Program Information

Mission Statement
The La Crosse-Mayo Family Medicine Residency is built upon the Mayo tradition of excellence in patient care, medical education and research. We focus our efforts on caring for the whole person, treating every patient as a unique and valuable member of his or her family and community. Education in the art of medicine, combined with the latest in medical science, is central to our mission. Teamwork and respect between providers and patients are hallmarks of how we treat one another.

Program Goals
One of the goals of the La Crosse-Mayo Family Medicine Residency is to give residents the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for future practice, not only in small communities, but also for successful practice in an ever-changing medical environment. To achieve this, our outstanding residency-trained faculty members work closely with a highly motivated team of physicians, nurses, psychologists and others, each committed to training competent, caring family physicians.

Residents learn to focus on patients' individual needs and care for the whole person in the context of family and community. Throughout the entire curriculum, there is a focus on the concept of family systems and the biopsychosocial model is the cornerstone.

The provision of high quality medical care in the outpatient setting is of great importance and training in the clinic is an integral part of the program. Prevention and wellness are emphasized. This approach, presented in a supportive and nurturing environment, results in highly skilled, compassionate, caring physicians ready to meet the healthcare needs of our complex society. Our graduates are actively recruited, both regionally and nationally, and our program has a national reputation as a good place to learn family medicine.

Mayo Clinic Affiliation
The program is educationally affiliated with the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, one of the largest medical education facilities in the world with nearly 1600 residents and medical students. Opportunities for rotations at Mayo and other facilities are abundant, but out-of-town experiences are not required.

Through Mayo, residents have access to a vast array of resources. This offers the best of two worlds - a community-based program in a primary care-focused hospital, combined with the academic credibility of Mayo Clinic, with its world-wide reputation for excellence in graduate medical education. The La Crosse-Mayo Family Medicine Residency is the only residency at Franciscan Healthcare, so residents have primary access to patients on all services within the medical center.

The La Crosse-Mayo Family Practice Residency was initially accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in 1976, and currently maintains full accreditation. The program has received a five-year accreditation (which is the maximum time allowed) each of the past four reviews. The five-year accreditation is given only to those programs demonstrating excellence in graduate medical education.