Medical Student Education

The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health is active at all levels of medical student education.

We offer interdisciplinary educational experiences with five other health science schools as well as access to cutting-edge research and the world-renown University of Minnesota Medical Center.


This 4 week outpatient clinic-based experience in Family Medicine involves working with practicing family physicians, colleagues from other disciplines and, at some sites, FM residents.

Elective Courses

The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health offers a variety of elective courses design to give students a wide introduction into family medicine.


Most of the information below is for University of Minnesota medical students only. If you're a visiting medical student, please visit our visiting medical student page.

Family medicine faculty from the Twin Cities campus direct the following educational offerings.


The Family Medicine Clerkship and the Essentials of Clinical Medicine course are required curriculum for University of Minnesota medical student.


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)

UMN Metropolitan Physician Associate Program (MetroPAP)

Urban Community Ambulatory Medicine (UCAM)


A variety of elective courses for family medicine are available:

  • Cardiovascular medicine
  • Community health
  • HIV care
  • Family medicine research
  • Health care for the underserved
  • Human sexuality research
  • Inpatient family medicine
  • Obstetrics
  • Rural medical care
  • Sexual problems in clinical medicine
  • Sports medicine

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Interest Group

The Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) on the Twin Cities campus sponsors lunch lectures and skills workshops on a variety of family medicine-related topics. Past lectures and workshops have included urban and rural medicine, sports medicine, women's health, community health, and primary care advocacy. Events and activities are open to all medical students. Some events and activities are also open to pre-medical students.


Following is a list of regional and national events involving family medicine education that may be of interest to medical and pre-medical students.