Family Medicine Residency: Curriculum

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Full Spectrum Training Prepares Physicians for Urban, Rural, or Global Practice

About Our Curriculum

The Family Medicine curriculum incorporates the latest techniques, and builds on proven practices established during our program’s more than 40 year history. Residents take an active role in program development by participating on key committees and ad hoc groups. Our residents also benefit from HCMC’s structure as a multidisciplinary, academic healthcare system where all faculty are dedicated to teaching.

Our curriculum centers on hands-on procedural training, building leadership skills, and utilizing the latest in research and evidence-based care.


Family Medicine residents enjoy a weekly academic half-day (five hours) of protected time to focus on didactics, procedures, and research. Resident wellness and resilience is a top priority, and our curriculum incorporates stress management, mind-body medicine, and other holistic techniques across rotations.

Family Medicine Dr. Justin Corbin in front of bay Photo
  • Nationally recognized Staged Diabetes Management program.
  • Well developed Health Care Home program, launched and accredited in 2011 by the Minnesota Department of Health.
  • Procedural training in OB-GYN procedures, skin biopsies, colposcopies, sports injury casting, and more.
  • Certification in Integrative Medicine using curriculum developed by the University of Arizona Fellowship in Integrative Medicine.
  • Multifaceted CenteringPregnancy model for group prenatal care, designed to lower pre-term birth rates.
  • Urban and rural rotations, with opportunities for international rotations. View a blog from one of our residents, Dr. Justin Corbin, about his international rotation in Samoa.

What is the "community" in Community Medicine?

At HCMC FMR Community Medicine is not just a rotation, but a rich experience embedded in our rotations, didactic and longitudinal curriculum as well as the core mission of our hospital and affiliated clinics. We have specific learning goals in each of 4 areas that we view as essential to practicing excellent community medicine:

  • Health Principles
  • Cultural Skills and Community Engagement
  • Scholarship
  • Team Skills and Leadership

Curriculum for 2017-2018 Academic Year

Continuity Clinic at Whittier Clinic, 1-2 sessions per week
Family Medicine Inpatient Service, 4 blocks
Adult Medicine Inpatient, 2 blocks
Pediatrics, 2 blocks
Obstetrics, 1 block
Surgery, 1 block
Emergency Medicine, 1 block
Radiology/Community Medicine, 1 block
Psychiatry/Neurology, 1 block

Continuity clinic, 2-3 sessions per week
Family Medicine Inpatient Service, 3 blocks
Adult Medical Intensive Care, 1 block
Adolescent Medicine, 1 block
Ambulatory Surgery/Dermatology, 1 block
Preventive Medicine, 1 block
Peds ED, 1 block
Sports Medicine, 1 block
Geriatrics, 1 block
Emergency Medicine, 1 block
Elective, 2 blocks

Continuity clinic, 3-5 sessions per week
Family Medicine Inpatient Service, 2 blocks
Practice Readiness: Medical Home, 1 block
Children's Hospital Pediatrics, 1 block
Gynecology, 1 block
Surgical sub-specialties Urology/Ophthalmology/ENT/Oral Health, 1 block
Ambulatory Pediatrics, 1 block
Medical sub-specialties: Endocrinology, Rheumatology/ Pulmonology, 1 block
Orthopedics, 1 block
Community Medicine, 1 block
Selective, 1 block
Elective, 2 blocks