Welcome to the HealthPartners Institute/Regions Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency Program website!

Our residency program has a strong national reputation and a proud history of matching top medical students who will become outstanding emergency physicians.  At Regions Hospital, we are excited to train compassionate, hard-working residents who are eager to learn. We provide a friendly, educational atmosphere in which our residents can discover the breadth and depth of Emergency Medicine, while also pursuing their unique career pathways with mentorship.   As a result of the diverse educational experiences at Regions, many of our residents match into fellowships or assume leadership positions early in their careers.  Started in 1996, our well established residency is a PGY 1-3 residency with 11 residents per class and is sponsored by the HealthPartners Institute.

We are excited to train the next generation of humanistic emergency physicians!

Some highlights of training at Regions:

  • Early procedural experience – In the ED the PGY-I EM residents manage all of our medical airways, our PGY-II EM residents manage all of the trauma airways and our PGY-III EM residents are the team leaders during medical and pediatric codes and trauma team activations.  This provides a longitudinal experience caring for critically ill patients over 3 years.  We strive to get our PGY-I and PGY-II residents as many resuscitative procedures as possible so they achieve early procedural competency and focus on teaching and supervising procedures during their PGY-III year.
  • A focus on critical care – In addition to the critical care experiences in our ED, the residents get to experience 6 weeks of SICU each year, one month in the MICU in each of the first two years, and time in the PICU during your second year.
  • Fantastic Emergency Medicine faculty that provide outstanding teaching and feedback during your EM shifts.
  • Advanced sub-specialty training through exposure to our HealthPartners Institute/Regions Hospital-based fellowships in Medical Toxicology, EMS, Ultrasound, Quality and Patient Safety, International Medicine and Pediatric Emergency Medicine.  Residents have exceptional opportunities such as Associate Director of an EMS service or Quality and Patient Safety team.
  • Work in the Regions Hospital Emergency Department – we have a critical role in emergency care throughout the Twin Cities, Western Wisconsin and the entire upper Midwest.  Regions is a Level-1 Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center, regional burn center and recognized heart and stroke center. It was the first level-1 Pediatric Trauma Center in the Midwest.  2019 ED data included ~89,000 visits with a 23% admission rate in an ED with 57 treatment rooms and 50,000 square feet of clinical space.
  • Learn in a Center of Excellence – Regions ED was the first U.S. academic medical center and the fourth hospital overall to qualify as an Emergency Center of Excellence. Eligibility for the Emergency Center of Excellence is based on the results of over 100 key performance indicators and compares hospitals on emergency department performance.
  • Experience a unique blend of a community, urban, and university based program all at one site.  Until 1998, Regions Hospital was St. Paul-Ramsey (County) Medical Center, and still functions in many ways as the county hospital for our area.  HealthPartners purchased the hospital in the 1990s and has made it the center of their forward thinking healthcare network.  All Regions EMD faculty have academic appointments with the University of Minnesota Department of Emergency Medicine.
  • Wide range of research opportunities: clinical (with our Critical Care Research Consortium at Regions), academic/educational with our subspecialty areas, or systems based/population health (with the HealthPartners Institute).
  • Train in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Minnesotans are active, friendly people and Minnesota is a great place to live, work, and learn. The Twin Cities has an incredibly diverse patient population and the quality of living is second to none!
  • An emphasis on resident education and wellness which is supported by our ACGME resident survey results. We provide a positive, supportive, resident-centered learning environment.

To learn more about our program, check out our most recent annual report.

If you are a student interested in rotating with us at Regions, click this link to learn more about our student program and rotation opportunities in Emergency Medicine, Toxicology and Ultrasound.

If you have any questions that we can help you with, feel free to contact us!  I’ll close with a quote from some of our recent chief residents regarding their experience here at Regions, “We believe that our unique location, extensive critical care experience, and focus on resident wellness, combined with our experienced faculty, are just a few of the many features that make the residency program a great place to train!”.

We hope you enjoy the website and look forward to getting a chance to meet you!

Brad Hernandez, MD (Assistant Program Director); Kelly Barringer, MD (Assistant Program Director); Cullen Hegarty, MD (Program Director); Jenna Wilkinson, MD (Assistant Program Director)