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A Mayo Clinic family medicine resident learning

Clinical training

The Family Medicine Residency has a robust set of clinical experiences specifically designed to prepare outstanding family physicians to practice and lead high-quality, patient-centered, team-based, full-spectrum care.

With every experience in both practice and teaching, we aim to:

  • Improve each patient's care experience
  • Improve the health of the population through quality care
  • Reduce the cost of care we provide
  • Improve life at work for those providing care
  • Prepare the next generation of health care professionals

Our program has three core teaching principles: guidance, growth, and trust. Whether the teaching takes place in the state-of-the-art Family Medicine Clinic or our 204-bed regional hospital, faculty members guide residents in the art and science of medicine, equip and challenge them to grow, and trust them to continually strive to improve care, health, and life.

You get opportunities to practice and master the full scope of family medicine practice during your time here, including:

  • Point of care ultrasound
  • Contraception management, including IUD and Nexplanon
  • Addiction medicine including Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT)
  • Gender affirming care
  • Dermatologic procedures, I&D
  • Joint and soft tissue injections
  • Vasectomy
  • Prenatal care, labor and delivery, postpartum maternal and newborn care
  • Mental health care
  • JEDI (justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion)
  • advocacy, leadership, and professional development
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Rotation schedule

These are typical training schedules in the Family Medicine Residency:


Rotation Length
Family Medicine Experience and Orientation 4 weeks
Family Medicine Teaching Service 8 weeks
Family Medicine Clinic 2 weeks
Hospitalist Medicine 6 weeks
Health System Management 2 weeks
Critical Care Unit 2 weeks
Maternity Care 8 weeks
Pediatric Hospital Medicine & Nursery 2 weeks
Emergency Medicine 4 weeks
Emergency Medicine — Peds 4 weeks
Pediatric Outpatient Clinic 4 weeks
Family Medicine Clinic Continuity Sessions Average of 1.5 half-day sessions a week throughout the year
Elective Time 3 weeks
Musculoskeletal Medicine 2 weeks


Rotation Length
Community Health 4 weeks
Evidence-Based Medicine and Information Mastery 2 weeks
Family Medicine Teaching Service 10 weeks
Family Medicine Clinic 2 weeks
Geriatrics 2 weeks
Hospice and Palliative Care 2 weeks
Women's Health 4 weeks
General Surgery 2 weeks
Subspecialty Selective 4 weeks
Cardiology 2 weeks
Musculoskeletal Medicine (Orthopedics and Sports) 2 weeks
Inpatient Pediatrics 4 weeks
Elective Time 6 weeks
Family Medicine Clinic Continuity Sessions Average of 2.5 half-day sessions a week throughout the year
Continuity Maternity Care Ongoing longitudinal experience through PGY-2 and PGY-3


Rotation Length
Elective Time 20 weeks
Family Medicine Teaching Service 10 weeks
Health System Management 2 weeks
Family Medicine Clinic 4 weeks
Emergency Medicine 4 weeks
Pediatric Outpatient Clinic 4 weeks
Radiology 2 weeks
Behavioral Health 2 weeks
Dermatology 2 weeks
Family Medicine Clinic Continuity Sessions Average of 3.5 half-day sessions a week throughout the year
Continuity Maternity Care Ongoing longitudinal experience through PGY-2 and PGY-3

Osteopathic Recognition Program

The Mayo Clinic Family Medicine Residency in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, has obtained Osteopathic Recognition through the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Interested and qualified residents who participate in the Osteopathic Recognition (OR) program receive more thorough and continuous training in Osteopathic Principles and Practice (OPP), including Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT), beyond the basic concepts of osteopathic philosophy, assessments, and manipulative techniques that are taught to all residents in the Family Medicine Residency.


  • Weekly OMT procedure clinics
  • Monthly OPP noon conferences, OPP book club, and a one-hour peer treatment program (Osteopathic Wellness Program)
  • OMT workshops led by faculty twice a year
  • Osteopathic grand rounds and journal club led by residents twice a year
  • Ample clinic space and treatment tables for OMT procedures
  • Two-week osteopathic selective that incorporates pediatrics and hospital-based OMT consults
  • Integration of OPP into the residency clinical and hospital experiences
  • Yearly competency skills and knowledge assessments
  • Resident memberships to the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP), and the Wisconsin Association of Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons (WAOPS)
  • Opportunities to practice OMT at Mayo Clinic Health System satellite campuses


All residents (D.O., M.D., and international graduates) who match with our program and meet basic qualifications can apply to the OR program.

