Student Grants, Mentors, and Interest Groups

A group of students and instructors at a table during a course

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

  • Partnering with all UMN family medicine residency programs.
  • 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.

Photos by Adria Carpenter, courtesy of University Libraries.

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Family Medicine Interest Group

Family Medicine Interest Group logo

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.

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 
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
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
Expertise: Full-spectrum family medicine, medical education

Casey Martin, MD
Residency Director, University of Minnesota Woodwinds Hospital Family Medicine Residency
Expertise: Cross-cultural healthcare, graduate medical education, sports medicine, and healthcare for the underserved

Shannon Neale, MD
Faculty, University of Minnesota Methodist Hospital Family Medicine Residency 
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
Vice Chair for Education, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Director, Global Family Medicine Pathway
Expertise: Medical education, healthcare systems, public health, and health policy

Tom Satre, MD
Residency Director, University of Minnesota CentraCare St. Cloud Family Medicine Residency 
Expertise: Evidence-based medicine

Andrew Slattengren, DO
Associate Director, University of Minnesota North Memorial Family Medicine Residency
Director of Osteopathic Education
Expertise: Osteopathic manipulative treatment, joint injections, and medical education

Jason Wall, MD
Faculty, University of Minnesota Duluth Family Medicine Residency Program 
Areas of Interest: Healthcare delivery and approaching healthcare 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: May

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. The department is willing to nominate one candidate per year. Please contact if you are interested.

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.

Attend the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) National Conference with a Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) Sponsored Scholarship  
Deadline: May

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 up to $2,000 start-up innovation 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. Medical school faculty must serve as project supervisors and provide laboratory facilities. $3,000 grants are available for 8 - 12 weeks of research during free or elective periods or during the summer. 


  • The biannual deadlines are September 15 and February 15.