Duluth Campus


The University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus was founded in 1972 to serve the needs of rural Minnesota and Native American communities. As a mission-based campus, we are proven leaders in the areas of primary care, rural medicine, and training Native American physicians.

  • #4 in rural medicine (2016 U.S. News & World Report)
  • #10 in primary care (2016 U.S. News & World Report)
  • 44% of our alumni practicing in communities with populations under 25,000
  • Graduated the second largest number of American Indian physicians

Our mission

The mission of the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus is to be a leader in educating physicians dedicated to family medicine, to serve the health care needs of rural Minnesota and American Indian communities, and discover and disseminate knowledge through research.


We admit a small class of 60 students each year. Through standard coursework and specialized one-on-one clinical teaching experiences, our students are trained to deliver expert care for rural and Native American communities. After two years in Duluth, our students have a variety of options for completing their medical education, including the Rural Physician Associate Program or clerkships in Duluth, Minneapolis, or St. Paul.


There are three main departments on the Duluth campus and over 130 faculty members. Our clinical faculty can be found throughout the state, and our on-campus faculty work primarily to educate undergraduate medical students and conduct research. Our faculty is supportive and tight-knit. We often interact with the Twin Cities campus remotely to continue engagement with the school's overall mission and goals, but we also work to nurture our students and remain leaders in our core mission areas.


Our research often relates to our mission, and connects with the broader Medical School research objectives. We study population health and ways to improve the lifespan and quality of life in Native American communities. We study Lyme disease, rural mental health, and cancer cell behavior. We work closely with the Duluth Medical Research Institute to facilitate our clinical and academic work, and to improve access to medical science discovery on a broader scale.

Campus life

Hassle is a word we don't really hear up in Duluth. Getting to campus couldn't be easier, with plenty of parking and many students choosing to live right across the street. Our faculty and staff are more than approachable, they're friends and allies to the students who come here. We're all really more like family, active students and alumni alike. The city is vibrant and fun, with a lot of history and some truly amazing food. The beauty of the North Shore can't be beat, and for anyone who loves the outdoors, there's plenty to see and do near Duluth.



Paula Termuhlen, MD
Regional Campus Dean

Assistant/Associate Deans

Raymond G. Christensen, MD
Associate Dean for Rural Health

Alan M. Johns, MD, MEd
Associate Dean for Curriculum, Medical Education and Technology

Robin L. Michaels, PhD
Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions

Kendall B. Wallace, PhD
Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs


Centers and institutes

Donor relations

Donor relations

Heather Heart
Director of Development—Medical School Duluth campus

Faculty and staff resources

 Paul Termuhlen

Regional Campus Dean
Paula Termuhlen, MD

Note from the dean

In addition to our faculty and staff of 130, some 300 Minnesota physicians teach our students on campus in Duluth or in hospitals and clinics around the state. Our faculty members include research scientists investigating important medical questions related to the health of rural and Native American communities.

Welcome to a team focused on the health of people in Greater Minnesota and Native American communities.

Paula Termuhlen, MD
Regional Campus Dean