2016 Annual Report - Past Reports

Letter from Director

Cullen Hegarty, MD
Cullen Hegarty, MD


Welcome to the Regions Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency Program website. Our residency program has a proud history of matching strong medical students and training them into 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 and guidance.  Due to the experiences they have during their residency training at Regions, many of our residents match in fellowships or assume leadership positions early in their careers.  Our program is sponsored by the HealthPartners Institute for Medical Education and Research and started training residents in 1996.

 Some highlights of training at Regions:

  • Early procedural experience – 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 ED patients over 3 years.  In our residency we try to get our PGY-I and PGY-II residents as many resuscitative procedures as possible so they can achieve early procedural competency and then focus on teaching and supervising many 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, and 1 month in the MICU in the first two years.
  • Advanced sub-specialty training through exposure to our Regions Hospital/HealthPartners based fellowships in Medical Toxicology, EMS, Quality and Patient Safety, International Medicine and Pediatric Emergency Medicine.  Residents have varied opportunities such as the opportunity to be an Associate Director of an EMS service or with our Quality and Patient Safety team in order to accelerate their professional development.
  • Work in 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.  2012 ED data included ~79,000 visits with a 23% admission rate in an ED with 55 treatment rooms and 50,000 square feet of clinical space.
  • Learn in a Center of Excellence - Regions ED was the first academic medical center in the nation 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.  Regions Hospital used to be 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 appointments with the University of Minnesota Department of Emergency Medicine.

  • Train in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Minnesotans are active, friendly people and the Twin Cities is a great place to live, work, and learn! The quality of living in the Twin Cities 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 learning environment.


We are a PGY1-3 residency with 10 residents per class.  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 have an abundance of clinical exposure and great faculty teaching us in an environment that is challenging yet supportive, helping us grow to provide excellent health care to our patients in the ED and the community.”

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


Cullen Hegarty, MD

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