Family Medicine resident works with an infant patient at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, Minnesota.

Graduate medical education in family medicine at Mayo Clinic

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As a resident in the three-year Family Medicine Residency at Mayo Clinic Health System — Mankato in Mankato, Minnesota, you will be taught by nationally recognized experts who are passionate and dedicated teachers. Training is broad-based and includes procedures for comprehensive care.

Program highlights include:

  • Individualized education plan to enhance resident elective rotation schedule and community experiences
  • Strong focus on community health and community engagement
  • Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) curriculum over all three years of training
  • Sports and musculoskeletal medicine emphasis with integration of allopathic and osteopathic techniques and imaging
  • Daily didactics, monthly procedure workshops
  • Scholarship incorporated into daily activities
  • Longitudinal training in behavioral and community health
  • Education and training on addiction medicine - all residents complete the 8-hour Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) of Substance Use Disorders training during their first year
Program overview video


Program overview video

Family Medicine resident works with a faculty member at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, Minnesota.

Your training experience

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

Erin Westfall, D.O. Program Director

Director's welcome

Our curriculum prepares you to take care of patients of all ages and throughout all stages of their lives, not only as their personal physician, but also as a leader, scientist, and advocate for a healthy community.

Frequently asked questions (and answers)

How does obstetrics fit into the curriculum?

As a Family Medicine resident, you will have four separate rotations regarding obstetric care throughout your residency training. Learn more about our obstetrics rotations.

What is the call schedule like?

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.

During your first year, night call occurs on two rotations. During the second and third years of the residency, you'll have call from home every tenth night and every tenth weekend. Learn more about our call schedule.

What opportunities are there for leadership within the residency program?

Formal elected positions include:

  • Chief Resident
  • Safety/QI Lead
  • Education/Community Health Lead
  • Osteopathic Lead
  • Well-being Lead

In addition to the elected positions listed above, residents have other opportunities to serve in both formal and informal leadership roles and partner with others to create new initiatives. Examples of past and current resident leadership and advocacy engagement include:

  • Serving on the St. Peter Free Clinic Board of Directors
  • Working with faculty to develop an addiction medicine curriculum to train fellow residents
  • Spearheading the creation of a community garden to address food insecurity
  • Serving as a board member for a national organization
  • Creating a free clinic at the homeless shelter both initiated and ran by residents
  • Developing a curriculum to educate young learners at the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota
  • Designing an individualized leadership elective rotation (upon approval and with faculty support)

Accreditation and certification

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

After successfully completing this residency, you are eligible to take the Family Medicine Certification Examination offered by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Program history

Our Family Medicine Residency began in Waseca, Minnesota, in 1994. Resident training began at Mayo Clinic Health System — Mankato Hospital in 1995. In the summer of 2005, the residency relocated to Mayo Clinic Health System — Eastridge Clinic in Mankato, Minnesota. July 1, 2022, marks the beginning of a new chapter for the Family Medicine Residency, as the institutional sponsorship transitions from the University of Minnesota to Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education.

Five new residents join the Family Medicine Residency each year for a total of 15 current residents.

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