Mankato Family Medicine Residency Program

Mankato office procedureOur program has ACGME Osteopathic Recognition and is supported by two premier medical institutions: the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic.

Residents are taught by nationally recognized experts who are passionate, dedicated teachers. Training is broad-based and includes procedures for comprehensive care.

We offer residents a small-town feel with access to big city amenities. The city of Mankato is about a 1.5-hour drive from the Twin Cities and a 2-hour drive from Rochester.

The University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic Health System have collaborated to ensure outstanding resident education for the University of Minnesota Mankato Family Medicine Residency Program for more than two decades. The program will soon experience a new chapter in its history.

Changes are coming to the Mankato Family Medicine Residency Program! The program is currently sponsored by the University of Minnesota Graduate Medical Education program and will be transitioning sponsorship to the Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education. The transition in sponsorship will be in effect July 1, 2022.

Get more details on how this change will affect residents in the program

Curriculum highlights

  • Sports and musculoskeletal medicine emphasis with integration of allopathic and osteopathic techniques and imaging
  • Daily didactics, monthly procedure workshops
  • Scholarship incorporated into daily activities
  • Longitudinal training in behavioral and community health
  • Education and training on addiction medicine - all residents complete the 8-hour Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) of Substance Use Disorders training during their first year
  • Individualized education plan to enhance resident elective rotation schedule and community experiences  

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Community Health

Dr. Erin Westfall"Our community health education does two things: Not only are we providing you with information about community health, community-oriented primary care, and how it relates to patients in your local community, but we also have a culture of community engagement and commitment."—Dr. Erin Westfall, associate professor, director of osteopathic education, associate program director, and community health curriculum lead at Mankato Family Medicine Residency Program.

Community Engagement

Community engagement is a hallmark of the Mankato Family Medicine Residency program. Residents, faculty, and medical students are actively engaged with the community in a variety of venues.

Examples include:

  • St. Peter Free Clinic – free services to underserved communities 
  • Participation in a pilot program that integrates oral health into well-child visits  
  • Mankato Family Medicine Residency Program residents can get experience at the local children's museumDevelopment and delivery of health education topics for infants, toddlers, and tweens at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota
  • Food drives 
  • Sports Physicals Night Out – opportunity for the community to complete high school sports physicals during convenient evening hours
  • Community garden focused on addressing food insecurity 
  • Nursing home care and home visits 
  • Sports medicine opportunities with students in the athletic training rooms and sporting events at Minnesota State University Mankato
  • Provide medical assistance at the Mankato Marathon, host post-run Stretch Zone
  • Health education with community partners such as VINE Adult Community Center, GEM speaking engagements, Minnesota Valley Action Counsel, Project Community Connect, and others as they become available


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Med Student Opportunities

We offer medical students elective rotations with us and the Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato. With advance notice, medical students can also visit our program and meet faculty and residents.

Family medicine rotation

The four-week experience includes:

  • Three weeks at Eastridge Outpatient Continuity Clinic, working with family medicine residents or faculty
  • One week on the inpatient service care team, serving with a family medicine resident and faculty

Medical students rotating with our program are invited to join us for our daily noon lectures. Lunch is provided.

Rotation housing and parking

Short-term housing is available for medical students rotating with our program. Contact residency program administrator Stacy Tomhave ( to make arrangements.

What is the parking situation at the clinic and hospital?

  • Free parking at the clinic and hospital is available on-site. However, there are reserved areas for patients and guests.

Rotation application and inquiry

Rotation inquiries are addressed by residency program administrator Stacy Tomhave ( and medical student faculty advisor Keith Stelter, MD.

Please click here to view and complete the clinical educational experience rotation application

Visit us

We are available to provide medical students time with residents and faculty, including hospital rounds, clinic observation, and informal visits like lunch or social activities.

Medical students are encouraged to visit the program at any time. However, advance notice is recommended. For more information or to schedule a visit, contact Stacy Tomhave (

Where we Practice

  • Clinic
  • Hospital
  • Community
  • Clinic

    Mayo Clinic MankatoMayo Clinic Health System - Eastridge

    • Integrated care model, including behavioral medicine, chronic disease management, and support services (case managers, social work, and pharmacists)
    • Five-minute drive from teaching hospital
    • Capabilities for successful virtual learning
    • Diverse patient population
    • Supportive atmosphere

    Learn more about the Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato

  • Hospital

    Mankato- MayoMayo Clinic Health System in Mankato features:

    • 24/7 emergency department (board-certified emergency medicine physicians)
    • Level II nursery
    • Critical care medicine (ICU and certified intensivists)
    • Advanced trauma care (neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, Mayo One medical transport)
    • Inpatient behavioral health unit
    • Andreas Cancer Center
    • Cardiac catheterization lab
    • Advanced diagnostic imaging (Including CT, MRI, PET/CT, ultrasound, and digital mammography)
    • 270-bed regional care center
    • Only residency at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato and the Mayo Clinic Southwest Minnesota region
    • Supported by the expertise and resources of Mayo Clinic

    Learn more about the Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato

  • Community

    Mankato resident with a patientMayo Clinic Health System Eastridge serves a diverse patient population, living in and around the City of Mankato. Mankato is about a 1.5-hour drive from the Twin Cities and offers residents a small-town feel with easy access to big-city amenities.


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