Clinical Rotation - For "Hands On" Experiences

Clinical Rotations are very limited on both campuses due to the contractual agreements currently in place with the University of Minnesota and other training programs.

Additional opportunities for clinical rotations are offered, but are at the discretion of the Medical Education Department Staff and may be affected by time of year, expected housestaff assignments, and individual educational/clinical historic performance. See below for the process of securing this type of rotation – please be aware that you must make the arrangements with the professional staff member who will act as your preceptor. Medical Education Staff cannot solicit these opportunities on your behalf.

If you are interested in obtaining a clinical rotation on either the St. Paul or Minneapolis campus:

You must identify and secure a Children's professional staff mamber who is available to act as your preceptor. This person must contact the GME office to verify their commitment to precept and discuss the details of your rotation.

  1. If a rotation is available, AND you have an agreement in place with a staff member to act as your preceptor, THEN the GME coordinator will outline the procedure to implement a contract with your educational program. A PLA/contract is mandatory for ALL clinical rotations. Your clinical coordinator may be able to tell you it there is a current agreement on file.
  2. If your educational institution does not already have an agreement with Children's, there are several components that need to be completed prior to an acceptance. Understand that you must currently be enrolled in an accredited training program and have passed the necessary examinations/competencies for your level of training. Your clinical coordinator will need to be in touch with the GME office at Children's to get an affiliation agreement executed. It is best to plan for your desired rotation 6 to 12 months in advance in order to obtain approval and compile the necessary information.
  3. Receive final approval from the Graduate Medical Education department at Children's.
  4. Finalize dates of rotation and details with your preceptor and copy the information to the GME coordinator at Children's.

For a clinical rotation on either campus, Children's must have on file:

  1. A Program Letter of Agreement (PLA) or contract agreement from your program, if applicable.
  2. Confirmation of preceptorship from the Children's professional staff member who will accept responsibility for your training here.
  3. Required documentation for your level of training through the medical education online enrollment system.

After all of the requirements have been satisfied and all documentation is received, pleace contact GME coordinator at the campus on which you will be working to discuss details of the rotation - please note that the preceptoris your contact for expectations, orientation, and schedule for the rotation.

  • St. Paul - (651) 220-6130
  • Minneapolis - (612) 813-6206

Levels of training defined:

  • Fellows is a Physician who is generally fully trained in a speciality who is participating in a subspecialty fellowship program.
  • Resident is a medical school graduate who is currently in training in an internal or affiliated reidency program at the Hospital. The first year of residency is sometimes referred to as the Internship year.
  • Medical student is a student currently enrolled in an accredited medical school who is participating in a clerkship, elective, preceptorship, or observership, and who is registered with the Department of Medical Education.
  • Physician Assistant (PA) Student is a student currently enrolled in an accredited Physician Assistant training program.

Foreign Medical Graduate

It is with regret that the Medical Education Department of Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota can no longer accept applications for externships to rotate on the inpatient/wards rotation on either the St. Paul or the Minneapolis Campuses. We can only accept externs at the request of an accredited training institution. The institution will need to review the foreign medical graduates status for acceptance into that training institution.

POLICY ON GRADUATE EDUCATION (Board Approved 12-11-14)

Mentorships are short educational experiences, generally sixty (60) days or less, at the Hospital Sites for individuals fully trained in the disciplines that comprise the Professional Staff or Individuals with Privileges.


  • “Mentee” is a fully trained professional who engages in an educational and/or training program to update, refresh, or enhance the professional’s cognitive or procedural clinical skills. A Mentee need not be a Member of the Professional Staff, nor hold clinical privileges, but must be licensed.
  • "Mentor” is a fully trained professional who engages in the education and/or training of another professional in a skill in which the Mentor is currently competent. A Mentor must have been granted the clinical privileges required to provide education and/or training involving the care, treatment, and/or services of patients at or for the Hospital.