Resident Life in Minnesota
Reasons why you should choose Regions Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency
Regions Emergency Medicine residents originate from all throughout the country and internationally, and whether we are discovering the appeals of Minnesota for the first time in residency or have always called it home, we all share a love for the down-to-earth, welcoming atmosphere of the Regions Emergency Medicine program. The Land of 10,000 Lakes has a tremendous amount to offer and we are fortunate to explore and enjoy it all in the midst of residency training. We are from the Midwest, certainly, but also from Virginia, Florida, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, California, and the UK, and all of us represent a wide array of interests in activities, hobbies, and future career paths.
Regions Emergency Medicine is a phenomenal, well-respected residency program, located in a livable, bikeable city containing countless lakes and parks, that is only a short drive away from mountain biking trails and even more lakes. The Twin Cities are consistently ranked in the top 10 biking cities in the country, and have a thriving food scene with an impressive diversity in offerings of ethnic foods, and offer a selection of excellent breweries. Our residency has a large canine family as well, and the Twin Cities are quite dog-friendly. The Mall of America is just a few minutes away, next to the international airport, making traveling just a little easier with many direct flights offered.
Minnesota is the Land of 10,000 Lakes – 11,842 to be exact – and boasts shoreline along the North Shore of Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in North America. The North Shore is a popular vacation, hiking, mountain biking, and camping destination, and campgrounds book up quickly, and for good reason! There are 60 miles of mountain biking trails within a two hour radius of the twin cities. For those looking for a day on the paddle board or jet ski, or a day of fishing, sailing, or swimming, there are 90,000 miles of shoreline in Minnesota, more than the shoreline of California, Florida, and Hawaii combined. All those lakes turn into winter playgrounds for ice fishing and ice skating, and Minnesotans also take advantage of winter sports including cross country skiing, winter fat tire biking, and downhill skiing at Afton Alps, Buck Hill (the birthplace of Lindsay Vonn’s skiing career), or up north at Lutsen.
Regions Emergency Medicine is a special residency program. Everyone – fellow residents, faculty, residency staff – becomes your family. One major reason many of us chose this residency was for the quality of our faculty, all of whom are incredible. They are friendly and supportive, and promote an atmosphere where we can reach out at any time, and they become our friends. They are genuine and devoted to teaching, and many of our faculty are graduates of the Regions EM residency as well. The camaraderie between residents and faculty is truly special. In addition, our faculty are doing some impressive work in the research world. Also, mobile ECMO has become an institution in the Twin Cities and at Regions Hospital, of which a few of our key faculty have been intricately involved. Our toxicology attendings are brilliant, and our toxicology rotation in intern year is consistently one of the favorite off-service rotations throughout residency. We have faculty from basically every EM subspecialty including Toxicology, Ultrasound, EMS, Sports Medicine, Quality, Global Health, Palliative Care, Hyperbarics, Simulation, and Critical Care. We also have faculty very interested in Wilderness Medicine, and our organization runs a Pediatric EM fellowship working closely with multiple pediatric EDs in the Twin Cities.
The Regions EM residency truly cares about us residents. Our resident room has coffee stocked as well as food for night-shift residents. Parking is free, and we have an enclosed walkway from the parking garage to the hospital allowing us to walk inside the entire time, especially valued in the winter. We are provided with a generous food stipend that we can utilize at both the hospital cafeteria and at the cafe in the hospital. The residency sponsors a retreat once a year for residents and faculty. The inter-resident support system is incredibly strong, and any fellow resident will be there at any time for you. This is a family friendly residency, and quite a few residents in the past and currently have welcomed new additions into their family with complete support from the residency program and faculty, as well as their co-residents. Some of our perks include staffing concerts and Minnesota Wild games, and serving as airway doctors with an attending on the sidelines of Vikings games in third year.
Regions EM Residency offers a family for you during residency while you train in the state of Minnesota. The scenery, charm, outdoor activities, urban appeal, major shopping center and very accessible international airport make for a great place to work and play. While Minnesota has much to offer as a place to live, it truly is the people that make up Regions Emergency Medicine Residency that make it such a special place to train. From our amazing Program Coordinator and Program Manager, to our Program Director and Assistant Program Directors, to every faculty member, and our fellow residents, Regions EM is one big family that we are fortunate to be a part of and proud to train alongside of and learn from.
– The Regions Emergency Medicine Residents
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