Medical Student Education

Photos by Adria Carpenter, courtesy of University Libraries.

The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health provides comprehensive medical education to all students. Our faculty and community preceptors are deeply involved in teaching from the first to the fourth year, including hands-on electives. Through our clerkship, students gain insight into family medicine's vital role in healthcare and community service. Our Medical Student Education program collaborates with a diverse group of clinical educators, enhancing students' learning and preceptors' teaching skills for exceptional clinical experiences.

For Medical Students

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For Medical Students

Overview of Courses

Family medicine faculty from the Twin Cities campus teach the following educational offerings:


  • Essentials of Clinical Medicine - required for medical students years one and two
  • Family Medicine Clerkship - required for third-year medical students 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)

UMN Metropolitan Physician Associate Program (MetroPAP)

Urban Community Ambulatory Medicine (UCAM)

Examples of electives

  • Addiction and Substance Use 
  • Cardiology for Primary Care 
  • Community Family Medicine 
  • Family Medicine Obstetrics 
  • Family Medicine Research 
  • Human Sexuality Research 
  • Introduction to Residency in Family Medicine 
  • Rural Family Medicine 
  • Sexual Problems in Clinical Medicine 
  • Sleep Disorders Medicine 
  • Sports Medicine

Learn about the Center for Interprofessional Health (CIH) Rural Rotation Scholarship. Apply for $300 in travel and housing assistance for required and elective rotations.

View all elective course directory

Visiting Students

Most rotations are with the University of Minnesota family medicine residency programs - apply in VSLO. Applications are accepted March 1 for the 2024-25 academic year (May 6, 2024 – May 4, 2025). If you are interested in rotations with CentraCare St. Cloud and/or CentraCare Willmar Rural family medicine residency programs, apply here

The following family medicine electives are available to visiting students with exact dates listed in VSLO. 

Acting Intern in Family Medicine rotation dates include:

5/6-6/2/24 7/29-8/25/24 10/28-11/24/24
6/3-6/30/24 9/2-9/29/24 11/25-12/22/24
7/1-7/28/24 9/30-10/27/24 1/6-2/2/25

Students will be notified of their placement 4 weeks prior to rotation start date.

To qualify, students must attend domestic LCME-accredited or COCA-accredited medical schools and earn credits for elective rotations.

Please visit the Medical School’s Visiting Students page for more information on student eligibility and the application process. A limited number of reimbursements for the VSLO fee are 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 after completing the course to request reimbursement or for additional information.

Learn about the DFMCH Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Medical Student Scholarship: $1,000 in travel and housing assistance for an acting intern rotation

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Elisabeth Arendt, Medical Student Education Coordinator

Office Location
6-100 Phillips-Wangensteen Building
516 Delaware St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Mailing Address
MMC 381
420 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone: 612-624-0452
Fax: 612-626-8226