Welcome Letter

Letter From the Program Director

Welcome to Hennepin County Medical Center’s Emergency Medicine Residency page.  We are very excited that you are interested in learning more about our program!  As one of the oldest EM training programs in the country, we have a long-standing emphasis on innovation and cutting-edge emergency care. You will be working alongside an incredibly accomplished group of faculty, many of whom are national leaders in academic EM.  The collective wisdom and expertise of this group impresses me on a daily basis, and their approachability makes them outstanding teachers.

You will be training in a busy urban ED with over 100,000 patient visits per year.  HCMC is a level I adult and pediatric trauma center and an accredited stroke center.  HCMC is a mission-driven hospital, caring for a diverse and underserved patient population.  We recognize that patient care requires more than medical knowledge, and our training program will provide you with the leadership, communication and systems knowledge to practice medicine successfully in a wide variety of settings.

Although our program is over 40 years old and has trained hundreds of physicians, our department’s culture of innovation is reflected in the continual improvement and advancements seen within our training program.  Over the past few years, we have completely revamped our conference curriculum to emphasize active learning, small group discussions, hands-on skills sessions, and simulation training. We have developed an active Program Evaluation and Improvement Committee (PEIC) with representatives from each residency class.  This group has been responsible for developing and implementing numerous large and small-scale program changes, including valuable curriculum and rotation additions and modifications. Residents and faculty have also formed a wellness committee, contributing initiatives to maximize the overall wellbeing and resilience of our physicians.

When you train at HCMC, you become part of “the Hennepin family,” which you will be a part of forever.  Our residents are a tight-knit group of dedicated, enthusiastic, energetic trainees with a “work hard, play hard” attitude.  I am incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to work and interact with this wonderful group of residents and faculty each and every day! We are fortunate to be located in Minneapolis / St Paul, one of the top-rated cities to live in America, with “big-city amenities” yet an “approachable Midwestern feel” (US News & World Report).  As an east-coaster myself, the allure of HCMC and Minneapolis brought me here over a decade ago and I can’t see myself anywhere else!  We are hoping you will come visit to learn more about our extraordinary training program.


Danielle Hart MD, MACM