Mankato Longitudinal Curriculum

Longitudinal Rotations

Most longitudinal rotations are integrated into the entire three year program.

Behavioral health

Behavioral health

Location: MCHS Eastridge Clinic                  

Throughout all three years of training, residents see their own patients while in the Family Medicine Residency Clinic with psychology consultation and training provided via precepting and integrated care. Our clinic’s integrated behavioral health model means that residents co-manage their patients jointly with psychologists or therapists and behavioral health practitioners may see patients in the room alongside residents. This allows the integrated behavioral health team to both model and supervise patient assessment and intervention.

Community medicine/population health

Community medicine/population health

Location: Various facilities within Mankato and surrounding area

The four distinct components to teaching population health include the domains of

  1. Public health
  2. Community engagement
  3. Critical thinking
  4. Team skills

By focusing on these domains, the resident will attain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to care for patients within the context of the integrated medical neighborhood.  

Ethics and cultural competence

Ethics and cultural competence

This section of the curriculum does not involve a clinical rotation, but rather, is a continuous emphasis throughout residents’ three years of training. Discussing ethical principles related to patient care is an important aspect of each clinical rotation. Faculty and attending staff incorporate discussion of relevant ethical principles as they are pertinent to patient care. Additionally, residents participate in noon seminars related to ethics bimonthly.

Family medicine, continuity care

Family medicine, continuity care

Location: MCHS Eastridge Clinic

While the residents’ acquisition of knowledge, skills, and attitudes of family medicine will take place during all curricular elements, the primary setting for this training is in the Family Medicine Clinic, as residents provide continuing, comprehensive care to their panels of patients.

  • PGY1: one to two half days per week-there isn’t a PGY1 family medicine rotation, however continuity clinic occurs during all rotations
  • PGY2: three to five half days per week
  • PGY3: three to five half days per week

Geriatrics

Geriatrics

Location: Janesville Nursing Home or Laurel’s Peak, determined by team assignment

Length: one half day per month on selected Tuesday morning for three-year program duration

Geriatric training is longitudinal, allowing residents to maintain continuity of care throughout all three years of training. Geriatric training occurs through the residents’ continuity of care patient panel in the family medicine center, general hospital service, nursing home continuity of care experience, and during clinical rotations. Residents care for geriatric patients and manage acute illnesses and injuries, chronic illnesses, disease prevention, health promotion, and end of life issues. This includes instruction in the physiological changes of aging, pharmacokinetics in the elderly, functional assessment of the elderly, extended care facility management, Hospice, and home care.

Long-term care rounds are scheduled one half day per month on a Tuesday morning, potentially totaling 144 hours over three years. Each resident is assigned to one of four teams that follow patients at one of three community-based sites. Residents have geriatric patients assigned to them and assume the role of primary care provider for these patients.

Family medicine/inpatient teaching service

Family medicine/inpatient teaching service

Location: MCHS Hospital, Mankato

This is the main inpatient rotation for all three years of training; three blocks in PGY1 and four weeks in PGY2 and PGY3. Residents on the inpatient service are required to carry a minimum average of five adult patients daily. G2 and G3 residents have the added responsibility of assisting and mentoring G1 residents. Residents are supervised by the hospitalists and family physicians to which they are assigned.

Newborn nursery rounding service

Newborn nursery rounding service

Location: MCHS Hospital, Mankato

The newborn nursery rounding service is done one week at a time. Residents round on all well newborns of the MCHS Eastridge, Northridge, and Lake Crystal clinic providers and any assigned newborns. This includes admissions, progress notes, discharges, and circumcisions. 

Each PGY1 is responsible for four sessions of weekend rounds.

Obstetrics, continuity

Obstetrics, continuity

Location: MCHS Hospital and Eastridge Clinic, Mankato

The longitudinal continuity OB care will occur during the entire three years at the Eastridge Family Medicine Clinic and at the hospital. Residents will assume responsibility for providing antenatal, natal, and postnatal care on a continual basis to their patients. These patients will be derived from the panel of patients each resident develops at their Family Medicine Clinic.

For those who choose to not do deliveries in practice after residency it is highly recommended that you share your continuity OB patients with another resident who is planning on doing OB deliveries after residency. You and your sharing resident will be required to follow your continuity OB patient’s prenatal course.

Share Care
Resident continuity OB patients will participate in the Share Care model of OB care for prenatal care, but will be delivered by the resident with direct supervision by either the MCHS OB on-call physician or the UMN Family Medicine OB faculty.

Call
For the longitudinal OB rotation PGY2 and PGY3 residents will take call from home. This can be together with family medicine call. Residents will cover all residency OB patients when their primary resident physician cannot be available. 

Practice management

Practice management

Location: MCHS Hospital and Clinics

The University of Minnesota Mankato Family Medicine Residency Program has developed a curriculum with a combination of didactic instruction and practical experience focused primarily in the second year at the Eastridge MCHS Clinic. This will occur through several organized activities:

  • Didactic lectures
  • Hands-on practice management in the MCHS Mankato organization,
  • Leadership experience through sessions with MCHS leaders
  • Leading resident team meetings with fellow residents and clinic nurses
  • Practice management course offered by the University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine

Osteopathic Recognition Track Curriculum

Our residency program has osteopathic recognition through the ACGME. We have a rich culture of teaching osteopathic principles and practices as well as providing clinical experience for incorporating OMT into daily family medicine practice. All of our DO residents participate in our formal osteopathic track. Our MD residents have the opportunity to participate in osteopathic-focused education throughout their residency and if desired can enroll in our formal osteopathic track as well.

Residents receive training in a variety of settings:
  • Ambulatory family medicine clinic – longitudinal
  • Inpatient family medicine – longitudinal
  • Nursing home - longitudinal
  • Neurosciences rotation
  • Sports medicine rotation
  • Mankato Marathon – osteopathic finish line
Didactic training throughout residency includes:
  • Local OMT workshops/procedure labs
  • UMN OMT workshop
  • Bimonthly didactics/case series
  • Yearly FDM module

We offer opportunities for teaching and scholarly activity within our osteopathic track and have a variety of resources including OMT tables, patient teaching aids, journal memberships, and more.

Osteopathic Requirements

Residents that have graduated from an allopathic medical school will have the opportunity to participate in osteopathic-focused education throughout their residency.

To enroll in the osteopathic track, the following requirements must be met:

  • Complete a minimum of 120 hours of instruction in osteopathic philosophy and techniques in manipulative medicine before beginning residency. At least a portion of the hours should be formally accredited instruction (AOA, AACOM, ACOFP)
  • A personal statement explaining interest in an osteopathic track
  • Letter of recommendation from an osteopathic physician who actively performs OMT in their practice
  • Successful completion of an interview with a member of the osteopathic faculty
  • Successful completion of a written exam covering OPP
  • Successful completion of the program’s OMT competency performance evaluation
  • Recommendation from the local program director to join the osteopathic track