Mankato Curriculum and Call

First-Year Rotations


Length: four weeks

Location: MCHS Hospital, Mankato

Each resident should carry a minimum patient load of at least three patients while on rotation and see a total of 15 patients during the four-week rotation.  
Attendings are very willing to have residents participate in procedures. Read about arterial lines, LP’s, central lines, paracentesis, codes and intubations. PGY1 should read on the basics of ventilator settings and use, i.e. why various settings are chosen in different situations such as ARDS, Status Asthmaticus and COPD exacerbation.


Length: four weeks

Location: MCHS Hospital, Mankato

This rotation is expected to give the resident a minimum of 38 – 42 hours per week (12 shifts) in the ED working under the supervision of ED physicians. Residents will be in Family Medicine continuity clinic at least one half-day per week during the PGY1 EM rotation.


Length: twelve weeks

Location: MCHS Hospital, Mankato

This is the main inpatient rotation for all three years of training; three blocks in PGY1, and four weeks in PGY2 and PGY3. Residents on inpatient service are required to carry a minimum of five adult patients daily. G2 and G3 residents have the added responsibility of assisting and mentoring G1 residents. Residents are supervised by the hospitalists and family physicians to which they are assigned. 


Length: four weeks

Location: Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital, St. Louis Park

During this rotation the resident will develop skills in the assessment and management of low risk obstetrical patients. Skills will be attained through demonstration, participation, and self-directed learning. There may also be an opportunity for participation in the care of high-risk obstetrical patients.

One in four call during this rotation.


Length: two weeks

Location: Ophthalmology Associates, Mankato

This experience includes ophthalmic examinations on patients from all age groups, presenting with a variety of eye related problems. Appointments are scheduled 8:30 am to 5 pm. Residents also obtain substantial additional ophthalmology training throughout the three years of their residency with their experience in the FMC and ER.


Length: four weeks

Location: Orthopedic & Fracture Clinic, Mankato

Includes some surgery, but is mainly an outpatient experience. Days at the Orthopedic Clinic are usually from 9:00 am to 5 pm. Orthopedics Essentials is the textbook for this experience; the Orthopedic and Fracture Clinic has graciously purchased this textbook for each PGY1 resident who is to bring it to clinic each day.


Length: two weeks

Location: MCHS Specialty Clinic, Mankato

This clinical experience provides several procedures opportunities and some OR time if the resident is interested and time allows. It is expected that you will evaluate new patients and perform appropriate procedures with the attending physician while in clinic. You will spend time in the vestibular lab and with the audiologist.


Length: two weeks

Location: MCHS Hospital & Cancer Center, Mankato

Residents will be an integral member of the palliative medicine team in the care of seriously ill people and their families. Emphasis will be placed on symptom management and communication skills with patients, families and providers that will be useful throughout residency and career.


Length: four weeks

Location: Minneapolis Children’s Hospital

Residents work with pediatric and med/peds residents to admit and care for children in a busy regional pediatric teaching hospital. In addition, all team members work intimately with attending physicians in order to improve knowledge, efficiency, and patient care.

During this rotation, expect to be actively involved in continuation of care from previous shift; this may involve admissions, preparing or initiating discharge orders, updating families and answering questions, ordering medications or services for discharge preparation, cross-cover, or following up on tests and radiologic studies performed.


Length: four weeks

Location: MCHS Specialty Clinic

The primary expectation for the resident is to see the majority of the patients in clinic with preference given to well-child visits, ADHD/mental health initial evaluations, and acute pediatric visits that would be most relevant to family medicine.


Length: three weeks

Location: MCHS Hospital, Mankato

This rotation provides residents with a structured opportunity to learn the appropriate application of techniques and specialty consultations in the diagnostic imaging and nuclear medicine therapy of organs and body systems. This includes the limitations and risks attendant to these techniques; including radiographic film/diagnostic imaging interpretation and nuclear medicine therapy which is pertinent to family practice.



Local and international electives are available to meet the future practice needs of residents. Allow yourself 6 to 12 months of planning for away electives.

