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 6 | Emergency Medicine Residency 2022 Annual Report
Chief Residents
Annika Strand, MD, McKinzy Butler, MD, River Cook, MD and Liz DeYoung, DO Chief Residents 2022-2023
 We are excited to share with you some of the many aspects of our program that make Regions a great place to train. As a former county medical center, we continue to be a safety net hospital for patients within the St. Paul metropolitan area, greater Minnesota, and western Wisconsin. Although a community-based program, we have a unique blend of care with both strong ties to academia and our county hospital roots. As a Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center, Heart Center, Stroke Center, and Regional Burn Center, our hospital and emergency department provide quality and specialized care to a large and diverse community.
On day one of residency, our residents are exposed to critically ill patients and advanced procedures. Interns
manage all of the medical airways, meaning you could be intubating or placing central lines on your very first shift in our department. Early advanced responsibilities allow our residents to refine their clinical acumen, resuscitation skills, and procedural competencies over all three years of residency. We gain further experience in critical care by providing 24/7 year-round coverage in the Surgical ICU with extensive Medical ICU coverage as well.
In addition to our pediatric trauma designation, we have robust partnerships with Children’s Minnesota and
Gillette Children’s hospitals. Not only do residents rotate through the dedicated pediatric emergency departments,
we have also recently developed specific neonatal and PICU experiences. Senior residents also spend time with pediatric anesthesia in order to enhance our airway management skills.
In collaboration with our peds EM colleagues, we have designated pediatric resuscitation conference once per month.
One of our core values is wellness, which applies both to our clinical hours as well as time outside the hospital.
Our program leadership solicits feedback regularly, and uses it to improve our clinical experiences and make our rotations as beneficial to our learning as possible. We foster a supportive culture that prioritizes early documentation and sign outs that allow our residents to leave their shifts on time. The resident-lead wellness committee also
plans regular gatherings for residents, attendings, nurses, and ancillary staff which promotes the already collegial relationship amongst ED staff. Past gatherings have included the overnight resident retreat, winter snowtubing, volleyball, climbing, softball and soccer leagues, numerous department-wide volunteer experiences, and many more. One of the highlights of intern year is the class attendance at the SAEM conference, which allows for extra bonding time with classmates, faculty, and staff.
Our early advanced responsibility, extensive critical care experience, and emphasis on resident wellness are just a few of the aspects of our program that make it unique. When combined with our experienced faculty and diverse patient population, the training at Regions Emergency Medicine Residency Program will prepare you extraordinarily well for your career ahead, and make sure you feel supported along the way.
 Graduation 2022

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