Class of 2024 – PGY3s

Taylor Burl, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown: Newburyport, Massachusetts

Undergrad: Penn State

Medical School: Tufts University

Interests/Hobbies: In my free time I enjoy running and yoga. I love cooking and recently have been attempting to replicate my favorite take-out dishes from home. When I have time and space I also enjoy refinishing furniture, but emphasis must be placed on the space (spray painting a dresser on an apartment balcony is now, in retrospect, an awful idea). And now that I’m in Minnesota, I’m excited to explore my aspirational hobby of cross-country skiing.

Why HCMC? Hennepin encompasses absolutely everything I was looking for in a killer emergency medicine residency: a county program that is community-oriented with a large and diverse patient population, where emphasis is placed on autonomy and ownership of patients and procedures, that is situated in a city that has restaurants/breweries/activities but also access to beautiful outdoor spaces <10 minutes away. All this, plus the fact that I walked away from the resident happy hour and interview day feeling energized and excited at what a life at Hennepin could be like, a unique feeling amidst an otherwise emotionally draining virtual interview season.

Carlos Garcia Galindo, DO

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown: Popayan, Colombia & Orlando, Florida

Undergrad: University of Florida

Medical School: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

Interests/Hobbies: I consider cooking one of my love languages, and also love dining out and trying new coffee shops. Chill days-in cleaning and binge watching my favorite shows are relaxing, but I’m always thinking about our next adventure traveling to explore new cities, sites, and nature. Of course spending quality time with family, friends and my furry daughter Leah.

Why HCMC? Unparalleled clinical training with the diversity, volume and acuity designed to push you to become the best EM physician and leader version of yourself. Extensive resources and innovative mentality leading to cutting-edge EM practices. Moreover, it was a perfect fit with the ‘personality’ of the program, its people, values and mission that aim to truly serve and heal everyone coming through their doors.

Josh Griner, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown: Seneca, Missori

Undergrad: Missouri State University

Medical School: University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine

Interests/Hobbies: In my free time, I enjoy sampling local breweries, playing card and/or board games with friends, staying active with sand volleyball or trail running, and catching up on the latest episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Why HCMC? I chose HCMC (a) because I knew I would receive top notch clinical training in an environment that supports me but also provides a large amount of autonomy; (b) the Pit Boss role is second to none; (c) out of all my interviews, I had the best and most genuine connections with the Hennepin EM residents and faculty; and (d) the program’s diversity and inclusion emphasis made me feel welcome as a member of the LGBTQ community and provides an avenue for me to continue work related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Sarah Lewis, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown: Billings, Montana

Undergrad: Montana State University

Medical School: University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Interests/Hobbies: I really enjoy hiking with my dog Sawyer, backpacking, and rock climbing when I am home in Montana. Some of my favorite memories are spent outside during the summer eating good food and playing games! Lately, I have enjoyed reading mystery novels, ice skating, taking many walks while listening to podcasts, and playing tennis with my husband, Seth. I like to exercise every day and I often incorporate hot yoga and dance fitness into the routine. I wouldn’t call myself an athlete, but I love playing intramural sports. So, if you’re trying to start a team, count me in!

Why HCMC? What initially drew me to HCMC was its reputation of generating highly skilled and knowledgeable emergency medicine physicians that are trusted in the medical community. I desire to be the type of EM physician who can handle anything that comes through the door. Not only does this program offer excellent clinical training, but it fosters growth as a leader through the unique role of pit boss. The innovation and expertise at HCMC will allow me to explore my constantly evolving interests in emergency medicine including ultrasound and EMS. Although it was on Zoom, the resident social and second look made it obvious that the residents are excited by what they do and the patients they serve.

Allie Low, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown: Vancouver, Washington

Undergrad: Pacific Lutheran University

Medical School: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

Interests/Hobbies: Pretty much anything outdoors — paddle boarding, camping (often car camping if/when I’m feeling lazy), jogging/hiking with my dog, downhill skiing (but excited to figure out cross-country skiing!), hammock lounging, waterskiing/wakeboarding, trying to get better at gardening. I also love exploring restaurants/breweries/coffee shops, playing pickle ball, traveling/road trips, board games, and reading.

Why HCMC? I first just clicked with the people and could tell that it was a fun, talented, well-rounded bunch that I wanted to be part of. HCMC also has everything I was looking for in a residency program – a safety-net hospital with the opportunity to care for diverse and underserved patients, with the resources and cutting-edge innovation to best care for them, lots of hands on learning, and a positive and supportive environment that would also challenge me to become the best emergency physician I can be. The fact that it was in an incredible city with tons of outdoor activities, lakes, breweries, and culture was the cherry on top.

Manasi Mahajan, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown: Troy, Michigan

Undergrad: Wayne State University

Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine

Interests/Hobbies: I’ve trained in Indian classical Bharatanatyam dance, and I also enjoy Bollywood dance. I am a vegetarian foodie and love to cook; I like challenging the notion of a ‘boring salad’ 😄. My dream is to plant a huge garden with lots of veggies. I also love board games, especially Catan!

Why HCMC? I was looking for a program with a strong camaraderie between residents and faculty. I was very impressed with HCMC’s second look day; we all had open and honest conversations about challenges we have faced in our medical training and careers. Faculty spoke to us as colleagues, not necessarily as applicants, which I appreciated. HCMC has a long history of training excellent EM physicians, and I am thrilled and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of that legacy!

