Class of 2025 – PGY3s

Solana Archuleta, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown: Arvada, CO

Undergrad: University of Colorado, Boulder

Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine

Interests/Hobbies:  I love being outside and active- yoga, hiking, skiing, etc. I try to travel as much as possible, especially to new scuba diving spots! I’m working on seeing a baseball game at each stadium and have been to about a third so far. And I’m very appreciative of people who will eat my baked goods and let me pet their dogs. 🙂

Why HCMC?  When the residents showed up at our social wearing funky hats, I knew I’d found my people! I wanted a program with a diverse, underserved patient population that is committed to serving its community. The Pit Boss role is an incredible training opportunity, allowing autonomy while having the support of some of the best emergency physicians behind you. I know I’ll leave this program prepared to handle anything!

Katie Buerk, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown:  Portland, OR

Undergrad: University of Oregon

Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

Interests/Hobbies:  I enjoy running, yoga, cooking, reading and spending time with friends and family. When I have a little extra free time, I love taking my paddle board out on the water, going van or tent camping, or trying a new crafty hobby (most recent – wood burning).

Why HCMC?  I chose HCMC because it seems to truly walk the walk when it comes to providing excellent care to underserved populations. On my interview day, I heard about countless diversity initiatives, programs to address social determinants of health outside of the ED, and ideas for upcoming projects. Additionally, I had a genuine connection with everyone I interacted with and I had a gut feeling that these were the right people. Plus, the training is exceptional and the pit boss role is really special.

Emily Ferrari, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown:  Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Undergrad: Oklahoma Wesleyan University

Medical School: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine at Tulsa

Interests/Hobbies:  Sand volleyball, read manga, and play with my cat.

Why HCMC?  Hennepin opened my eyes to how a “safety-net” institution can still be well-funded and provide state-of-the-art care to people who may fall through the cracks in other areas of the country. I am excited to learn how these resources are obtained, and potentially how to provide similar resources in whatever hospital system I work in the future.  

Tyler Floden, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown:  New Prague, MN

Undergrad: University of Minnesota Duluth

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

Interests/Hobbies: Most of my free time is spent with my dog Reau and girlfriend Emma. We love to go hunting, fishing and hiking when we have the time. We go on a lot of walks around the Twin Cities and enjoy the local dog parks. I also enjoy playing basketball, golfing, watching Minnesota sports teams and going to all-you can eat sushi restaurants.

Why HCMC?  Within 15 minutes of my first ED shift as a student at HCMC I was asked to place an IO and help with a TEE on a cardiac arrest patient and I was instantly hooked. I knew that the culture of hands-on learning and the level of autonomy that residents have in the ED would provide me with the training that I was looking for in a program. The opportunity to learn from and provide care to a diverse patient population in addition to the excellent training environment made HCMC a place I knew I would be happy.

Carolyn Geraci, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown:  Canandaigua, NY

Undergrad: University of Rochester           

Medical School: University of Vermont College of Medicine

Interests/Hobbies:  I like to stay active in my free time! I have always loved spin classes, yoga, and weightlifting, and I am currently attempting to learn tennis and golf. Other hobbies include: watching Formula 1 races with friends (my dog is named after a Ferrari driver), spending hours in Target, and working on my online business.

Why HCMC?  When I did my away rotation at Hennepin, I walked away from the month struck by the idea that training here would allow me to develop in to the best version of my professional self. I knew that the fast pace of a county ED, the autonomy, and the pit boss role would push me out of my comfort zone in the best way possible. The quality of the program is unbeatable: faculty are passionate about teaching, and Hennepin is always on the forefront of emergency medicine practice. What an incredible opportunity to have all of these resources (including 20+ ultrasound machines?) to serve and learn from the diverse patient population of Minneapolis!

Max Goder-Reiser, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown:  Moved around frequently, but Ramstein, Germany and Boston are my hometowns!

