University of Minnesota Medical Center
The University of Minnesota Medical Center is an incredible teaching institution with over 500 physicians involved in the care of its patients. It is located in the heart of Minneapolis, and is actually set on two campuses. One hospital is located on the West Bank of the Mississippi River and consists mainly of orthopedic, OB/Gyn, and psychiatric patients. The other campus is located on the East Bank of the Mississippi River. The East Bank of the River houses the general internal medicine patients, the surgical patients, the bone marrow transplant and ICU patients.
This institution is recognized nationally for excellence in solid organ and blood and marrow transplantation as well as heart disease, cancer, neurosciences, pediatrics and behavioral illnesses. The University of Minnesota Medical Center provides a wonderful integration of teaching, research and patient care. Core areas of excellence in research include diabetes, infectious diseases, stem cell biology, vascular disease, hemostasis, autoimmunology, fibrotic lung disease, medical genetics and cancer. Many of these areas of research are also available to interested residents and fellows.
We are excited about the wide variety of opportunities available to our residents. We are also focused on ensuring that your time here is an enriching and valuable experience.
The patient population at the University of Minnesota Hospital is extremely diverse. Since the hospital is one of the main tertiary centers in the Midwest, residents will encounter patients with complicated and unusual disease processes.
The University is also a leading transplant center (both solid organ and bone marrow) which gives residents exposure to both patients awaiting transplants and those with post transplant complications.
The University also serves the local community, which includes a very large population of immigrants, mainly from East Africa and Southeast Asia. Residents therefore have direct exposure to tropical diseases such as malaria, schistosomiasis, and strongyloides.
At the University of Minnesota there are general medicine admitting ward teams, called "Maroon" teams, as well as several subspecialty teams.
There are four teaching ward teams and two nonteaching Firms (staffed by hospitalists and physician assistants). The four teaching ward teams consist of one resident, one intern, 1-2 medical students, and a teaching attending. They participate in a q4 admitting cycle: long call, post call, short call, and precall. The long call day takes admissions until 6 pm; and short call until 2 pm. The postcall and precall days are protected from new admissions. There is a Night Float team, one intern and one resident, who admits and cross covers overnight. Average census on these teams is 8, with a cap of 12.
The Cardiology teams consist of three teams: Cards 1 (typically valvular heart disease, arrthymias, and mild CHF); Cards 2 (advanced heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, and heart transplant); and CSI (coronary structured intervention; chest pain evaluation, post cath, etc.) These three teams all admit to their own services until noon, then rotate every third day admitting all Cardiology admits until 6 pm. There is a Cardiology night float team, one intern and one resident, who then admits and cross covers overnight.
The ICU team consists of two senior residents, one intern, 1-2 medical students, and about half the year a family medicine resident who functions as an additional intern. This team rounds with a pulm/crit care fellow and attending. There is a single senior resident who covers the ICU at night, admissions as well as cross cover, along with an in-house overnight intensivist. There is also a Pulmonary team who manages the adult CF and lung transplant patient populations, staffed by a Pulmonologist, a fellow, a nurse practioner and a resident.
There are Heme/Onc and BMT inpatient admitting services staffed by Heme/Onc hospitalists and midlevel nurse practitioners; these are both offered as electives for those residents who are interested.
There are other electives that are offered at the University site, including gastroenterology, hepatology, palliative care, emergency medicine, and more.