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Graduate medical education in family medicine at Mayo Clinic

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The three-year Family Medicine Residency in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, is the perfect place to learn and practice full-spectrum family medicine. Here, you will deliver care in state-of-the-art Mayo Clinic facilities and quench your passion to become a physician leader.

Our talented and energetic faculty members work to prepare the next generation of family physicians to improve care, improve health, and improve life in our community and around the world.

As a trainee, you will:

  • Develop comprehensive skills in both outpatient and inpatient medicine
  • Master procedural skills, including maternity care
  • Practice team-based care and population health management
  • Customize your educational experience with 32 weeks of electives
  • Experience both rural and urban rotation opportunities in the NW Wisconsin region
  • Grow your leadership skills
  • Learn to effectively integrate your career and your personal life

Our focus is on you and your goals. We support you as you become an outstanding family physician who practices and leads high-quality, patient-centered, team-based care.


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Video overview: Family Medicine Residency in Eau Claire, Wisconsin


Video overview: Family Medicine Residency in Eau Claire, Wisconsin

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Your training experience

As a resident at Mayo Clinic in Eau Claire, you'll have access to robust clinical and educational resources. You'll find support both inside and outside of the campus to promote physical and mental wellness and ensure your work/life balance.

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Frequently asked questions (and answers)

Are you doing in person or virtual residency interviews this year?

We have deliberately chosen to continue with VIRTUAL ONLY interviews in the 2023-2024 interview season. We want to match exceptional applicants, and we don’t want financial or time barriers to prevent you from considering us. Finding the right fit for you is important to us, and we are confident that our virtual interview process will give you a sense of who we are and how you can succeed here.

Do you offer second look visits?

If after your interview you want to come check us out in person to help make your decisions, we do offer no-stakes campus visits. We host these visits for ranked applicants only. The visits take place after our rank list is submitted to ensure that an applicant’s decision to attend or not cannot affect our rank decisions.

What kind of procedures do you learn?

We provide fantastic training in workshops and on models, and you'll perform procedures — such as dermatologic procedures, joint and soft tissue injections, point of care ultrasound, casting and splinting, colposcopies, IUD and Nexplanon insertions, vaginal deliveries, vasectomy, cesarean section, toenail removals, and many others — for your own clinic patients. If you want to develop proficiency in a procedure we don’t currently offer in the residency clinic, we will work with you to find opportunities either on-site or through elective rotations.

How does obstetrics fit into your curriculum?

We provide an immersive labor and delivery experience in the first year of the program, where you learn fantastic labor management and delivery skills from family physicians, OB/GYNs, and midwives.

Then, in your second and third years, you provide care for pregnant women on a continuity basis so that you are both their primary care provider and their primary maternity care provider.

What is the call schedule like?

We utilize a “night-float” system for PGY-2 and PGY-3 (senior) residents on our hospital admitting and labor service. The night resident completes overnight shifts without work responsibilities the days following these shifts. Each senior resident spends approximately five weeks a year on nights for one week at a time. As a result, the only 24-hour on-call assignments for senior residents occur on Sundays approximately five times each year (which equates to about 1 out of every 73 nights). Senior residents are also called in to manage active labor for their continuity maternity patients. The goal of this system is to provide robust hospital learning opportunities while also maintaining a focus on resident well-being by minimizing the number of 24-hour shifts.

As a first-year resident, you have a few (approximately 16 the whole year) overnight call experiences when on key specialty rotations, which equates to about 1 out of every 23 nights.

Can the residency help my significant other find employment?

Yes. With Mayo Clinic Health System being such an integral part of the community, we have extensive connections in a variety of areas (not just medicine) in and around Eau Claire, and we would be happy to help your significant other find a niche in the region.

Do residents have a voice in decision-making?

Absolutely! We actively seek input from residents all the time through monthly resident and faculty meetings, meetings between residents and their advisers, regular meetings between residents and the program director, and the annual program evaluation. We cannot run a great program without meeting your needs and hearing your voice clearly and often.

Do you offer clinical rotations for medical students?

Yes! We love working with medical students. We offer rotations with our inpatient family medicine teaching service and the family medicine residency clinic. There are several options to request a rotation with us here in the Family Medicine Residency at Mayo Clinic in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Please note that we only accept applications from current/active medical students.

  1. Current domestic medical students can apply for 4th year clerkship rotations directly via the AAMC Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) portal. Check out the Mayo Clinic's Visiting Medical Student Clerkship website for admissions and application information, including information on Diversity Scholarships.
  2. Current medical students in any year of their formal education can also request a rotation with us through this Clinical Experience Request Form. We encourage you to reach out via this form to request a rotation only if you do not qualify for the VLSO clerkship as outlined above. While filling out this online form, under "PREFERRED MAYO CLINIC HEALTH SYSTEM LOCATION", mark "Northwest Wisconsin", then "Eau Claire", then "Family Medicine Residency".


The Family Medicine Residency is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, with osteopathic recognition.


When you successfully complete the residency, you will be eligible to take the family medicine board exam offered by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Program history

Mayo Clinic's Family Medicine Residency in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, was accredited in 2016. Our first class of residents started in 2017. The training is founded on an apprenticeship model of learning where residents are often working one-on-one with talented faculty and preceptors.

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