Chief Residents 2016-2017
David Benjamin, MD
Jackie Kelly, MD
Alan Sazama, MD
Welcome to the Regions Emergency Medicine Residency Website! We are excited to share with you some of the aspects of our program that make it unique.
First, the Emergency Department at Regions Hospital is the perfect blend of community, urban and academic medicine. Formerly St Paul Ramsey Medical Center, Regions Hospital is now the flagship facility within the HealthPartners Care Group. Because of its legacy as a county hospital, Regions continues its long-standing mission to provide care for immigrants and the impoverished, but has all of the resources you would expect at a privately owned hospital. This creates a unique blend of privately insured patients and under-served patients within the St. Paul metropolitan area, suburbs, 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 of people in the upper Midwest.
Fourth, PGY-1 residents are an active member in the management of critically ill patients from day one of their residency. PGY-1 residents are the primary team member responsible for airway management in all of the medical resuscitation patients in the emergency department and play a critical role in learning important procedures such as central line placement, fracture management, suturing, and chest tube placement. It is not uncommon for our new interns to intubate a patient on July 1st. As a PGY-2, residents manage the airway in all trauma patients and perform the majority of procedures on trauma and medical resuscitations within the emergency department. PGY-3 residents lead resuscitations in all medical arrests, serve as team leader on Trauma Team Activations and supervise the majority of procedures performed in the emergency department. 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.
Lastly, and most importantly, a friendly and collaborative culture is the hallmark of our program. Residents, attending physicians, nursing and ancillary staff have an exceptionally collegial relationship. Shifts are fun and feedback is supportive, not punitive. We find adult learners thrive in this professional environment.
We truly believe that our educational curriculum, critical care experiences, and hospital administrative systems are unique; this combined with excellent support from our well-respected teaching faculty makes the Regions Emergency Medicine Residency program a great place to further your medical training. We would be happy to share more about our program and answer any questions you might have about our unique, collaborative approach to resident education. Please get in touch if you want to find out more! Thanks for visiting!