The UND Center for Family Medicine residency program in Minot opened its doors in 1975, graduating its first residents in 1977.
Since then we have trained many fine physicians who have gone on to careers in primary care, geriatrics, sports medicine, hospitalist medicine, and academic medicine. Many of our residents go directly into clinical careers, while some choose to pursue fellowships. Our faculty is passionate about training physicians who can practice full-spectrum primary care including OB and a wide variety of procedures. One significant advantage is that our program is unopposed. The family medicine resident physicians are the first priority of the core and community faculty. With a faculty-to-resident ratio on rotations of one-to-one, the educational experience is excellent.
There are also considerable opportunities for personalizing the educational experiences. Residents completing core requirements in good standing have chosen to participate in additional training experiences in colonoscopy, sports medicine, and obstetrical care including extra training in cesarean section. Residents have many opportunities to develop teaching skills. From journal club and noon conference didactics, high school and community lectures, and presenting at conferences to serving as clinical chief resident, supervising interns, and participating in orientation, our residents hone their teaching skills in a variety of situations.
Our program is administered by the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences, a national leader in training family physicians. UNDSMHS has ranked #1 in the percentage of graduating medical students choosing family medicine as a specialty. We have a strong commitment to training physicians who will fill the healthcare needs in the Midwest. Third and fourth year medical students are trained on the UND Northwest Campus located in Minot.
The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Resident selection is made through the National Resident Matching Program. Our application criteria and process can be found here. Core faculty includes four family physicians and one clinical psychologist. In addition, more than 100 community faculty participate in the teaching program. Our clinic was built in 2005 and includes an onsite lab, radiology, and pharmacy. Our sponsoring institution, Trinity Health, has a 428-bed hospital with a 230-bed nursing home. A level II Trauma Center, Trinity Hospital moved into its brand new state-of-the-art medical facility in April 2023. It is the referral center for many regional and critical access hospitals. With a catchment area of 16 counties (about 20,000 square miles), Trinity is able to support many specialist physicians and provide many more services than might be anticipated from a community this size. Trinity's 200+ physicians provide a wide variety of comprehensive services. In addition, Trinity has recently joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network. This provides opportunities for collaboration with the specialists and resources at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.