recent in 2012 being a ten-year accreditation).
Our faculty provide outstanding breadth including both experienced educators and clinicians. Four of our faculty individually have greater than 20 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 to provide additional experience in maternity care to those residents looking to practice obstetrics after graduation. There is Osteopathic growth as we have successfully become dually accredited. There is clinical growth as we have become a certified patient medical home.
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 2013-2014 academic year, our residency will have graduated 58 well-trained family physicians. Our residents have come from 19 different countries to receive their education in St. Cloud. As can be seen they remain here to practice family medicine. Eighty-six percent of our graduates stay in the Midwest; 76 percent in Minnesota; 41 percent practice in towns of less than 20,000; 31 percent remain in the St. Cloud area; and 55 percent practice obstetrics upon graduation. They are successful in attaining board certification- all of our residents that have taken the ABFM Certifying Exam have passed. 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
ACGME Program Director