University of Minnesota/University of Minnesota Medical Center Fairview Program at Smiley’s Clinic

Contact Information

University of Minnesota/University of Minnesota Medical Center Fairview Program at Smiley’s Clinic
2020 E 28th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407

Program Description

We are a full-spectrum family medicine residency. Many of our residents have an international interest, as do several of our faculty. Our clinic population is quite diverse and offers an "international" longitudinal experience. Global Family Medicine Pathway available to family medicine residents in the University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health Residency Programs

Location(s) of international program: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Russia, India, Honduras and Nicaragua. 

Description of field experience: Inpatient, ambulatory care, community health opportunities available in:

  • Africa (Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania) 
  • Asia (Russia and India) 
  • Central America (Honduras and Nicaragua) 
  • Others under development 

Description of didactics: Comprehensive curriculum integrated throughout the three years of the residency including online web modules and lectures, journal club, book club, movie night and tropical medicine lecture series:

Pathway residents able to participate in the Tropical Medicine Course: GFM Pathway collaborates with Global Pediatrics, Global Health (Internal Medicine) and the School of Public Health.

Cost to individual resident: Travel, room and board costs minus a stipend if resident completes pathway curriculum and project.

Number of residents who have participated in the last two years: Program started 2011 

Description of faculty involvement: Faculty with international experience at each participating residency site who have nurtured long-term relationships with a variety of communities around the world. Pathway residents will chose a faculty mentor. International experiences may or may not occur with UMN faculty.

Does the program accept medical students for trips? Some faculty-led trips are open to medical students.

Does the program accept residents from outside the program for trips? No.

Approximate time of year/duration of trips: Residents can do a one-month rotation during their second or third year of residency.

Who to contact if interested in applying: 

Global Family Medicine Pathway
Director: Therese Zink, MD, MPH 
Coordinator: Erik Solberg, MA, MEd, 612-626-3124