A tradition of exceptional medical care and innovation

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I am a general pediatrician practicing in Hutchinson, Minnesota. I was born and raised in Hutchinson, so when the opportunity arose to practice here, I was eager to return. I did my undergraduate education at Iowa State University majoring in psychology and minoring in biology. I chose to attend the University of Minnesota - Duluth campus for my first two years of medical education. Having grown up in a smaller community, I felt more comfortable with the smaller class size and emphasis on rural primary care.

At the Duluth campus, we were very well known by our professors and very close to our fellow classmates. There was an opportunity to engage in patient care early on in our studies. I met my husband there and together we transferred to the Twin Cities campus in the spring of 2004 to complete the last two years of medical school. The University of Minnesota Medical School does a phenomenal job in creating new physicians. There is a tradition of exceptional medical care and innovation. So when it came time to choose a residency program, I felt that the University’s pediatrics program was for me. I finished my three years of pediatric residency in 2009, and felt that it gave me a solid foundation for general pediatric practice. I chose to stay an extra year with the program as chief resident. I take pride in the fact that I graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and the University of Minnesota Pediatrics Residency Program. Medical education in Minnesota is respected and continues to produce outstanding physicians.

- Dr. Erin Knudtson, Hutchinson, Minnesota