University of Minnesota Medical Center Residency Program

OB practice at Smiley's clinicWe are a university-based, community-focused training program, operating in an award-winning clinic and hospital in Minneapolis.

We are committed to becoming an antiracist residency, promoting justice, and addressing the structural racism and oppression that pervade our institution.

We value experiences that provide depth, diverse and new perspectives, and honor the identities of those who have not been historically well-represented in the ranks of family physicians. We want specifically to give you permission to share these experiences with us in your application.

PDF icon Letter to Applicants on Antiracism from Program Director Tim Ramer

Program Highlights

  • Leading family medicine teaching through data-driven innovative change focused on health equity
  • Committed and engaged faculty who truly love teaching
  • Welcoming environment that brings enjoyment to the learning process
  • New in 2022: ACGME Osteopathic Recognition!
  • Interdisciplinary teams including Integrated Behavioral Health
  • Resident participation in policy and curriculum changes
  • Independent family medicine inpatient medicine and OB service
  • Leaders in continuity gender-affirming care, reproductive health, medication-assisted treatment, and PrEP
  • Office-based procedures and point-of-care ultrasound

Learn more about our curriculum.

Smiley's group photo taken in July 2022


Graduates are well trained for practice. Most remain in Minnesota, although a number chose to work nationally and internationally, practicing in urban, suburban, and rural areas. Many continue to provide full spectrum family medicine, while others work in emergency rooms or as hospitalists. Some also pursue fellowships, most recently in geriatrics and sports medicine.

Faculty are outstanding physicians, teachers, and researchers, with varied interests and expertise, including procedures, GLBT health care, women's health, informatics, and research.

Our Curriculum emphasizes chronic and ambulatory care, comprehensive reproductive health, gender-affirming care, and sports medicine. We provide excellent training in family medicine fundamentals, incorporating humanities, cross-cultural care, and bioethics. Residents have four months of elective time, and flexibility to engage in longitudinal elective opportunities. 

Our Hospital training includes OB and medicine. The OB service provides opportunities to work with family medicine and OB faculty as well as midwives, allowing residents to experience maternity care from a variety of perspectives or approaches. The medicine service is a fully autonomous family medicine service, managed and supervised by University of Minnesota Medical Center faculty and residents.

Clinic amenities include a fully integrated electronic medical record, supporting the practice of evidence-based medicine. We value continuity of care and have integrated care teams that include pharmacists, care managers, and counselors.

Patients are ethnically and socioeconomically diverse, including African immigrants and refugees; Augsburg College students; and established professionals.

Our Program is designed to support residents through close advisor-advisee relationships; staff dedicated to education and scheduling; and an open door (program director) policy. We encourage resident and faculty dialogue and have dynamic systems in place to incorporate feedback and continuously improve the quality of both education and patient care.


  • Clinic
  • Hospital
  • Community
  • Clinic

    Ultrasound procedure at Smiley's ClinicSmiley’s Family Medicine Clinic has served the Cedar Riverside, Seward, Phillips, and surrounding neighborhoods since 1969.

    The clinic is located close to the University of Minnesota campus for easy access to the Health Sciences Libraryrecreational center, and other University resources. We are also conveniently located near light rail, bus lines, and the Midtown Greenway, a 5.5-mile urban bike trail.

    We became one of the first health care home and behavioral health home certified clinics in Minnesota and continue to expand our services to patients using care coordinators and team-based care. The progressive design of our facility fosters team care and supports the implementation of the Chronic Care Model.

    Our original home was located across the street from where the M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center - West Bank campus currently resides.

    Previously a confectionery, the Smiley's clinic name came from the confectionery manager "Smiley" Roth. The name was chosen from a clinic naming contest and has been with us ever since.


    We have implemented Lean processing within our clinic and continue to focus on improving how we care for our patients through culture of quality initiatives.

    Residents in front of Smiley's Clinic


    Smiley's serves an ethnically and socioeconomically diverse patient population that includes immigrants and populations that are underserved with limited access to health care.


    • Health care home care coordinationSmiley's practitioners conferring in clinic
    • Behavioral Health Home
    • Faculty pharmacist and psychologist on-site
    • Adult and child psychiatry
    • Weekly sports medicine, gynecology, and procedures clinics
    • Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) 
    • Gender-Affirming Care
    • Large exam rooms with additional privacy for patients requiring an interpreter
    • Lactation and shower room for clinic staff
    • Pharmacy on-site
    • Wellness room for residents
    • Lab, X-ray, and OB ultrasound on-site
  • Hospital

    UMMC west bank campus


    M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center has two Minneapolis campuses, East Bank and West Bank, with more than 900 beds.

    Residents have the opportunity to work alongside and learn from teaching specialists in a variety of specialties on both campuses. Newsweek has selected M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center as a Top Hospital in the United States!

    West Bank

    The West Bank campus serves as a women's and children's facility, housing the OB and pediatrics services.

    UMN Medical Center residents spend time at the West Bank campus during their OB, ER, and behavioral medicine rotations.

    Learn more about the West Bank campus

    View the US News and World Report rankings for the University of Minnesota Medical Center.

  • Community

    Group of practitioners talking at Smiley's ClinicFor more than 35 years, Smiley's Family Medicine Clinic has served the South Minneapolis community.

    South Minneapolis is a socioeconomically and ethnically diverse community including those born and raised in the U.S. and those who have immigrated from other areas of the world.

    Residents do not need to travel abroad to experience cultural immersion and refugee care. Our patients range in age from infants to geriatrics and identify as African American, East African, European American, Hispanic, Native American, and Vietnamese.

    In addition, we also serve a growing population of individuals within the transgender and gender non-binary community—many of whom travel a distance to come to our clinic.

    Our community offers local farmers markets, bike trails, a city park within six blocks of every resident, culturally diverse restaurants, arts, music, and community groups. This is a very special place to live and work!

    Community outreach

    Our residents and faculty are active in our community, including:

Frequently Asked Questions


Past lead residents compiled the following list to give applicants more insight into what makes University of Minnesota Medical Center a great program.

1. State-of-the-art clinic, with digital X-ray, OB and point-of-care ultrasound, laboratory, spirometry, and video review and teleconferencing capabilities

2. On-site multidisciplinary team care includes a clinical pharmacy team, behavioral health team, consulting psychiatrist, nurse practitioners, and social worker

3. Independent family medicine inpatient service at a university hospital, managing a variety of core and complex medicine cases with a multidisciplinary team of health professionals

4. OB training with family medicine and OB faculty and certified nurse midwives, providing a well-rounded, cooperative teaching model

5. Welcoming clinic that celebrates inclusivity, serving culturally diverse, immigrant, and gender non-binary populations

6. Involvement in clinic operations and quality improvement initiatives, allowing residents to increase efficiency in clinic and prepare for future practice

7. Educational tracks to support intentional, resident-driven learning in an area of interest, such as hospital medicine, sports medicine, transgender care, and women's health procedures 

8. A variety of elective opportunities, including local, domestic, international, and longitudinal rotations

9. Residency leadership who is open to feedback and will work to support individual health and professional goals

10. Good-humored and knowledgeable staff and faculty with diverse experience and backgrounds who enjoy picnics, bad puns, intramural volleyball, Halloween parties, and social gatherings


Yes, we pay new residents $1,000 for moving expenses.


Yes, we accept and encourage couples matching.


Yes, graduates of international medical schools are accepted. For more information, contact Laura Pham, 612-626-0194,


We structure our interview day so that both candidate and program gain enough information about the other to make an informed decision. Because of this, we do not have structured second look opportunities.