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.
  • Skills Course Scholarship
  • Residency Program Opportunities

Family Medicine Interest Group

Family Medicine Interest Group logoThe 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.

Events

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

Resources

Specialty Mentors

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

Kathryn Brown MD, MS 
Faculty, St. John’s Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program 
Email: brow0192@umn.edu 
Expertise: Full-spectrum family medicine, obstetrics, and chronic pain management

Nicole Chaisson, MD, MPH
Faculty, University of Minnesota Medical Center Family Medicine Residency 
Associate Medical Director, Planned Parenthood North Central States
Medical Director, Minneapolis School-based Clinics
Email: chai0027@umn.edu
Expertise: Comprehensive reproductive health, reproductive justice, family medicine obstetrics, gender-affirming care, adolescent health, team-based care, cross-cultural healthcare, community-oriented care, and health advocacy

Christopher Fallert, MD
Family Medicine Clerkship Director
Email: fall0001@umn.edu
Expertise: Full-spectrum family medicine, medical education

Casey Martin, MD
University of Minnesota St. Joseph's Hospital Family Medicine Residency Director
Email: marti176@umn.edu
Expertise: Cross-cultural health care, graduate medical education, sports medicine, and health care for the underserved

Shannon Neale, MD
University of Minnesota Methodist Hospital Family Medicine Residency faculty
Email: residency@parknicollet.com
Expertise: OB, maternal and child health, practice management

David Power, MBBS, MPH
Medical Student Education Director
Email: power007@umn.edu
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
Email: pras0054@umn.edu
Expertise: Medical education, health care systems, public health, and health policy

Tom Satre, MD
University of Minnesota CentraCare St. Cloud Family Medicine Residency Director
Email: satre010@umn.edu
Expertise: Evidence-based Medicine

Jason Wall, MD
Faculty, University of Minnesota Duluth Family Medicine Residency Program 
Email: jason.wall@essentiahealth.org
Areas of Interest: Health care delivery and approaching health care holistically, social determinants of health, point of care ultrasound, communication in healthcare and advanced care planning, primary care treatment of hepatitis C, addiction medicine, management of behavioral health medications in primary care, and dermatology

Awards and 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, lregehr@mafp.org.

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.

Deadline:

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

CLERKSHIP

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

ELECTIVE COURSES

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