Curriculum and Call

The following is information about St. Joseph's curriculum and call.

View rotations for each year of residency and elective options.

Electives help residents personalize their training, taking into account future practice needs.

Global Health
Opportunities include international and global-local electives, courses, seminars, conferences, and a fellowship supported by the U of M, a Top Best Global University rated by U.S. News and World Report and a Top World University in the United States rated by QS World University Rankings. 

Designed around adult learning models and utilizes residents to lead and teach.

Programmatic courses
The department sponsors several required and optional one- to two-day programmatic courses. Topics include women's health, sports and musculoskeletal medicine, community health, and more.

View call information for each year of residency


Residents as teachers

Family medicine residents are directly responsible for a portion of medical student clinical education during clinical experiences and clerkships. More about residents as teachers


St. Joseph's Rotations


First-year rotations focus on inpatient medicine, working one-on-one with family medicine and pharmacy preceptors.

  • Teaching service, 12-14 weeks
  • Emergency Medicine, 4 weeks
  • OB, 8 weeks
  • Surgery, 4 weeks
  • ICU, 4 weeks
  • Neonatal, 4 weeks
  • Peds Inpatient, 4 weeks
  • Peds Outpatient, 4 weeks
  • CHAMPS (Practice management and community health), 4 weeks
  • Ortho, 4 weeks


Second- and third-year residents have fewer required rotations and more time to focus on electives. They also spend more outpatient time in the clinic and have three weeks of night float each year.

  • Teaching Service, 6-8 weeks
  • Emergency Medicine, 4 weeks
  • Hospitalist, 4 weeks
  • Hospice, 2 weeks
  • Ortho, 4-6 weeks
  • OB, 2-4 weeks
  • Pediatrics outpatient, 4 weeks
  • CHAMP (Practice management and community health), 4 weeks
  • Psychology (Hazelden one week), 4 weeks
  • Pharmacology, 4 weeks
  • Electives, 4 weeks


Second- and third-year residents have fewer required rotations and more time to focus on electives. They also spend more outpatient time in the clinic and have three weeks of night float each year.

  • Teaching Service, 4-6 weeks
  • OB, 2-4 weeks
  • Peds ER, 4 weeks
  • CHAMPS (Practive management and community health), 4 weeks
  • Geriatrics, 4 weeks
  • GYN, 4 weeks
  • Electives, 4 weeks


  • Cardiology, 4 weeks
  • Infectious Disease, 4 weeks
  • Neurology, 4 weeks
  • Derm, 2 weeks
  • ENT, 2 weeks
  • Ophthalmology, 2 weeks
  • Urology, 2 weeks


St. Joseph's Didactics

Workshops, lectures, and activities

  • Chief residents arrange several procedural workshops taught by specialists to provide hands-on experiences, e.g., suture repair, punch biopsies, and casting.
  • Residents are required to participate in two full afternoons of lectures and interactive activities each month led by faculty, community specialists, and residents at St. Joseph's Hospital.

Journal club

A resident presents a recent article for discussion during one of the afternoon lectures at the hospital.

University-sponsored grand rounds

The U of M Department of Family Medicine and Community Health holds monthly grand rounds on family medicine topics.


St. Joseph's Electives

The parental newborn elective gave me a perfect balance of being a parent with a newborn and spending time in clinic.



Residents choose from a variety of electives, including:

  • Hazelden chemical dependency treatment program
  • International Diabetes Center
  • International medicine in Afghanistan, Africa, India, Guatemala, and Thailand
  • Parental newborn elective, allowing new parents to have additional time at home
  • Sports medicine, including team physician and sideline opportunities at a local high school
  • Research elective with local faculty

Other electives have included pharmacotherapy, endocrinology, rheumatology, nephrology, radiology, oncology, geriatrics, GI, and high risk OB.

Residents may tailor their own elective experience with off-site rotations.

Global Family Medicine

Global Family Medicine is an elective curricular experience where residents participate in structured international experiences to gain the skills and knowledge to care for our global citizens and communities.


St. Joseph's Call


  • Family-friendly night float system with intern and senior resident in-house at all times
  • Six or seven weeks/weekends in first year
  • Three to four weeks/weekends in second or third year

Call rooms amenities

St. Joseph's call rooms have a bed, bathroom, and TV. Our Woodwinds call room is on the OB floor, steps away from your OB experience. The hospital also offers free WiFi for personal computers and other electronic devices.

Pediatrics call

The first-year pediatrics inpatient rotation consists of three weeks of day coverage and one week of nights at Children's St. Paul Pediatric Hospital.