Class of 2023 – PGY3s

Corey Babcock, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown:  Burnsville, MN

Undergrad: Saint John’s University

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

Interests/Hobbies:  I love being outdoors and traveling (especially road trips) with my wife, and spending time with friends and family. I also enjoy playing a wide variety of sports (basketball, golf, tennis, racquetball, to name a few), working out, fishing, hunting, playing guitar, and going to all the different dog-friendly breweries in the Twin Cities area with our golden retriever.

Why HCMC? While rotating at Hennepin I loved the patient population and wide range of complex pathology. I also loved the people and the ‘work hard, play hard’ mentality. The pit boss role is amazing, and I was impressed by the leadership and autonomy of the third-year residents managing the department. I wanted a program that would push me to become a competent, well-rounded EM doctor and I am very confident I will get that at HCMC! It was important for my wife and I to stay in the Twin Cities, and we are thrilled we get to continue enjoying all Minneapolis has to offer during residency.

Jacob Collins, DO

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown: Rochester, MN

Undergrad: University of Minnesota

Medical School: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Interests/Hobbies:  I enjoy going for walks and just generally spending time outside with y wife and daughter. I recently got into baking and have been baking up a storm. To stay active, I enjoy weightlifting and indoor cycling. I’m also a huge computer nerd so I am often playing through a new computer game.

Why HCMC? I was part of the research program at Hennepin during undergraduate and scribed there during my premed gap years. I witnessed multiple generations of residents graduating into phenomenal attending physicians, so I knew that I’d receive exceptional training. Hennepin was confirmed as my top choice during medical school rotations and interview season. At Hennepin you get to treat a very diverse patient population with a wide range of pathology. The trauma experience is top tier. The faculty are all amazing and very passionate about teaching. The Pit Boss role does an excellent job preparing you to manage an emergency department independently. Hennepin is an outstanding program that also happens to be located in the best state in the country, so what’s not to love?

Jeffrey Gonzalez, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown:  Woodbury, MN

Undergrad: Iowa State University

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

Interests/Hobbies:  Playing guitar, reading, seeing friends and family, fishing, and gardening.

Why HCMC? First and foremost, the patients we serve. HCMC has the privilege of taking care of a very diverse and unique patient population. When I rotated here as a student, I realized that after every shift, each and every patient had taught me something about kindness and humility. Next, the mission of the Emergency Department. Growing up in Minnesota, I knew that this was a hospital and program that puts the patient before all else. I knew that that was a culture I wanted to be a part of.

Douglas Klein, MD

Emergency Medicine Chief Resident

Hometown:  Simsbury, CT

Undergrad: University of Vermont

Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University

Interests/Hobbies:  I enjoy playing ice hockey, rock climbing, running, and biking. Anything that gets me outside! I’ll also never pass up an opportunity to cook a new cuisine or check out a new restaurant or brewery.

Why HCMC? So many reasons! First and foremost, the patient population that HCMC serves provides an amazing opportunity to learn from and give back to, all at the same time. Additionally, the people that make up the program, from the residents to the administrators, all seemed like a big family during my interview – a family that I wanted to join! The combination of the patients and the awesome residents and staff make HCMC the perfect place to learn to be a cutting edge EM physician. And finally, Minneapolis is an awesome city to explore!

Kysa McSky, MD

Emergency Medicine Chief Resident

Hometown:  Ashland, OR

Undergrad: New York University

Medical School: Oregon Health and Science School of Medicine

Interests/Hobbies:  In true Oregonian fashion, I am a fan of all things outside. I like to run, backpack, bike, snowboard, and I am an aspiring climber. I share my life with one beautiful orange cat named Fawkes, who has a stronger social media presence than I do. I am also an avid reader, mediocre violin player, and expert muffin and banana bread baker.

Why HCMC? HCMC was my last interview and my flight was delayed- forcing me to put my suit on in the airport the morning of my interview. Despite all of that I still loved the program. In all seriousness though, I wanted to train at a county program where I could serve an under-cared for patient population, while also being prepared to work anywhere. HCMC fits that with an incredibly diverse patient population, exceptional simulation training, and the rad Pit Boss role. In addition I was impressed with how involved HCMC is in the community, as well as the residency’s commitment to resident wellness.

