North Memorial Electives

Electives help residents personalize their training, taking into account future practice needs.

Senior residents enjoy up to 28 weeks of elective time over two years. Four weeks in each second- and third-year are reserved for “away” time, allowing residents to travel and explore other opportunities.

Our elective catalog has been developed by residents, faculty, and administration to include more than 40 options. A sampling of electives follow:

  • Eating disorders
  • Rheumatology
  • Acute injury
  • Research
  • Sexual health
  • Teaching

Rural electives

While our clinic is deeply rooted in North Minneapolis, 30% of our graduates practice in rural settings. To support these interests, our residents enjoy rural elective opportunities. Many of these electives can be completed while maintaining continuity clinics, allowing residents to complete additional “away” electives. Options include the following:

  • ER (sites in Ely, Deer River, and Wyoming, Minnesota)
  • Family medicine and Native American health in Grand Marais, Minnesota
  • Obstetrics in Alexandria, Minnesota
  • Sports medicine in Aitkin, Minnesota (new for 2016-17 year)

Many residents are motivated to set up new rural, regional, national, and international rotations. Residents are also encouraged to develop local electives that meet their own educational objectives. Supportive advising and administration help make this possible.