Our 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.
- 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
"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 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.
- St. Peter Free Clinic – free services to underserved communities
- Participation in a pilot program that integrates oral health into well-child visits
- Development and delivery of health education topics for infants, toddlers, and tweens at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota
- Check out these videos of our residents at the children's museum: Dr. Mickey, Dr. Bludorn, and Dr. Simning
- 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
Apply, benefits, and residency resources
- How to apply: Applicants to the Mankato program for 2022 will follow the Family Medicine and Community Health application process; select the University of Minnesota Mankato Family Medicine program in ERAS
- Resident stipends and benefits: See the Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Education Stipend and Benefits
- Mankato Family Medicine Residency Program fact sheet
- Mankato Residency Program Policy and Procedure Manual; please note that the 2022-2023 policy manual will reflect Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Education policies
- University of Minnesota Graduate Medical Education Institutional Policies
- Support resources for residents (including mental health resources, well-being tools, work/life balance, and more)
MED STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES
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 (email@example.com) 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and medical student faculty advisor Keith Stelter, MD.
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 (email@example.com).
Mayo 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
Mayo 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
Mayo 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.
- Mankato and the surrounding community continue to evolve and grow. Equity and inclusion is essential for community success!
- Mankato is a regional hub for art and culture, with opportunities to visit galleries and museums, attend theater productions and musical and dance performances, plus take a walking sculpture tour that changes annually.
- Mankato's latest public art addition is the Silo Art. Check out the time lapse video of the progression of this masterpiece.
- Mankato has a strong local food scene. In addition to well-known chains, Mankato offers many locally owned restaurants. Check out Mankato's top 10 list. Residents' favorites from the list include Olive's, Number 4, Pub 500, and a very new favorite - Nolabelle.
- Music lovers can take in an outdoor music concert at the Vetter Stone Amphitheater or a live, indoor concert at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center.
- Enjoy biking, hiking, cross country and downhill skiing? Mankato offers many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors year round. Learn more about parks, trails, and recreation; mountain biking, skiing and snowboarding; and snow tubing at Mount Kato, to mention just a few of the outdoor opportunities.
- Love sporting events? With three local colleges sponsoring a variety of Division I and II sports, plus Mankato's amateur baseball team the MoonDogs, you are sure to find something you enjoy.