UMN Medical Center Electives

We support residents in creating electives to help them pursue their personal interests and achieve their individual goals. Whether it’s research, sports medicine, procedures, alternative medicine, or medical humanities, we have faculty excited to mentor and guide.

Additionally, longitudinal electives are available for residents interested in pursuing a particular interest during their second and third years. Examples include research, sports medicine, and vasectomy training.

Stock electives

We have an extensive list of pre-designed stock electives. Some are fully developed and do not require any planning time on the part of the residents, while others are partially developed and allow residents to participate in the planning of the elective.

  • Academic medicine
  • Adolescent medicine
  • Allergy and immunology
  • Alternative medicine
  • Diabetes care (adolescent)
  • Gastroenterology
  • Humanities and ethics
  • Infectious disease
  • OB (away with a high-risk population)
  • Pain management
  • Palliative care
  • Parenting
  • Rheumatology
  • Sexual medicine
  • Sports medicine
  • Sports medicine at USA Soccer Cup
  • Surgery (ambulatory)
  • Urgent care
  • Wellness and self-care

Resident-planned electives

Through partnership of the University of Minnesota Medical Center—a quaternary facility and the primary teaching site for the University of Minnesota Medical School—the possibilities for elective rotations are limitless.

Residents have also planned electives in other areas of the United States and abroad.

International electives

Many residents use personal connections to help establish international electives.

For those who need more support, we offer the University of Minnesota International Medical Education and Research Program (IMER). IMER has affiliate relationships with medical schools and hospitals across the globe, including in Africa, China, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Latin America, and Scandinavia.

Global Family Medicine

Global Family Medicine is an elective curricular experience where residents participate in structured international experiences to gain the skills and knowledge to care for our global citizens and communities.