Student Program

Medical Student Programs


Teaching Emergency Medicine to medical students is one of this department’s primary objectives.

The primary goal of our EM rotation is to offer students an opportunity to develop an broad understanding of the fundamentals of emergency medicine.  This is accomplished by extensive exposure to our diverse patient population.  We provide medical students with the opportunity to be the first provider to evaluate the undifferentiated emergency department patient, synthesize a differential diagnosis/plan and receive feedback on their clinical performance at the conclusion of each shift.

Regions Hospital

Regions Hospital is a Level-1 trauma center for adult and pediatric patients, certified burn center, certified stroke center and are recognized by Healthgrades® as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals.  The emergency department had 89,000 patient visits in 2018.  Formerly known as Ramsey County Medical Center, Regions is the safety net hospital for the east metropolitan area which has a long tradition of education of both residents and medical students.  It remains one of the largest teaching sites for University of Minnesota residents and medical students.

Please contact Brad Hernandez, MD (Bradley[ DOT ] S [ DOT ] Hernandez [ AT ] healthpartners [ DOT ] com) with any questions.

Our Commitment

We recognize that students need opportunity, responsibility and recognition in the course of their clinical rotations.  It is our goal to provide each student with a broad range of patient care situations encompassing acute medical and traumatic illnesses that he or she will be responsible for.  It is our hope that the student will learn to manage multiple concurrent patients, safely make medical decisions based on a limited amount of data, use time and cost-effective diagnostic studies and develop a sense of care priorities and patient flow.  Finally, we provide mentorship and advising to EM bound students about all aspects of the EM application process.

Online Curriculum

All recommended reading materials are available through CORD at the CDEM site  Workshop and conference schedules are accessible through the website.


Rotating students are offered four hands-on workshops designed to develop, “by doing”, a specific set of skills and techniques important in the emergency medicine arena.  The 4 rotating workshops are toxicology, eye (with slit lamp skill session), simulation and orthopedics (with splinting session).   In addition to the workshops, EM bound students in the advanced rotation receive an ultrasound tutorial, EMS ridealong, US guided IJ workshop, a nonclinical MSOD admin day and career planning workshop with Dr. Hegarty.


Student are required to attend weekly didactic conference.  Core student are required to attend 2.5 hours of conference per week and advanced student are required to attend 5 hours of conference per week.  A wide variety of emergency medicine topics are covered during these sessions. Students are held responsible for their attendance.

Mid-Rotation Meeting

At the beginning of the third week of the rotation each student and one of the course directors meet privately to review the student’s progress thus far.  During this session faculty suggestions and evaluation to date are discussed.  In the event that the student’s schedule does not allow an in person meeting a phone meeting can be arranged.

Final Examination

During the final week of our rotations a final examination is given to each student.  This examination tests the student’s knowledge of Emergency Medicine.

Final Meeting

A summative review session is given during the final week of the rotation.  During this session each student’s pre-rotation expectations are discussed, feedback is provided/solicited and advising/mentorship is offered.


Brad Hernandez, MD

Keith Henry, MD

Medical Student Rotations

Core Emergency Medicine

Please note: This course is only offered to University of Minnesota- Twin Cities Medical Students.

This rotation provides medical students with first-hand experience in dealing with emergency problems in our Level-1 Trauma Center. Students work with emergency medicine residents under supervision by board certified attending staff.

Advanced Emergency Medicine

The Advanced Emergency Medicine course at Regions Hospital is designed for medical students interested in pursuing a career in Emergency Medicine. During this 4 week sub-internship, EM bound students have the opportunity to work directly with the attending physician while completing all of the tasks expected of an EM intern. This heightened expectation includes: patient evaluation, presentation, generation of a differential diagnosis and plan, re-evaluation/updating, discharge, ancillary communication/admission, documentation and procedures. Each student will be assigned a faculty member with whom they will work multiple shifts to improve continuity of educational feedback and mentorship. Individual career advising with program leadership is also available to every student. In addition to approximately 12 Emergency Department shifts, students will have an administrative day (MSOD) where they participate in hospital committee meetings, learn about quality and perform a brief presentation. They will also be expected to attend weekly didactic conference and small group sessions, 4 weekly workshops (toxicology, simulation, ortho/splinting and eye/slit lamp exam) and participate in an EMS ride along. There is a final examination at the conclusion of the rotation. The goal of the rotation is to provide a broad based education on clinical EM and provide each student with the feeling of autonomy to manage an ED patient. We participate in the VSAS application process and accept advanced students from June – November. Student rotations start every 2 weeks during this block.

We are please to announce our Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship for underrepresented minority students outside the State of Minnesota. Contact Kristi Lamb for instructions on applying.

Apply through VSAS