Medical Student Education
The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health is committed to offering all medical students with quality medical education. Our faculty and community-based preceptors are engaged in all levels of medical education, from your required first- and second-year curriculum to your in-person clinical experiences in the third- and fourth-year. We have a diverse selection of hands-on electives for students interested in pursuing a career in family medicine. For students interested in other specialties, we guarantee by the end of your required family medicine clerkship you will understand the important role family medicine physicians hold in our healthcare systems and how your future medical partnership can better serve your community.
Our program in Medical Student Education works with a diverse population of community-based clinical educators across the greater Twin Cities metro area and beyond. Their support and clinical knowledge have contributed to many medical students becoming successful physicians today. We are committed to supporting and strengthening our family medicine preceptors in their faculty development and clinical teaching skills to improve their own practice and provide outstanding clinical education experiences to our medical students.
For Medical Students
Overview of Courses
Family medicine faculty from the Twin Cities campus direct the following educational offerings:
- Essentials of Clinical Medicine - required for medical students years one and two
- Family Medicine Clerkship - required for medical students years three and four participating in their clinical curriculum
UMN medical students receive the opportunity to apply for or enroll in the following clerkships. Completion of any of these experiences fulfills the Family Medicine Clerkship requirement.
UMN Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP)
- Nine-month, internationally renowned rural educational opportunity for UMN third-year medical students
- Learn more about the Rural Physician Associate Program
UMN Metropolitan Physician Associate Program (MetroPAP)
- Nine-month longitudinal elective immersing UMN third-year students in the care of an urban population and communities that are underserved with limited access to health care
- Broadway Family Medicine Clinic, the clinic of our North Memorial residency program, is one of the clinic sites
- Learn more about the Metropolitan Physician Associate Program
Urban Community Ambulatory Medicine (UCAM)
- Twelve-week urban medicine clerkship for UMN third- or fourth-year students
- Learn more about Urban Community Ambulatory Medicine
- Addiction and substance use
- Cardiovascular medicine
- Community health
- Family medicine research
- Healthcare for the underserved
- Human sexuality research
- Palliative medicine and hospice
- Rural medicine care
- Sexual problems in clinical medicine
- Sports medicine
Apply in VSLO to rotations with University of Minnesota family medicine residency programs! Applications are accepted March 1 for the 2024-25 academic year (May 6, 2024 – May 4, 2025).
The following family medicine electives are available to visiting students with exact dates listed in VSLO.
- FMCH 7200, Introduction to Residency in Family Medicine
- FMCH 7500, Acting Intern to Family Medicine
- FMCH 7525, Cardiovascular Medicine
- FMCH 7537, Sports Medicine
- FMCH 7539, Sports Medicine (virtual)
Acting Intern to Family Medicine rotation dates include:
Students will be notified of their placement 4 weeks prior to rotation start date.
A limited number of reimbursements for the VSLO fee is available for in-person courses (approximately $242). Email the University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health Medical Student Education (MSE) office at firstname.lastname@example.org after completing the course to request reimbursement or for additional information.
Please visit the Medical School’s Visiting Students page for more information on student eligibility and the application process.
Interested in a Career in Family Medicine?
Medical students interested in completing their family medicine residency at the University of Minnesota may view our family medicine residency page, which includes information on:
Our eight family medicine residency programs
The application process
Please contact email@example.com for more information about residency in family medicine at the University of Minnesota.
Medical Observerships: Due to the highly competitive nature of opportunities for more advanced trainees and those informal training programs, we are unable to coordinate shadowing and observation roles. Alternative opportunities include:
Want more info?
Elisabeth Arendt, Medical Student Education Coordinator
6-100 Phillips-Wangensteen Building
516 Delaware St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
420 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455