Letter from the Chief Residents

Chief Residents 2017-2018

                           
Callie Schnitker, MD              Hilary Simon, MD             Kevin Torkelson, MD

We are excited to share with you some of the many aspects of our program that continue to make it a great place to train.

We serve a unique blend of privately insured and under-served patients within the St. Paul metropolitan area and western Wisconsin. 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 community.

Our residents get exposed to critically ill patients and opportunities to enhance their procedural and resuscitation skills from day one of residency.  From our time providing 365 day/year coverage in the surgical ICU to our extensive medical ICU time as well as our department’s high volume and acuity, we gain ample experience in caring for critically ill patients.

We continue to emphasize wellness in our clinical rotations as well as our lives outside of the hospital. Resident feedback is used to improve clinical rotations and make them as beneficial to our learning as possible. Our wellness committee plans regular gatherings for residents, attending physicians, nursing and ancillary staff which promotes the already exceptionally collegial relationship amongst the staff in the ED. Past gatherings have included Halloween parties, kickball, EMRA Day of Service making food for those in need and many more.

We believe that our unique location, extensive critical care experience and focus on resident wellness combined with our experienced faculty makes the Regions Emergency Medicine Residency program a great place to train.