The OR program utilizes a two-step selection process for MD and international graduates. First-year residents are selected as "Candidates for OR" while they complete full eligibility criteria, with advancement to "Designated Osteopathic Resident" status during the second and third year of residency.

Email the program coordinator for more information on eligibility criteria.


Upon successful completion of the OR Program, residents are American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians (AOBFP) board eligible, and can apply for fellowship programs that require Osteopathic Recognition.


  • Anthony Furlano, D.O., Director of Osteopathic Education
  • Megan Bayrd, D.O., Core Osteopathic Faculty
  • Christopher Martinez, D.O., Core Osteopathic Faculty
  • Hannah Schaefer, M.D., Osteopathic Faculty


Your elective options are nearly unlimited. Each rotation lasts from two to four weeks, depending on the elective. You may also choose to take an elective rotation at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Minnesota, Arizona, or Florida. Mayo covers the costs of your travel, housing, auto rental, and licensure.

Elective options

  • Allergy and immunology
  • Cardiology
  • Critical care
  • Emergency medicine
  • Gastroenterology
  • Global health
  • Hematology
  • Hospitalist medicine
  • Human behavior and mental health
  • Independent study
  • Infectious disease
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Nutrition and weight management
  • Obstetrics
  • Ophthalmology
  • Osteopathic Selective
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pain management
  • Palliative care
  • Parenting
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • Podiatry
  • Pulmonary
  • Research
  • Rheumatology
  • Rural medicine
  • Sports medicine
  • Surgery
  • Urgent care
  • Urology
  • Wound care
A Mayo Clinic family medicine resident learning

Call frequency

We designed our curriculum to optimize work and personal life integration while providing you with rich learning experiences. We are intentional about creating highly valuable on-call experiences that mimic models of what you might see in practice when you graduate.

First-year residents have a few valuable overnight call experiences to optimize their learning while on labor and delivery, in the emergency department, and with the hospitalists. These are designed as learning experiences for you, and they are not in place because you are needed to "cover" a particular service.

As you advance in the program, your call responsibility grows along with your skills and confidence. For nighttime hospital coverage, we utilize a night-float system. Second- and third-year residents take turns covering the nighttime hospital admitting and labor service on average five weeks each per year. Residents have minimal daytime responsibilities during those weeks


Moonlighting is permitted for licensed residents beyond the PGY-1 level. Moonlighting opportunities should not interfere with required learning and must not violate Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education duty-hour rules.


Case-based learning, seminars, small group discussions, journal clubs, board review, and skills workshops are integral parts of the Family Medicine Residency.

Our educational sessions are designed to facilitate the growth of your medical knowledge and practice skills throughout all three years of your training. We regularly rotate the types and styles of learning sessions throughout the week to provide a broader experience.

One afternoon each month, we also offer ongoing behavioral health curriculum and hands-on skill development during "Wednesday Workshops." During this time, residents participate in a Balint group and review behavioral health topics that enhance their clinical practice. You learn and practice counseling and procedural skills, and explore medical humanities and popular culture medicine connections with our Pop-Med curriculum.

Practice board examinations

Each fall, residents take the American Board of Family Medicine's In-Training Examination. Scores for this exam can be predictive of your success on your official family medicine boards, so we use this practice exam to help guide your individualized learning goals.

Scholarly activities

Family medicine is on the front lines of delivering care to meet the daily needs of patients. We prepare you to be an innovator in health care delivery through extensive training in:

  • Process and quality improvement
  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Information mastery
  • Leadership and professional development

We also offer opportunities to explore your own research interests and have at our fingertips a wealth of Mayo Clinic support and expertise to assist with your research interests.

Advisers and mentors

We match you with a family medicine faculty adviser to help you navigate residency training while keeping your goals in mind. You meet regularly with your adviser throughout all three years of training to ensure you are getting the experiences and mentoring you need to be successful. These mentors are also a great resource to help connect you to the Eau Claire community.