Undergrad: Tufts University 

Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine

Interests/Hobbies:  I love hiking, biking, snowboarding, playing pickup basketball and soccer, reading non-fiction, watching Jeopardy!, and making homemade pasta

Why HCMC?  The chance to learn from, and give back to, a diverse and largely underserved patient population was a really important consideration in my ranking, and I left my interview being so impressed with the mission of Hennepin and the dedication to social EM work. The opportunity to train at such an established county program was impossible to pass up! I also wanted to end up at a program that was going to push me to grow, and I know the emphasis on autonomy will do just that. Additionally, Minneapolis has such great biking infrastructure that I can reliably commute by bike!

Michael Perlmutter, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown:  Los Angeles, CA

Undergrad: University of St. Thomas           

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

Interests/Hobbies:  I like to spend as much time as I can outside with my family, especially out on the lakes during the summer. In my free time, I enjoy reading non-fiction, cooking for friends and family, trying new restaurants, and re-watching episodes of The West Wing.

Why HCMC?  More reasons than I can name! The patient population is extraordinary, and it’s a great privilege to learn from and serve the community. Since I was a paramedic bringing patients to the ED here, I’ve been consistently impressed with the expertise, compassion, and confidence of the residents, faculty and staff, and I knew that I wanted to be that kind of physician myself. I love that Hennepin EM emphasizes resident autonomy and ownership of patients as well as extensive procedural experience. The STAB room and pit boss experiences are second to none, and I’ve never seen a program as well resourced and committed to outstanding, cutting edge care as Hennepin. The people here are the best. Even on the busiest shifts, the feeling of a tight knit family was palpable and the laughter, camaraderie, and community was something I wanted to be a part of.

Alexander Schin, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown:  Plattsburgh, NY

Undergrad: University at Albany             

Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine

Interests/Hobbies: In my free time I love being average at the classic EM hobbies – hiking, skiing, kayaking. Cooking, drinking good beer, napping, and traveling all make me happy.

Why HCMC?  I was looking for a residency that would push me to be prepared to handle any patient that came in. At the same time, I wanted an environment that fosters an inclusive, supportive team focused on wellbeing. I found that at Hennepin! How can you beat a legendary 3-year county program with superb research and clinical care with fun, mission-driven people?

Hamdi Sheikh Said, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown:  Roseville, MN

Undergrad: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities               

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

Interests/Hobbies:  I enjoy hiking, camping, and trying new recipes. I also love curling up with a good book with some white hot chocolate.

Why HCMC? The real question is why not HCMC! The program speaks for itself on how excellent it is. My biggest draw to it was how connected I felt to the patient population it serves as well as working with hard-working, fun-loving, and social equity minded people, that make Hennepin what it is.

Evan Smith, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown:  Worthington, Ohio

Undergrad: Ohio State University          

Medical School: Ohio State University College of Medicine

Interests/Hobbies:  In my free time I love to play disc golf, compete in local bar trivia nights, and read up on everything Fantasy Football related

Why HCMC?  I chose Hennepin because I feel it will provide me with the unique opportunity to become a clinically excellent EM doctor through experiential learning, while also providing a strong emphasis on culturally competent, human-centered patient care for the diverse communities we will serve.  

Quin Stevens, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown:  Kalispell, Montana

Undergrad: Montana State University

Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine

Interests/Hobbies: Outside of the hospital, you will find me with my nose in a book, binge-watching netflix, on skis or a bike or a hiking trail, playing cribbage, or roping my friends into a new board game.

Why HCMC?  HCMC quickly felt like home during my away rotation, where I found an extraordinary community that reminded me of those (believe it or not) back home in rural Montana—filled with resourceful, resolute, and supportive people who will give it their all to care for each other and their communities.

Sarah Usher, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown:  Maple Grove, MN

Undergrad: Metropolitan State University            

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

Interests/Hobbies:  Play with my kids, read, travel, go to movies

Why HCMC?  I used to be a research coordinator for the Emergency Department, and I love working with the population at HCMC. The faculty and residents created a really fun culture, and I think Hennepin’s training is one of the best in the nation.

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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