Student Resources

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

  • Leading and directing courses and clerkships.
  • Supporting the coordination of a family medicine interest group.
  • Mentoring medical students interested in family medicine.
  • Arranging one-on-one work with community preceptors.

Family Medicine 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:


  • Skills Course Scholarships
  • Residency Program Opportunities


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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Specialty Mentors

Family medicine clinical mentors give medical students specialty-specific support and advocacy as it relates to networking, career, and residency program selection.

Nicole Chaisson, MD, MPH

University of Minnesota Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Associate Director
Expertise: Family planning and prenatal care, women’s health, adolescent health and wellness, cross-cultural health care, community-oriented care

Christopher Fallert, MD

Family Medicine Clerkship Director
Expertise: Full spectrum family medicine, medical education

Casey Martin, MD

University of Minnesota St. Joseph's Hospital Family Medicine Residency Director
Expertise: Cross-cultural health care, graduate medical education, sports medicine, health care for the underserved

Shannon Neale, MD

University of Minnesota Methodist Hospital Family Medicine Residency faculty
Expertise: OB, maternal and child health, practice management

David Power, MBBS, MPH

Medical Student Education Director
Expertise: Medical student education, international health

Shailey Prasad, MBBS, MPH

University of Minnesota North Memorial Family Medicine Residency Associate Director
Global Family Medicine Pathway, Director
Expertise: Medical education, health care systems, public health and health policy

Bill Roberts, MD, MS

University of Minnesota St. John’s Hospital Family Medicine Residency faculty
Expertise: Ice hockey, marathon injury, heatstroke, youth sports participation

Awards & Grants

There are local, statewide, and national awards and grants available to medical students interested in the specialty of family medicine. Funding includes research grants, leadership awards, and scholarships to family medicine conferences.

Awards & Scholarships

American Board of Family Medicine: Pisacano Scholarship
Deadline: March

The Pisacano Scholarship provides leadership training and up to $28,000 per year (for up to five years) for 10 outstanding fourth-year medical students nationwide. Students must make a commitment to the specialty of family medicine. The program is designed to reimburse medical school debt incurred by students at the conclusion of residency.

Medical Student Leadership Award
Deadline: December

The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians recognizes one fourth-year medical student for family medicine activities on a local, state, or national level.

National Conference for Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students (NCFMRMS) Scholarships
Deadline: May

First-Time Student Attendee Awards
Students are asked to write a 500-word essay on why they are interested in attending NCFMRMS and becoming a family physician.

Family Medicine Interest Group Leadership Awards
This award recognizes FMIG participants for developing and orchestrating individual FMIG projects. Recipients are asked to write a short essay to appear in the Exchange newsletter.

University of Minnesota Family Medicine and Community Health & Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians Sponsored Scholarships
First- through third-year medical students are asked to write a 500-word essay on why they are interested in attending NCFMRMS and becoming a family physician.

For more information, contact Lisa Regehr, 952-542-0130,

Research Grants

Awards for Excellence in Geriatric Medicine Scholarship
Deadline: February 1 annually

These awards were established by a University of Minnesota Family Medicine and Community Health faculty member to recognize superior research on aging and geriatric medicine. The University of Minnesota Medical School awards a $1,000 scholarship to two medical students submitting the best papers on a topic dealing with care of older adults.

Family Medicine Medical Student Grants from the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians Foundation

The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians Foundation offers a $500 to $1,000 start-up innovaton grant as well as a summer externship.

University of Minnesota Foundation Medical Student Research Grants

The University of Minnesota Foundation supports University of Minnesota medical students who are pursuing careers in academic research and medicine. A $4,000 stipend for 12 weeks of research conducted during free or elective periods is awarded to third- or fourth-year medical students. A $3,000 stipend is available to first-year medical students. Medical school faculty must serve as project supervisors and provide laboratory facilities.


  • Third- and fourth-year medical students: first Friday in January, May 1, September 1
  • First-year medical students: February 15

Preceptor Resources

Community preceptors make a significant impact on the success of medical student programming.

Preceptor Perks

Community preceptors receive the following perks:

  • Bio-Medical Library
    Up-to-date clinical resources can be accessed free-of-charge using your x.500 username and password
  • SAM Jam
    Physicians have the opportunity to complete the required American Board of Family Medicine self-assessment module in a group setting. For details, e-mail

Tools & Resources from Minnesota Medical Association Preceptor Initiative

The Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) Preceptor Initiative is a partnership between the MMA and the University of Minnestoa Medical School to develop tools and resources to improve the training and support for clinical preceptors.

Get Involved

If you are interested in teaching medical students for the University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, contact Katie MacDonald, 612-624-0452,