Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Family Medicine Community

Exceptional education | Full spectrum care | Collaborative research

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 50 years ago in response to a legislative mandate to train primary care physicians.

 

About the Department
  • 98 FACULTY MEMBERS
  • 8 RESIDENCY PROGRAMS
  • 4 FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMS
  • #4 FAMILY MEDICINE DEPARTMENT IN NIH FUNDING NATIONWIDE

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 four fellowships, as well as many courses and opportunities for medical students and community physicians.

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RESEARCH

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 disparities and health equity, nutrition, integrated care, behavioral health, opioids, community-based participatory research, and sexual health.

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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.