Curriculum & Program Details

Our program prepares family physicians both to possess the training and expertise to provide definitive care for the vast majority of patients they will see in their practice and to adapt to the leadership roles that will be part of their future practice in the community.

Review the following curriculum information below.

Rotations: First Year

Most rotations in the first year occur at SCH. You will see your own patients 1-2 half days per week at the CentraCare Family Health Center. Rotations are based on 13 four-week cycles. Orientation typically begins mid-June.
  • Inpatient Family Medicine
  • 12 weeks
  • Pediatrics
  • 8 weeks
  • Night Float
  • 6 weeks
  • Surgery
  • 6 weeks
  • Maternity Care
  • 5 weeks
  • Critical Care
  • 4 weeks
  • Emergency Medicine
  • 4 weeks
  • Adult Medicine
  • 2 weeks
  • Orthopedics/Sports Medicine
  • 2 weeks
  • Radiology
  • 2 weeks
  • Community Medicine
  • 1 week
  • Continuity Clinic
  • 1-2 half-days per week

Rotations: Second Year

During the second and third years of residency, you will work with subspecialists in St. Cloud and gain experience in rural settings.

  • Pediatrics
  • 10 weeks
  • Inpatient Family Medicine
  • 6 weeks
  • Cardiology
  • 4 weeks
  • Night Float
  • 4 weeks
  • Orthopedics/Sports Medicine
  • 4 weeks
  • Rural Family Medicine*
  • 4 weeks
  • Dermatology
  • 2 weeks
  • Endocrinology
  • 2 weeks
  • Geriatrics
  • 2 weeks
  • Maternity Care
  • 2 weeks
  • Pediatrics — Emergency Care
  • 2 weeks
  • Psychiatry
  • 2 weeks
  • Women's Health
  • 2 weeks
  • Chemical Dependency (Hazelden)
  • 1 week
  • Research
  • 1 week
  • Electives
  • 4 weeks
  • Continuity Clinic
  • 2-4 half-days per week
  • Option 1
  • Option 2

You will see patients 2-4 half days per week at the CentraCare Family Health Center.

*Second and third year residents spend one month in a rural family medicine practice, spending time in the clinic, hospital, and emergency room. This rotation provides an in-depth exposure to rural practice. There are many sites within commuting distance from St. Cloud but some residents choose to do this rotation even farther away, sometimes to check out a potential future practice site.


Rotations: Third Year

  • Inpatient Family Medicine
  • 5 weeks
  • Outpatient Family Medicine
  • 4 weeks
  • Emergency Medicine
  • 4 weeks
  • Rural Family Medicine*
  • 4 weeks
  • Night Float
  • 3 weeks
  • Allergy/Immunology
  • 2 weeks
  • Dermatology
  • 2 weeks
  • Infectious Disease
  • 2 weeks
  • Maternity Care
  • 2 weeks
  • Nephrology
  • 2 weeks
  • Ophthalmology
  • 2 weeks
  • Orthopedics/Sports Medicine
  • 2 weeks
  • Otolaryngology
  • 2 weeks
  • Rheumatology
  • 2 weeks
  • Urgent Care
  • 2 weeks
  • Urology
  • 2 weeks
  • Women's Health
  • 2 weeks
  • Electives
  • 8 weeks
  • Continuity Clinic
  • 3-5 half-days per week

You will see patients 3-5 half days per week at the CentraCare Family Health Center.

*Second and third year residents spend one month in a rural family medicine practice, spending time in the clinic, hospital, and emergency room. This rotation provides an in-depth exposure to rural practice. There are many sites within commuting distance from St. Cloud but some residents choose to do this rotation even farther away, sometimes to check out a potential future practice site.


Longitudinal Experiences

Our longitudinal experiences include the following:

  • Daily noon conferences
  • Continuity of patient care
  • Curriculum includes:
    • Community Medicine
    • Diagnostic Imaging
    • Ethics
    • Geriatrics
    • Human Behavior and Psychiatry
    • Practice Management

Procedural Skills and Certifications

Procedures

You will have the opportunity to learn:

  • Arthrocentesis
  • Casting and Splinting
  • Circumcision
  • Colposcopy
  • Cryotherapy
  • Endometrial Biopsy
  • Exercise Stress Testing
  • Fetal Monitoring
  • Incision and Drainage of Abscesses
  • Lumbar Puncture
  • Office Obstetrical Ultrasound & Point of Care Ultrasound
  • SIM Lab
  • Skin Biopsy/Lesion Excision
  • Surgical Assisting
  • Suturing/Laceration Repair
  • Vaginal Delivery, both assisted and spontaneous

Certifications

Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification is required prior to entering residency. Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification will be done during residency. Certification in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) is also available, if desired.


On-Call Schedule

Night Float Rotation

  • Provides overnight coverage of our hospital service Sunday through Thursday night
  • PGY-1 residents – 6 weeks of night float throughout the year
  • PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents – 3 to 4 weeks of night float throughout the year

Weekends

Friday nights

  • PGY-2s and PGY-3s – every 10th Friday night on average

Saturdays

  • PGY-1s – a 24-hour shift about 10 times a year
  • PGY-2s and PGY-3s – a 24-hour shift supervising a PGY-1 about 2 times a year

Sundays

  • PGY-1s – a 12-hour shift about 10 times a year
  • PGY-2s and PGY-3s – a 12-hour shift supervising a PGY-1 about 2 times a year

Home Call

Weeknights

  • PGY-2s and PGY-3s – every 7th to 8th weeknight on average

Weekends

  • PGY-2s and PGY-3s – every 7th to 8th weekend on average

Moonlighting

Moonlighting is permitted for fully licensed residents, provided it does not interfere with your education or resident duty hour regulations.