Arjun Arya, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown:  Rolling Meadows, Illinois

Undergrad: University of Illinois Chicago

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine

Interests/Hobbies:  I love going to the gym. Otherwise I like to read, make bad puns and worse dad jokes, eat, hang out w/ friends & family and try new things. I also dabble in photography.

Why HCMC? I believe HCMC is where the future of EM is being crafted everyday by people who keep challenging the boundaries of what is possible. Here I get the opportunity to grow into the best version of myself while simultaneously giving my best to our team and to our patients. To better healthcare, we first have to believe it’s possible. HCMC takes possible and from it makes probable. Being a part of that process has always been the dream.

Alec Bunting, DO

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown: West Des Moines, IA

Undergrad: University of Iowa

Medical School: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Interests/Hobbies:  In my free time I enjoy running, hiking, traveling, cooking, reading, watching TV/movies on the numerous streaming services I subscribe to, trying new restaurants/breweries/wineries. Of course, all of those activities are even more enjoyable with my friends, family, and girlfriend, Liz.

Why HCMC? When I rotated at HCMC, I was impressed not only by the high volume of diverse patient presentations, but also by the wealth of knowledge among residents and faculty to address any of those diverse complaints that came to the ED. I consistently felt challenged to improve my practice every day and knew that I was learning directly from several leaders in emergency medicine. I was also impressed by the ultrasound curriculum, the consistent implementation of innovative emergency care, and the overall autonomy of the EM residents. I wanted to train somewhere that would prepare me to handle any patient that came to the ED while also permitting me to be on the forefront of emergency medical care, and I am confident the training at HCMC will help me achieve those goals and more!

Michael Fischer, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown:  Sussex, WI

Undergrad: University of Wisconsin, Madison

Medical School: New York Medical College

Interests/Hobbies:  If I’m outdoors hiking, playing pick up sports, exploring new restaurants or breweries, cooking, watching my Green Bay Packers, or traveling, I’m in my happy place.

Why HCMC? I felt the “gut feeling” during the resident social and knew I would fit right in. Along with the work hard, play hard attitude, I knew HCMC would push me to become the EM doctor I want to become.

Sarah Knack, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown:  Lakeville, MN

Undergrad: University of Minnesota

Medical School: Duke University School of Medicine

Interests/Hobbies:  In my free time I enjoy swimming in our pool, going for walks with the kitties, playing board games and watching any Minnesota sports event. I go to most Gopher volleyball, hockey and football games along with some Wild games. In the winter, we love snowmobiling. More recently, I have been enjoying helping Anton with our remodel and landscaping projects around the house.

Why HCMC? There are many reasons that I felt HCMC was a perfect fit for residency. First, through my undergrad time I both volunteered at scribed at HCMC and loved the patient population and the hospital itself. In addition, I really wanted to come home to Minnesota for residency and be closer to my family.

Parker Latshaw, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown:  Ann Arbor, MI

Undergrad: University of Michigan

Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine

Interests/Hobbies:  I enjoy everything outdoors, including fly fishing, biking, mountain biking, running, backpacking, skiing, climbing, and hiking. I also enjoy Michigan craft beer and am excited to visit all the breweries in Minneapolis!

Why HCMC? I wanted to go to HCMC because of the excellent training mixed with being close to family and many outdoor activities. During my interview and pre-interview dinner, I enjoyed meeting all the residents and faculty and hearing about what they like about the program and do for fun. From these interactions, I felt like I would fit in well and grow a lot as a person and future physician. I am excited to be a part of the HCMC family!

Daniel Neren, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown:  White Bear Lake, MN

Undergrad: University of Minnesota

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

Interests/Hobbies:  I enjoy reading military/geopolitical history books as well as drawing maps and city skylines. When I am feeling a bit more social, I enjoy rock climbing, eating good food, and traveling with my wife and friends. I also am an amateur aquariumist! (if that is even a word?!)

Why HCMC? I have dreamed of training/working at HCMC ever since I was a kid listening to my dad’s vivid stories of the county hospital. I have always been proud/impressed by the fact that any and all people who walk through the doors of HCMC, no matter their socioeconomic status, race, immigration status, language etc. can get world class care. As a medical student rotating at Hennepin, my childhood ambitions were further confirmed by the dedication to education and the supportive community of providers and employees. I am truly honored and incredibly excited to be part of HCMC!

