University of Minnesota/St Joseph's Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program

Contact Information

University of Minnesota/St Joseph's Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program
580 Rice Street
St Paul, Minnesota, 55103
(651) 227-6551

Description of Program

We have 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. Our connection with the University of Minnesota provides international educational opportunities, including the Global Family Medicine Pathway, which is available to family medicine residents in the University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health Residency Programs

Location(s) of 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 are available. Our residents have had experiences in Asia, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Africa. 

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

Additionally, residents who have participated in an international experience are asked to give a didactic presentation to the group about their experience. Our program faculty regularly give didactic talks about international experiences and diseases.

Cost to individual resident: Travel, room and board. Residents are provided a stipend if the resident completes the pathway curriculum and project. Otherwise, many sites will provide food and lodging, leaving the resident to cover travel costs.

Number of residents who have participated in the last two years: The Global pathway program started 2011. Prior to this program, our residency has had one to three residents each year participating.

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? No.

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 and third years of residency. These rotations are arranged for the convenience of the resident and the accepting site.

Who to contact if interested in applying:

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

U of MN/St Joseph’s Hospital Family Medicine Residency:
Jim Van Vooren, MD or
Faith Norstrud, Program Coordinator
(651) 227-6551