Required Courses

Community Clinical Medicine I & II

Course Director: Ryan Harden, MD, MS

  • Gain various clinical experiences in hospitals, nursing homes, the operating room, labor and delivery
  • Work through several mini-rotations: OB, surgery, pediatrics, interprofessional and two medicine blocks
  • Practice physical diagnosis skills and develop confidence in clinical skills

Introduction to Rural Family Medicine and Native American Health

Course Directors: James Boulger, PhD, Emily Onello, MD, Mary Owen, MD and Sandy Stover, MD

  • Your first exposure to the clinical side of medicine
  • Learn how to elicit a concise, pertinent patient medical history
  • Consists of lectures, physical exam teaching sessions, small group discussions and a site visit to a rural Minnesota community

Rural Medical Scholars Program I and II

Course Directors: Emily Onello, MD and James Boulger, PhD

  • Divided into three different sections, a week at a time in January, April and June
  • Go to small communities to practice skills and learn what it's like to be a small-town physician

Social and Behavioral Medicine I

Course Director: Cathy McCarty, PhD, MSB, HEC-C

  • The coursework in the first year of the medical student experience covers a wide range of material ranging from culture and health and disparities in health care to individual personal and social development, population health and biostatistics, psychopathology, medical ethics and end-of-life issues. 

Social and Behavioral Medicine II

Course Directors: Mustafa al'Absi, PhD and Michele Statz, PhD

  • In the second year material on Brain-Body interactions, stress and coping, biostatistics, law and medicine, spirituality, health care policy and medical ethics are included.

Art of Science at the End of Life

Course Director: Amy Greminger, MD

  • Introduce students to concepts common in the care of life patients.

Family Medicine Preceptorship

Course Directors: James Boulger, PhD and Emily Onello, MD

  • Paired with local family medicine physicians.