Jamie Obler, DO

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown:  Marshall, MN

Undergrad: Saint John’s University

Medical School: A.T. Still University – School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona

Interests/Hobbies:  Weightlifting, drumset, spending time with wife and dog, eating pizza, lake home on Lobster Lake in Alexandria, MN

Why HCMC? When applying to residency, I knew I wanted a program that had been ingrained in the community and around for quite some time. Additionally, I was looking for a hands-on experience with cutting edge medicine. HCMC provides some of the best emergency medicine training in the country. After my audition rotation during the fourth year of medical school, I saw how competent, knowledgeable, confident, compassionate (etc.) the entire resident team was; it was a no brainer to rank HCMC #1. I really liked the STAB room and trauma experience. It was a bonus to have ED faculty, other specialties, and ancillary staff that was just as awesome as the rest of the team. Growing up in Minnesota, being close to family was also very important to my wife and me. Matching at HCMC was literally a dream come true!

Petter Overton-Harris, DO

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown:  Portland, OR

Undergrad: University of Redlands

Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

Interests/Hobbies: I love to adventure in my free time. Anything from camping to hiking, snowboarding and scuba diving. I just love being active and outside!

Why HCMC? HCMC was my top choice because it provides care to the population most in need. It has a huge diversity of patients, people and pathology. Most importantly though HCMC is where I felt most at home during the interview trail.

Ali Panning, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown:  Blaine, MN

Undergrad: Luther College

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

Interests/Hobbies:  Anything outside! Recently redoing my backyard and garden after our eternal winter. In addition to hitting up dog parks with my own dog, I walk dogs on Wag! For some extra cash and puppy love. Backpacking and hiking, before joining the Hennepin crew I’m doing a National Parks road trip with my boyfriend Sam. Otherwise sipping a drink on a patio with friends is my preferred place to be.

Why HCMC? So many reasons! The unparalleled combination of academics, mentorship, patient acuity, and the pit boss role. Also, Hennepin’s patient population is a prime example of how global can be local.

Sarah Ringstrom, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown: Cedar Falls, IA

Undergrad: University of Minnesota

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

Interests/Hobbies:  Cooking, going to the dog park, hiking, rock climbing, traveling

Why HCMC? Great training with great people! I was looking for a challenging program that would push me to be my best while offering the support and community I need. I love the environment, patients, and staff at Hennepin and thought this program was the best fit for me.

Kelsey Spaur, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown:  Denver, CO

Undergrad: California Institute of Technology

Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine

Interests/Hobbies:  I love to get outdoors – hiking, skiing, walking my dog, relaxing on a brewery patio. I enjoy exploring new places from new restaurants to new countries. And preferably doing any of the above with friends and family.

Why HCMC? I rotated here as a medical student and absolutely loved it! The people are awesome and after watching the residents lead Stab conference, I wanted to be one of them. I also knew Hennepin would give unparalleled training with autonomy, excellent faculty, rigorous ultrasound training, and the Pit Boss role. Throughout the interview season, I found myself comparing every program to HCMC and I knew this is where I wanted to be.

Kayla Whitson, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown:  Casper, WY

Undergrad: Gonzaga University

Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine

Interests/Hobbies:  Hunt, hike, garden, cook

Why HCMC? I was incredibly impressed with the training and quality of physician produced at HCMC, and wanted to be part of a team that could form me into the physician leader for my future. My husband is also from MN, so the idea of coming home made HCMC a dream fit for us.

About Us

The Department of Emergency Medicine is comprised of the physicians, physician-assistants and staff dedicated to the delivery of emergency medical services for HCMC. Emergency Medicine Faculty physicians provide emergency medical care, teach students of many types, and conduct research leading to innovation of emergency care.

Our Residency Program in Emergency Medicine, its residents, and its graduates are a source of great pride for our Department. It began in 1972 with two residents, years before recognition of the discipline of Emergency Medicine as a medical specialty. Today we match twelve residents per year in our three-year program.

Hennepin County Medical Center
Dept of Emergency Medicine
701 Park Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 873-5683


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