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Residency Programs
Fellowship Programs
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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.

*Our CentraCare Willmar Rural Family Medicine Residency Program is pending approval by ACGME.

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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

Congratulations to Department of Family Medicine and Community Health faculty David Satin, MD, who received a 2023-24 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate and Professiona


In the realm of healthcare, where complexities often hinder accessibility and affordability, the Residents as Advocates Cohort (RAC) is championing a revolutionary approach – Direct Primary Care (DPC). Defined as contracts wherein patients directly pay for a specified set of primary care services over a defined period, DPC embodies transparency, simplicity, and a patient-first philosophy. Let's delve into the compelling reasons why Residents are staunchly advocating for the widespread adoption of DPC.


Robert Levy, MD, has been awarded a $900,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services, in conjunction with Opioid Epidemic Response Advisory Council, to enhance workforce development and training for healthcare professionals caring for persons with opioid use disorder.


Upcoming Events
Family Medicine Speed Networking
Medical students are invited to attend and visit with family medicine faculty and residents to learn about the eight...
AAFP National Conference
See more conference details. Visit with program directors, faculty and residents at our exhibit booths during the...
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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.