Florian Merkle, MD

Emergency Medicine Chief Resident

Hometown:  Voehringen, Germany

Undergrad: University of Bayreuth

Medical School: Lekarska Fakulta 2, Univerzity Karlovy

Interests/Hobbies:  Working out, running, biking, skiing, cooking, and gardening in our apartment.

Why HCMC? Great People, left with a huge smile on my face after every shadow shift. Awesome program.

Sahini Pothireddy, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown:  Ellicott, MD

Undergrad: Johns Hopkins University

Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Interests/Hobbies:  I love to travel and visit friends around the country. Otherwise, I am pretty basic. I love to order takeout food, binge watch Netflix, and play board games.

Why HCMC? The diverse county population, the top-notch faculty, and the camaraderie of the current residents during my rotation and interview dinner. I also greatly enjoyed the team mentality among all the staff, from the nurses to the PAs to the techs to the admin, etc. Plus, I strongly believe that HCMC provides the best learning environment for me because of their emphasis on residents’ learning needs and autonomy.

Anthony Rauschenbach, MD

Emergency Medicine Chief Resident

Hometown:  Sioux Falls, SD

Undergrad: Creighton University

Medical School: University of Iowa Roy J & Lucille A Carver College of Medicine

Interests/Hobbies: My free time is split between being active outdoors and music. I enjoy snowboarding, kayaking, biking, running, hiking, and slacklining. As for music, I mainly play guitar and sing but can also play piano and drums.

Why HCMC? I wanted a program that emphasized autonomy and hands on learning and one that would push me out of my comfort zone. The fact that there are fewer residency programs at HCMC allows for more patient ownership in the ED and the opportunity to perform a wide range of procedures. Additionally, I wanted to train and work at a safety net hospital that serves a diverse patient population like HCMC. The genuine people I met during my interview reassured me that I would be surrounded by an incredible community during residency.

Margot Samson, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown:  Clearwater, FL

Undergrad: University of Florida

Medical School: University of Central Florida

Interests/Hobbies:  I love to windsurf, hike, climb, bike — all the EM stereotypes! Plus I love traveling, trying new foods, and cooking recipes from around the world.

Why HCMC? I was already excited about Hennepin going into my interview day – I mean, the STAB rooms, the Pit-boss role, the history of the program, how could you NOT be excited?! Chatting with the faculty and hanging out with the residents only solidified that feeling, and their warm welcome really made Hennepin feel like a place I could call home. Plus, coming from Florida, the idea of ice fishing sounds so weird and thrilling – I was hooked!

Dale Till, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown: Sacramento, CA

Undergrad: Northwestern University

Medical School: University of California, Davis School of Medicine

Interests/Hobbies:  In my spare time, I enjoy trying new recipes, checking out new restaurants and breweries, climbing and bouldering, traveling, photography and spoiling my dog.

Why HCMC? I knew I wanted to join a program with a broad and diverse patient population that not only produced excellent physicians, but also had strong camaraderie and a great community. When I interviewed at HCMC it just felt like home!

Abigail Winn, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown:  Westwood, MA

Undergrad: UNC Chapel Hill

Medical School: Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Interests/Hobbies:  I love exploring local restaurants and breweries. My love of food runs deep, so I also enjoy cooking and I am always looking for ways to improve my homemade mac n’cheese recipe. I like to binge-watch anything written/produced by Michael Schur and bad reality TV. Finally, I am an avid UNC basketball fan and dabble in Boston pro-sports.

Why HCMC? I was looking for a strong community both inside and out of the department, but also had a strong reputation for producing excellent EM physicians and a high-volume environment. When I walked into the interview dinner, I was blown away by the camaraderie of the residents. On interview day, I continued to be impressed by the training Hennepin provides: the autonomy, simulation, and the incredible faculty to name just a few (also the STAB room!). I left the interview day completely sold on the program itself and the city of Minneapolis as a future home.

Paul Young, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown:  Delano, MN
Undergrad: Gustavus Adolphus College

Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Franklin University

Interests/Hobbies:  Playing and recording music, reading, and spending time with my pup.

Why HCMC? Hennepin has a long history and depth of experience in the field of EM, which made me feel very confident training here would prepare me to excel in any environment. I was very impressed by nearly every aspect of the program – the leadership, faculty, residents, curriculum (especially the pit boss role, US, and crit-care), diversity in training sites, facilities, and more.

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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