Faculty Members
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 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.


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

Lonzale Ramsey Jr., MD, explains the important work being done as part of the mentorship program The Ladder, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. Started in 2012 in North Minneapolis, The Ladder is an intergenerational, cascading mentorship club with a mission to inspire, empower, and prepare young people for careers in healthcare, medical fields, and science.


We asked Betlehem Semahge, MD, a graduate of Woodwinds Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, five questions about her experience in residency and her outlook on the future of family medicine.


On July 6, 2023, Bill Roberts, MD, MS, retired from the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and transitioned to the role of professor emeritus. In this interview, Dr. Roberts shares some of his fondest memories over his career, advice for new doctors, and thoughts on the future of family medicine.


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.