For over four decades, the Duluth Family Medicine Residency has been dedicated to educating compassionate, empowered, and skilled family physicians, preparing them to be the foundation of healthy communities. Our physicians will be leaders and innovators. They will focus on service to rural and underserved communities and be fully prepared to provide high-quality care in all settings. Our two training hospitals are regional referral centers for Northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Both sites are within walking distance of our independent community clinic. As the only stand-alone residency program in the Northern Minnesota region, Duluth provides supportive and direct training from multiple specialty groups that value the dedication and aptitude of our family medicine residents.

Most of our residents go on to practice in rural communities with populations of 25,000 or less. The program focuses on developing and preparing collaborative, rural-ready, full-spectrum family medicine physicians. Our clinic is deeply rooted in the surrounding community and serves a socioeconomic diverse patient base. The hospital training sites are regional hubs within walking distance of the clinic:  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.