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Curriculum

The Family Medicine Residency at Mayo Clinic Health System — Mankato strives to educate residents to be competent family medicine physicians who provide high quality, collaborative, patient- and family-centered care, who understand the unique health and equity needs of their community.

Throughout the curriculum, we aim to prepare you:

  • For transformational care by empowering you to innovate and develop your passions
  • To practice in a variety of clinical settings to excel in an evolving healthcare system
  • To approach patients with a holistic, whole-person approach to care

Our family medicine residency is the only residency program at Mayo Clinic Health System — Mankato and in the Southwest Minnesota region. This provides you opportunities to gain competence in family medicine procedures and individualize your education to incorporate areas of expertise in your future practice.

Rotation schedule

These are typical training schedules in the Family Medicine Residency:

PGY-1

Rotation Length
Family medicine inpatient 10 weeks
Critical care 4 weeks
Emergency medicine 4 weeks
General surgery 4 weeks
Obstetrics* 4 weeks
Orthopedics 4 weeks
Pediatrics inpatient 4 weeks
Pediatrics outpatient 4 weeks
Ophthalmology 2 weeks
Otolaryngology 2 weeks
Palliative medicine 2 weeks
Family medicine clinic 2 weeks
Radiology 2 weeks
Urology 2 weeks
Community health 2 weeks
Family medicine continuity 1-2 1/2 days per week during all rotations

PGY-2

RotationLength
Family medicine clinic 12 weeks
Elective 8 weeks
Family medicine inpatient 6 weeks
Emergency medicine 4 weeks
Family medicine rural 4 weeks
Pediatrics outpatient 4 weeks
Cardiology 3 weeks
Gynecology 2 weeks
Obstetrics* 2 weeks
Orthopedics 2 weeks
Pediatrics inpatient 2 weeks
Sports medicine 2 weeks
Chemical Dependency Treatment Center 1 week
Family medicine continuity 3-5 1/2 days per week during all rotations

PGY-3

Rotation Length
Family medicine clinic 19 weeks
Electives 18 weeks
Family medicine inpatient 5 weeks
Family medicine skin care 2 weeks
Pediatrics - emergency medicine 2 weeks
Obstetrics* 2 weeks
Occupational medicine 2 weeks
Physical medicine and rehabilitation 2 weeks
Family medicine continuity 3-5 1/2 days per week during all rotations

Longitudinal rotations

Rotation Program years
Behavioral health 1, 2, 3
Community medicine/population health 1, 2, 3
Ethics and cultural competence 1, 2, 3
Geriatrics 1, 2, 3, (Monthly nursing home visits and rounding)
Newborn nursery rounding service 1, 2, 3 
Obstetrics, continuity* 1, 2, 3 (And 3 OB home call)
Osteopathic manipulation treatments (OMT) specialty clinic 1, 2, 3 (Approximately 4-6 1/2 day clinics for D.O. residents and osteopathic education M.D. residents)
Practice management 1, 2, 3
Prenatal care 1, 2, 3
Scholarly activity 1, 2, 3

*Obstetrics rotations

During the Family Medicine Residency, you will have four separate rotations regarding obstetric care. 

  1. Longitudinal prenatal care. You will focus on longitudinal prenatal care during PGY-1 and 2 at Mayo Clinic Health System OBGYN Specialty Clinic with the option for additional experience during PGY-3.
  2. Longitudinal continuity OB care. You will have experience with longitudinal continuity OB care during all three years of the residency at the Mayo Clinic Health System — Eastridge Family Medicine Clinic and the OBGYN Specialty Clinic, as well as at Mayo Clinic Health System — Mankato Hospital.
  3. Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital. You will have a four-week block rotation at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, during PGY-1. 
  4. Mayo Clinic Health System block rotations. You will have a two-week block rotation at Mayo Clinic Health System — Eastridge Clinic with the obstetricians during PGY-2 and a two-week block rotation at Mayo Clinic Health System — Mankato Hospital with the obstetricians during PGY-3.

Another four-week block of OB (for a total of 12 weeks of OB training in residency) is required in PGY-3 for those residents planning to do OB deliveries in practice after residency. An elective for those residents who would like more training in OB is also available. This elective can take place at a number of locations and must be organized well in advance for scheduling purposes.

Moonlighting

Moonlighting is available to PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents who are licensed upon approval from faculty and the program director.

Call schedule

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

During the first year, night call occurs on two rotations:

  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Children's inpatient rotation. Approximately six nights of admissions and cross over with preceding and following days off.
  • Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital's obstetrics rotation. Every fourth night (seven shifts) of 24-hour call.

Second year

During the second year, you will be on call from home every tenth night and every tenth weekend.

  • Obstetrics. Two weeks of OB call from home.
  • Rural family medicine. In-house rural family medicine call occurs two times per week for four weeks.

Third year

During the third year, you will be on call from home every tenth night and every tenth week. You will have two weeks of OB call from home.

Procedures

Our program hosts a procedure workshop on the second Tuesday afternoon of each month. Casting and splinting, joint injections, OMT, Nexplanon insertion and other gynecological procedures, dermatological procedures, Point of Care Ultrasound, data and population health, and addiction medicine are just some of the monthly workshops offered throughout the residency. Participation in a simulation lab at Minnesota State University, Mankato with the nursing program provides opportunities for residents to collaborate with senior nursing students to care for seriously ill patients in a team inter-disciplinary setting.