See more information about family medicine resident international electives

Examples of some elective options offered through various MCHS Providers and facilities include:

  • Allergy
  • Anesthesia
  • GI/hepatology
  • Hematology/oncology
  • Infectious disease
  • Laboratory medicine & pathology
  • Nephrology
  • Orthopedics
  • Physical medicine are spine care
  • Procedures elective
  • Pulmonology
  • Trauma surgery
  • Wound care

Other non-MCHS elective options

  • Community Health FQHC
  • Dermatology
  • Rural family medicine
  • Forensic science/psychiatry
  • Advanced orthopedics
  • Program in Human Sexuality
  • Neuromuscular medicine
  • International family medicine

Longitudinal Curriculum

Longitudinal Rotations

Most longitudinal rotations are integrated into the entire three year program.

Location: MCHS Eastridge Clinic

Throughout all three years of training, residents see their own patients while in the Family Medicine Residency Clinic with psychology consultation and training provided via precepting and integrated care. Our clinic’s integrated behavioral health model means that residents co-manage their patients jointly with psychologists or therapists and behavioral health practitioners may see patients in the room alongside residents. This allows the integrated behavioral health team to both model and supervise patient assessment and intervention.

Location: Various facilities within Mankato and surrounding area

The four distinct components to teaching population health include the domains of

  1. Public health
  2. Community engagement
  3. Critical thinking
  4. Team skills

By focusing on these domains, the resident will attain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to care for patients within the context of the integrated medical neighborhood.

This section of the curriculum does not involve a clinical rotation, but rather, is a continuous emphasis throughout residents’ three years of training. Discussing ethical principles related to patient care is an important aspect of each clinical rotation. Faculty and attending staff incorporate discussion of relevant ethical principles as they are pertinent to patient care. Additionally, residents participate in noon seminars related to ethics bimonthly.

Location: MCHS Eastridge Clinic

While the residents’ acquisition of knowledge, skills, and attitudes of family medicine will take place during all curricular elements, the primary setting for this training is in the Family Medicine Clinic, as residents provide continuing, comprehensive care to their panels of patients.

  • PGY1: one to two half days per week-there isn’t a PGY1 family medicine rotation, however continuity clinic occurs during all rotations
  • PGY2: three to five half days per week
  • PGY3: three to five half days per week


Location: Janesville Nursing Home or Laurel’s Peak, determined by team assignment

Length: one half day per month on selected Tuesday morning for three-year program duration

Geriatric training is longitudinal, allowing residents to maintain continuity of care throughout all three years of training. Geriatric training occurs through the residents’ continuity of care patient panel in the family medicine center, general hospital service, nursing home continuity of care experience, and during clinical rotations. Residents care for geriatric patients and manage acute illnesses and injuries, chronic illnesses, disease prevention, health promotion, and end of life issues. This includes instruction in the physiological changes of aging, pharmacokinetics in the elderly, functional assessment of the elderly, extended care facility management, Hospice, and home care.

Long-term care rounds are scheduled one half day per month on a Tuesday morning, potentially totaling 144 hours over three years. Each resident is assigned to one of four teams that follow patients at one of three community-based sites. Residents have geriatric patients assigned to them and assume the role of primary care provider for these patients.


Location: MCHS Hospital, Mankato

This is the main inpatient rotation for all three years of training; three blocks in PGY1 and four weeks in PGY2 and PGY3. Residents on the inpatient service are required to carry a minimum average of five adult patients daily. G2 and G3 residents have the added responsibility of assisting and mentoring G1 residents. Residents are supervised by the hospitalists and family physicians to which they are assigned.


Location: MCHS Hospital, Mankato

The newborn nursery rounding service is done one week at a time. Residents round on all well newborns of the MCHS Eastridge, Northridge, and Lake Crystal clinic providers and any assigned newborns. This includes admissions, progress notes, discharges, and circumcisions.

Each PGY1 is responsible for four sessions of weekend rounds.


Location: MCHS Hospital and Eastridge Clinic, Mankato

The longitudinal continuity OB care will occur during the entire three years at the Eastridge Family Medicine Clinic and at the hospital. Residents will assume responsibility for providing antenatal, natal, and postnatal care on a continual basis to their patients. These patients will be derived from the panel of patients each resident develops at their Family Medicine Clinic.

For those who choose to not do deliveries in practice after residency it is highly recommended that you share your continuity OB patients with another resident who is planning on doing OB deliveries after residency. You and your sharing resident will be required to follow your continuity OB patient’s prenatal course.

