Office of Graduate Medical Education at the University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota has a long tradition of post-graduate training in nearly all of the medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties. The Medical School sponsors over eighty residency and fellowship programs at nearly every hospital in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul) and numerous urban and rural clinics and hospitals in Minnesota. This website will link you to programs of interest and provide you with information about our residency and fellowship programs.
John S. Andrews, MD
Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education
GME Annual Report
Basic GME Numbers (as of 3/11/2014):
- Total number of GME trainees: 983
- 756 medical residents
- 227 medical fellows
- 81 accredited programs
GME BULLETIN BOARD
Betsy Wehrwein - Recipient of the University of Minnesota GME Program Coordinator Excellence Award
Betsy Wehrwein is the recipient of the 2014 University of Minnesota GME Program Coordinator Excellence Award. This prestigious award was presented to Ms. Wehrwein at GME Grand Rounds on June 10, 2014. Ms Wehrwein has been the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Coordinator since 2008. We appreciate Ms. Wehrwein's dedication to operational excellence and her accomplishments towards broadening the reach of her program both locally and nationally. Please join us in congratulating Ms. Wehrwein on this tremendous achievement.
GME OFFICE MOVE
We moved! GME Administration is now located in the 2nd floor of the Mayo Building (the former Medical School Admission Office space):
G254 Mayo Building, MMC 293
420 Delaware Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
This space is located along the corridor on the 2nd floor connecting the Mayo Building to Phillips-Wangensteen Building, on the same side of the hall and just next door to the Medical Devices Center. Our mailing address, as well as all individual phone numbers and email addresses, will remain the same. For more exact office location information, please see the GME Administration webpage.
NEW - Transition to Practice Session: "Practice Options" Tuesday September 9, 2014, 5-125 Moos Tower
Please join us for a special Transition to Practice Session featuring the following topics as related to "Practice Options:"
- What are my Practice Options?
- Contract Negotiations
Where: 5-125 Moos Tower (directions to room location)
When: Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014; Check-in begins at 5:30 PM; session is from 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Light dinner will be served. We hope you can attend!
More information on the "Transition to Practice" program can be found on the Transition to Practice webpage.
INFORMATION--GME New Resident/Fellow Orientation for 2014
GME Orientation for new residents/fellows who started in June and July was held on both June 17 and July 2, 2014. Details on the speakers and topics, as well as links to any presentations and related handouts, can be found on the GME Orientation webpage.
If you have trainees that missed orientation or started off-cycle, please see the GME Orientation webpage section "Off Cycle Trainees" for related information and materials.
NEW--2015 GME Orientation for New Residents/Fellows: Dates Announced
GME orientation for all new residents/fellows will be held on June 17 and July 1, 2015. More details and location information will be shared on the GME Orientation webpage as information is made available. Please contact Erica King with any questions.
ACGME--Department of Field Activities
Site Visits after July 1, 2013
After July 1, 2013, all site visits for programs with a status of Continued Accreditation, including for both Phase I and Phase II specialty programs, will be conducted without a Program Information Form (PIF). Programs with Initial Accreditation scheduled for a site visit to transition into the Next Accreditation System (NAS) will be expected to update the specialty-specific portion of their application documents. More detailed information can be found on the ACGME’s NAS microsite
in an updated FAQ on accreditation site visits. The ACGME has also recently updated the FAQ on new program applications, mergers, and transfers of sponsorship.
Minnesota Needs Doctors Website
In an ongoing concerted effort to generate awareness on the graduate medical education (GME) funding shortage and eventual resulting imminent doctor shortage, MMCGME Services and the MMCGME Advocacy Committee developed a communication strategy to promote understanding and inspire action. Due to the complexity of the issue and recurring community questions, MinnesotaNeedsDoctors.org was created as a way to provide information and allow people to share their experiences. The website includes a collection of testimonials which reinforce the importance of GME funding and make it a community conversation.
How you can help:
1. Contact your state legislators and urge them to protect state funding for GME.
2. Write a letter to your newspaper about the need to invest in GME.
3. Visit www.minnesotaneedsdoctors.org and share your testimonial on how the doctor shortage has impacted you or your community.
4. Tweet about your experience and use the hashtag: #MNneedsDocs
5. Share the www.minnesotaneedsdoctors.org website via email and social media sites.
If you would like additional information or have suggestions on ways to help, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Changes Announced to Structure of USMLE Step 3--effective 2014
As previously announced, changes to the Step 3 examination will occur in 2014.
The current Step 3 examination is administered in two 8-hour test sessions, which must be taken on consecutive days. The restructured examination will also be two test days; however, examinees will be able to schedule the two test days on non-consecutive days. The examination days will consist of the following:
Step 3 Foundations of Independent Practice (FIP): this test day will focus on assessment of knowledge of foundational medicine and science essential for effective health care. Content areas covered will include applying foundational sciences; biostatistics, epidemiology/population health, and interpretation of the medical literature; and social sciences, including communication and interpersonal skills, medical ethics, and systems-based practice/patient safety. The test day will also include some content assessing knowledge of diagnosis and management. This test day will consist solely of multiple-choice questions and will include some of the newer item formats, such as those based on scientific abstracts and pharmaceutical advertisements.
Step 3 Advanced Clinical Medicine (ACM): this test day will focus on assessment of applying comprehensive knowledge of health and disease in the context of patient management. Content areas covered will include assessment of knowledge of history and physical examination, diagnosis and use of diagnostic studies, prognosis/outcome, health maintenance/screening, therapeutics, and medical decision-making. This test day will include multiple-choice questions and computer-based case simulations.
A single score (with graphical performance profile information) and a single pass/fail outcome will be reported following completion of both examination days.
The restructured Step 3 examination will be administered beginning November, 2014. During an approximately one-month period (October, 2014), it is likely that no Step 3 examinations will be administered.
Practice materials for the restructured examinations will be posted to the USMLE website in mid-2014. Examinees should anticipate a score delay following the introduction of the restructured examinations. Additional information will be posted as soon as it is available.
Please click here to view the announcement on the USMLE website.