Will Norkett, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown:  Chicago, Illinois

Undergrad: University of Iowa

Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science

Interests/Hobbies: I am always looking for ways to stay active! Most days I will try to either run, bike, or go to the gym. During the summer I can never say no to being on the water to do some kayaking or fishing or both! I cannot wait for music venues to open again so we can go to shows! Grabbing drinks or trying a new restaurant with friends and family is my favorite way to end the day!

Why HCMC? There are so many reasons! I always envisioned myself working in a county hospital setting where I could serve society’s most vulnerable populations and Hennepin definitely provides that true county experience. Following my interview at Hennepin I could not stop thinking about the pit boss role! I can not think of a better way to gain experience and confidence before taking on the role of attending. Hennepin’s long history in emergency medicine and proven track record of excellence has me confident that I will receive the hands-on experience that enables me to meet any challenges that may come through the emergency room doors.

Michelle Patregnani, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown:  Hibbing, Minnesota

Undergrad: University of North Dakota

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

Interests/Hobbies: Like any good Minnesotan, I enjoy spending time outside during all four seasons. I like to take advantage of the great cross country ski trails we have in the winter. In the warmer months I’m probably on one of the lakes with my paddle board, riding on the bike trails, or taking hiking trips up north. I also love to try new restaurants, cook and bake, and I look forward to hosting co-resident dinner parties!

Why HCMC? I have always been impressed with Hennepin’s long history for training great emergency physicians. The patient population is so unique and diverse and being able to serve and learn from this community is a great opportunity. The quality of the training including the autonomy of the Pit Boss role and the legendary stab room will provide me with the experience to become an excellent physician. During my rotations here as a medical student I felt very at home and am thrilled to continue my training here!

Cory Schlabs, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown:  Colorado Springs, Colorado

Undergrad: University of Kansas

Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

Interests/Hobbies:  As a stereotypical Colorado native (and EM resident), I get outside as much as I can! My favorite thing to do is backpacking; I’ve loved exploring the mountains, deserts and coasts of California for the past four years, and I’m excited to see what the backcountry of Minnesota has to offer! I also love to ski, hike, car camp, and rock climb. Live music is another one of my favorite things, and I am dying for it to come back post-pandemic. I am a big sports fan, and I support my Kansas Jayhawks along with all of the professional teams from Colorado! Even though I’ve lost a step (or ten), I still like to play soccer, albeit much less competitively than I used to. Other hobbies of mine include yoga, traveling, exploring breweries, and Spanish language!

Why HCMC? Where to begin? HCMC has everything I was looking for in a residency program, and then some! The privilege to serve a unique, diverse patient population. A busy county ED with the chance to see a lot of patients and ultimately hold a high level of autonomy. Incredible leadership opportunities (the pit boss role is special). An institution on the cutting-edge of EM, with the resources both to advance the field and best serve its patients. Exceptional medical education. A large alumni network across the country. A fun, beautiful city with great outdoor access.

Cassie Schoborg, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown: Covington, Kentucky

Undergrad: Hanover College

Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Interests/Hobbies:  All the stereotypical EM things–hiking, rock climbing, running, camping, dozing in a hammock. I also love to garden, draw, paint, explore local breweries and coffee shops, learn to play mandolin, and spend time with family and friends (preferably beside a bonfire with a beer in hand).

Why HCMC? From the get go, I was stoked about the training–Pit Boss role, ultrasound, focus on autonomy, and a chance to learn about any field I could want. Beyond that, on my interview day, everyone seemed like they felt excited to be there, and they exuded a level of teamwork and togetherness I hadn’t seen elsewhere. I wanted to be surrounded by people who are passionate about life and about what they do. Despite being experts in their field, they were down to earth, and I knew I could learn from the best without being worried about messing up. Besides, I have always dreamed of living by a lake and kayaking at sunrise, so moving to the Land of 10,000 Lakes only made sense.

Akhil Vedere, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown: Hobe Sound, Florida

Undergrad: George Washington University

Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine

Interests/Hobbies: Cooking for friends and family, backpacking, golf, exploring local restaurant and bar scene

Why HCMC? HCMC stuck out to me due to its commitment to diversity and the underserved populations of Minneapolis. An emergency department is the gateway to healthcare for populations of every cultural and socioeconomic background and being part of a program that recognized and committed to this diversity is important to me. HCMC also gives a clinical experience second to none that can prepare me to practice in any environment I want to in the future.

Austin Waara, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown: Iron River, Michigan

Undergrad: University of Michigan

Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine

Interests/Hobbies: I’m always down for trying something new and adventuring through it with my friends and family makes it even better. Mostly, I like to stay active—whether it’s through sports or being outdoors. I try to play as much basketball, tennis, and golf as my free time allows. I also enjoy spending time outside walking, hiking, climbing, or biking.

Why HCMC? I wanted to train at HCMC because of the diverse patient population it serves and the excellent training I would receive. I felt like HCMC’s program stood out in every facet of Emergency Medicine including patient care, education, leadership, ultrasound, and research—all while serving a county population. Finally, being a Yooper from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, moving to Minnesota brings me a stone’s throw away from visiting my family at home, as well.

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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