Woodwinds Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program

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Woodwinds Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program is a vibrant group of physicians, dedicated to learning and serving the community.

We have a busy clinical practice caring for diverse ethnicities, ages, and pathologies in the Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul, two blocks from the Capitol.

Woodwinds Hospital is located in the East Metro and offers a mix of a community hospital and tertiary referral center. This affords residents opportunities to treat and prevent a full spectrum of medical pathologies.

We seek residents who are excited to train in both an urban clinic and suburban hospital setting and dedicated to family medicine.



M Health Fairview Clinic - Bethesda

M Health Fairview Bethesda Clinic
  • High patient volume with largely underserved and ethnically diverse populations
  • Over 70 percent of our patients are on state insurance and around 40 percent have limited English proficiency
  • Partner with the Minnesota Department of Health on refugee medicine
  • Hands-on training for in-office procedures
  • certified health care home in St. Paul
  • Located two blocks from the Capitol building

Integrated healthcare team on-site

  • Clinical psychology and psychiatry teams 
  • Pharmacists co-precept residents and consult on medications
  • Community physicians and former graduates precept with core faculty
  • Registered nurses perform phone triage, conduct patient follow-up, and coordinate OB patient visits
  • Healthcare-legal partnership with Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS) to address the legal needs that present health equity barriers to patients
  • In-person interpreters available in our patients' most common languages
  • Two full-time social workers and one full-time community health worker

Facility highlights

  • 27 spacious exam rooms with access to electronic medical records
  • Procedure rooms for ultrasound, joint injections, long-acting reversible contraception insertion and removal, suturing, casting, biopsies, dermatology procedures, and osteopathic manipulations
  • Spacious residents’ workroom and preceptor area
  • X-ray and lab

Woodwinds Hospital

Woodwinds Hospital


Our clinic is located in an inner city neighborhood called Frogtown, one of the most diverse areas in St. Paul and home to most of our patients. It was coined as such due to the marshy environment of the area and subsequent plethora of frogs in the late 1800s when people began settling here. 

Since its inception, Frogtown has been home to several different immigrant and refugee populations including Polish, Irish, German, Scandinavian, and more recently, Southeast Asian, Latine/Latinx, and East African. Frogtown also includes the Rondo neighborhood, which is a prominent Black neighborhood that was fragmented to build I-94. 

Curriculum highlights

  • Active management of labor in high-risk OB situations
  • Weekly didactic conferences covering a broad range of topics
  • Comprehensive internal medicine training 
  • Well-established elective opportunities
  • Global health opportunities
  • Longitudinal community health curriculum
  • Exposure to refugee health and integration into healthcare
  • Strong psychiatric opportunities, including medication management and collaboration with behavioral health psychologists
  • MAT training and management

More on our curriculum

Learn about the Woodwinds Resident Experience

Contact Us

Cheryl Johnson
Program Administrator

Phone: 651-232-0436
Fax: 651-227-1804

University of Minnesota Woodwinds Hospital Family Medicine Residency
M Health Fairview Clinic - Bethesda
580 Rice St.
St. Paul, MN 55103

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