Share Care
Resident continuity OB patients will participate in the Share Care model of OB care for prenatal care, but will be delivered by the resident with direct supervision by either the MCHS OB on-call physician or the UMN Family Medicine OB faculty.

For the longitudinal OB rotation PGY2 and PGY3 residents will take call from home. This can be together with family medicine call. Residents will cover all residency OB patients when their primary resident physician cannot be available.


Location: MCHS Hospital and Clinics

The University of Minnesota Mankato Family Medicine Residency Program has developed a curriculum with a combination of didactic instruction and practical experience focused primarily in the second year at the Eastridge MCHS Clinic. This will occur through several organized activities:

  • Didactic lectures
  • Hands-on practice management in the MCHS Mankato organization,
  • Leadership experience through sessions with MCHS leaders
  • Leading resident team meetings with fellow residents and clinic nurses
  • Practice management course offered by the University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine


Osteopathic Recognition Track Curriculum

Our residency program has osteopathic recognition through the ACGME. We have a rich culture of teaching osteopathic principles and practices as well as providing clinical experience for incorporating OMT into daily family medicine practice. All of our DO residents participate in our formal osteopathic track. Our MD residents have the opportunity to participate in osteopathic-focused education throughout their residency and if desired can enroll in our formal osteopathic track as well.

Residents receive training in a variety of settings:

  • Ambulatory family medicine clinic – longitudinal
  • Inpatient family medicine – longitudinal
  • Nursing home - longitudinal
  • Neurosciences rotation
  • Sports medicine rotation
  • Mankato Marathon – osteopathic finish line

Didactic training throughout residency includes:

  • Local OMT workshops/procedure labs
  • UMN OMT workshop
  • Bimonthly didactics/case series
  • Yearly FDM module

We offer opportunities for teaching and scholarly activity within our osteopathic track and have a variety of resources including OMT tables, patient teaching aids, journal memberships, and more.

Osteopathic Requirements

Residents that have graduated from an allopathic medical school will have the opportunity to participate in osteopathic-focused education throughout their residency.

To enroll in the osteopathic track, the following requirements must be met:

  • Complete a minimum of 120 hours of instruction in osteopathic philosophy and techniques in manipulative medicine before beginning residency. At least a portion of the hours should be formally accredited instruction (AOA, AACOM, ACOFP)
  • A personal statement explaining interest in an osteopathic track
  • Letter of recommendation from an osteopathic physician who actively performs OMT in their practice
  • Successful completion of an interview with a member of the osteopathic faculty
  • Successful completion of a written exam covering OPP
  • Successful completion of the program’s OMT competency performance evaluation
  • Recommendation from the local program director to join the osteopathic track

Non-Clinical Training

Mankato Non-Clinical Training

An equally important focus is to promote life-long learning and empower residents with the skills to balance personal and professional responsibilities for a rewarding career in family medicine.

The following are non-clinical, longitudinal training that residents receive:

  • Ethics and cultural competence
    Discussion of ethical principles related to patient care is an important aspect of each clinical rotation. Residents also participate in noon seminars related to ethics bimonthly.
  • Evidence-based medicine
    Residents learn to adequately use information technology to find and use the best evidence from scientific studies to improve patient care and knowledge. Residents will participate in Journal Club on a monthly basis.
  • Interpersonal and communications skills
    Residents learn how to establish effective therapeutic relationships with patients, families, and colleagues by using listening, narrative, and non-verbal skills. Residents also learn how to adequately educate patients, families, colleagues, and learners.
  • Resident wellness and professionalism
    Monthly peer group meetings allow residents to provide support, guidance, and nurturing to one another throughout residency. Guidance from peers and faculty is provided. Seminars related to resident emotional and physical well-being, communication, and professionalism are scheduled monthly.
  • Scholarly activity and practice-based learning and improvement
    Residents learn to develop the skills necessary to evaluate scientific literature that's important to practicing evidence-based medicine in a primary care setting.



First year

  • Every fourth night on OB rotation

Second year

  • Twice a week, eight total call, on labor and delivery rotation
  • Every tenth night from home for continuity OB patients
  • Twice a week, eight total call, in emergency room for rural family medicine rotation

Third year

  • Every tenth night from home for continuity OB patients