The Duluth Family Medicine Residency Program has trained family medicine physicians for 40 years. This community-based residency program is a collaborative effort between Essentia Health, St. Luke’s Hospital, and our sponsoring academic institution, the University of Minnesota.

The program focuses on developing and preparing collaborative, rural-ready, full-spectrum family medicine physicians. The majority of our graduates practice in communities with populations less than 25,000. Our program features an independent continuity clinic, and most clinical rotations are hosted at our primary training sites: Essentia Health – St. Mary’s Medical Center, Essentia Health – Duluth Clinic and St. Luke’s Hospital.

Essentia Health assumed management responsibility for both the clinic operations and residency program on July 1, 2012. As part of its mission to develop the rural primary care workforce, the Essentia Institute of Rural Health provides oversight of the residency’s educational component in collaboration with the University of Minnesota. Essentia Health, St. Luke’s Hospital and the University of Minnesota continue to fund and support this program.