Methodist Community Health Curriculum

Community health is learned longitudinally throughout all three years of residency and more intensively during the community health rotation. The goal of the community health experience is to:

  • Independently assess community, environmental, and family influences on the health of patients
  • Be responsive to the larger context and system of health care
  • Call effectively on other resources in the system to provide optimal health care.

Longitudinal curriculum

  • Factors adding richness to the community health experience:
  • Our socioeconomically and culturally diverse clinic population, which includes immigrants and families from around the country and world
  • Third-year residents practice at a free walk-in clinic
  • Two days at the Minnesota Department of Health, learning about epidemiology and health department services
  • Online virtual community-oriented primary care project

Block rotation

Third-year residents participate in a month-long, self-designed community health rotation. Residents define a community, identify the components of community health in that setting and how they are integrated into a family medicine practice. At the conclusion of the month, residents present findings at a noon conference.

Community health course

Each resident attends the Community Health course with other UMN family medicine residents, sponsored by UMN Family Medicine and Community Health. The course focuses on current and historical systems and their sequela that impact the health and wellness of communities. Residents engage in skill building to address these challenges and develop tools for career-long engagement to work with and alongside all the communities we serve.