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Family Medicine Residency (Minnesota)

Curriculum

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Clinical training

Clinical training emphasizes the most common problems seen and procedures performed by family physicians. You gain extensive experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Home visits to patients also are part of your training. 

Outpatient: Mayo Family Clinic Kasson

Throughout the program, you provide continuing care for families at Mayo Family Clinic Kasson, which is located in the town of Kasson, Minnesota, about 14 miles west of Rochester. This clinic serves Kasson, with a population of approximately 6,000, and rural Dodge County, which has a population of more than 20,000.

You spend about two half-days a week at the Kasson clinic during your first year, three half-days a week during your second year, and four to five half-days a week during your third year. This allows you to develop a continuity practice of your own. You are also encouraged to become an active member of the Kasson community. 

At Mayo Family Clinic Kasson, families are assigned to you with the expectation that you provide most of their care during your residency. Patient records are maintained in an electronic medical record, and computer access is provided from each exam room. You are assigned to one of three co-located teams that include residents, faculty, nurses, a secretary, and ancillary staff. 

Outpatient specialties: Mayo Clinic and surrounding communities

One strength of our program is outpatient specialty training. During outpatient rotations, you have the opportunity for one-on-one training with many of the nation's leading experts in subspecialty fields.

You spend time in Mayo Clinic Health System during dermatology, ophthalmology, and orthopedics training. While at these sites, you work one-on-one with the specialist and receive individualized training in his or her field. 

You have the opportunity to see patients and perform or assist with procedures, making for an outstanding training opportunity.

Outpatient: Procedure Clinic

You spend two weeks each year focused on outpatient procedures. The procedure clinic is a referral clinic for all primary care at Mayo Clinic. 

Inpatient: Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester

The inpatient component of the Family Medicine Residency is spent primarily on the family medicine adult inpatient service at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, Saint Marys Campus, and the newborn nursery service at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, Methodist Campus.

The adult Family Medicine Inpatient service admits and cares for patients needing hospital care from any of the family medicine clinics. As the admitting resident, you are in charge of the patient’s care during the hospital stay. Specialty consulting services are available 24 hours a day and contribute excellent teaching when they are consulted.

The Family Medicine Newborn Service cares for all newborns born at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, Methodist Campus. As the resident on call, you respond to newborn resuscitations as part of a multidisciplinary team and deliver routine care to newborns. Other inpatient training includes rotations in critical care and pediatrics.

While these rotations are supervised by other departments, you are treated as an equal and have duties and responsibilities identical to the other residents on the service.

Rotation schedule

These are typical training schedules in the Family Medicine Residency.

PGY-1

RotationLength

Mayo Family Clinic Kasson

14 weeks

Adult family medicine inpatient service (shifts)

8 weeks

Cardiology (outpatient)

1 month

Emergency medicine

1 month

General surgery

1 month

Introduction to Kasson

2 weeks

Midwife obstetrics

1 month

Obstetrics boot camp

2 weeks

Outpatient procedure clinic

2 weeks

Pediatrics (inpatient)

1 month

Women's health

2 weeks

PGY-2

RotationLength

Mayo Family Clinic Kasson

10 weeks

Adult family medicine inpatient service (call)

14 weeks

Critical care

1 month

Emergency medicine

1 month

Newborn nursery

3 weeks

Obstetrics

1 month

Orthopedics (Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea)

1 month

Outpatient procedure clinic

2 weeks

Elective

1 month

PGY-3

RotationLength

Mayo Family Clinic Kasson

8 weeks

Adult family medicine inpatient service (call)

3 weeks

Adult family medicine inpatient service (senior)

6 weeks

Dermatology

1 month

Emergency medicine

1 month

Newborn nursery

3 weeks

Obstetrics

1 month

Ophthalmology

2 weeks

Outpatient procedure clinic

2 weeks

Sports medicine

1 month

Electives

3 months

Electives

Your elective options are nearly unlimited here at Mayo Clinic. Elective rotations last from one to four weeks, depending on the elective. You may also choose to take an elective rotation at Mayo Clinic’s campus in either Jacksonville, Florida, or Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, with program director approval. A rotation to Florida or Arizona must be four weeks minimum in length.

Didactic training

Clinical conferences, journal club, and one-on-one instruction are integral parts of the Family Medicine Residency. Behavioral medicine is integrated throughout all three years of training.

Weekly conferences cover primary care topics, including discussion of ethical dilemmas faced by physicians in training. Second- and third-year residents participate in a group quality-improvement project and practice management seminars.

Hands-on training

Each PGY class has dedicated monthly seminars known as core seminars. These four-hour seminars, which are facilitated by residency core faculty, include simulation, standardized patients, and small-group problem-based learning experiences.

Research training

Your research opportunities at Mayo Clinic are outstanding. You are encouraged but not required to participate in research activities. Opportunities exist for both clinical studies and laboratory-based projects. Many faculty members are actively involved in research projects and can serve as research mentors. 

Call frequency

Your call schedule is different for each rotation. Mayo Clinic follows the recommendations of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Moonlighting

Moonlighting is permitted for licensed residents beyond the PGY-1 level. Moonlighting activities may be scheduled during those times when you are assigned to consultative or outpatient rotations with the prior approval of the program director. Moonlighting should not interfere with the required learning and must not violate the work-hour rules of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or visa regulations. 

Teaching opportunities

You have the opportunity to teach Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine students, residents from other subspecialties, and visiting students from other medical schools through bedside instruction and formal didactic lectures. 

Practice examinations and reviews

In preparation for board examinations, you take the In-Training Examination provided by the American Board of Family Medicine once a year.

Evaluation

To ensure that you acquire adequate knowledge and develop the appropriate technical skills to meet program expectations, your performance is monitored carefully during the Family Medicine Residency. You are formally evaluated by supervising faculty members on a regular basis and meet with the program director to review these evaluations. In addition, you regularly evaluate the faculty to confirm that your educational needs are being met.