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 Residency Programs

We have eight family medicine residency programs—five in the Twin Cities and three in Greater Minnesota.
We train family physicians to provide comprehensive, personalized care for the whole family in any setting: urban, rural, global. Each program has its own curricular strengths, unique feel, and sense of community.

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Education & Training

Our top-ranked educational programs include eight distinct residency programs and five fellowships, as well as many courses and opportunities for medical students and community physicians.

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Patient Care

Our approach to care is collaborative and team-based, within multiple clinics and hospitals across the state of Minnesota. We are dedicated to comprehensive, personalized care for the whole person, the whole family, and the whole community.

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One of the top-funded family medicine departments in the country by the NIH, we focus on collaborative and cutting-edge research across multiple health-related areas, including diabetes, obesity, smoking cessation, health inequities and health equity, nutrition, integrated care, behavioral health, opioids, community-based participatory research, and sexual health.

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Department Head, James Pacala, MD, MS

The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health is part of the University of Minnesota Medical School. The department was created more than 50 years ago in response to a legislative mandate to train primary care physicians.


Family Medicine News

Mitchell Moe, MD (he/him), is a second-year resident at St. John’s Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program. We spoke about his residency program, his journey and current specialty focus, and his future endeavors.

Brendan Dougherty, PT, PhD, assistant professor and co-director of the Rehabilitation Science Graduate Program, shares the history, structure, and ongoing successes of the PhD in Rehabilitation Science program.


Ann Van de Winckel, PhD, MSPT, PT, assistant professor in the Division of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, received a notice of award from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) for her R34 grant, “HAPPINESS: cHAnging the Perceived Pain INtensity in divErSe populations with Spinal cord injury: A feasibility study.”


Upcoming Events
AAFP National Conference
See more conference details. Visit with program directors, faculty and residents at our exhibit booths during the...
Meet Your Match
We invite you to join us and visit eight incredible family medicine residency programs! This is a terrific opportunity...
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Minnesota Northstar Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program

Led by PI Jim Pacala, MD, MS, the Minnesota Northstar Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (MN GWEP) has a mission to improve the healthcare and health of older adults across the state of Minnesota.