Letter from the Chief Residents
2013-2014 Chief Residents
Welcome to the Regions Emergency Medicine Residency Website! Please explore and let us know if you have any questions. We are very proud of our training program and are excited to share with you some of the aspects we think make it so special.
Procedural competence and a strong emphasis on Critical Care are mainstays within our curriculum. Starting from day one in the department, PGY-1 residents are an active member in the management of critically ill patients and those that require procedures and resuscitation. PGY-1 residents are the primary team member responsible for airway management in all of the medical patients in the department, while PGY-2 residents manage the airway in all trauma patients. PGY-3 residents lead resuscitations in all medical cardiopulmonary arrests as well as serve as team leader on Trauma Team Activations. Each resident rotates within the MICU for 4 weeks in their PGY-1 and PGY-2 years, helping to provide staffing for a critical care team that is covered 365 days a year by an Emergency Medicine Resident. We also spend 6 weeks each year (PGY-1, PGY-2 and PGY-3) in the SICU, working as the primary residents on a team with our Surgical and Trauma Attending Staff. These experiences, in combination with our department’s high volume and acuity, give us ample experience in caring for critically ill patients throughout our training.
We have a progressive and dynamic curriculum that is focused on the core medical knowledge within our specialty as well as other evolving aspects of medicine; such as Quality and Administration. This design has been a key component in setting residents up for success in their post-residency careers. Our residents have gone on to excel in a wide range of clinical settings (both academic and community), as well as in fellowship training, and early administrative positions. Our program provides exposure to a wide range of subspecialty and fellowship areas; including Toxicology, EMS, Pediatric EM, Quality Management and Patient Safety, Ultrasound, Research and International Medicine. Our Resident of the Day “ROD” shifts are built into our ED schedule, to allow exposure and involvement within committees at the Department and Hospital level, as well as provide dedicated time for teaching of Medical Students and Rotating Residents in the Department. The most recent addition to our curriculum is a hybrid surgical sub-specialty rotation within the PGY-2 schedule. During this rotation, a large number of sub-specialty skills and procedures are learned while seeing patient’s within the ED for a number of our surgical sub-specialty partners; including ENT, Hand, and Ophthalmology.
The environment and people in our department are perfectly suited for an atmosphere that fosters quality patient care and learning. Regions Emergency Department is the perfect blend of a Community, Urban and Academic environment. A previous County Hospital, Regions is now the primary facility within HealthPartners healthcare network, while still serving the diverse patient population within St. Paul and the surrounding area. As a Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center, Heart Center, Stroke Center and Regional Burn Center; our Emergency Department provides quality and specialized care to a large community of people in the Upper Midwest.
And, as always, we have an abundance of clinical exposure and great faculty teaching 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 love our experience here and are excited to share about it, so please get in touch if you want to find out more! Thanks for visiting!
Mike Bond, MD
Jenna LeRoy, MD
Jason Van Valkenburg, MD