Graduate Medical Education

Training Tomorrow’s Healthcare Leaders

About Our Programs

Why choose Hennepin County Medical Center for your graduate medical education? Since our founding more than 120 years ago as the state’s first teaching hospital, we’ve maintained a tradition of excellence in both education and patient care. We simultaneously treat the region's most critically ill and underserved patients, and produce some of the most sought-after professionals in the nation.

With more than 60 specialty care centers, neighborhood clinics, and a hospital campus that spans five city blocks in downtown Minneapolis, we're much more than a typical "county" hospital. Our healthcare system receives national recognition for care quality, advanced technology, clinical research, and academic programs. Since 1996, we’ve been named one of "America's Best Hospitals" by U.S. News & World Report.

Nearly 300 physicians study with us annually. More than 200 train full-time in our programs. Another 100 medical students, residents, and fellows from around the country rotate at HCMC each month.

All our residency and fellowship programs are approved by national accrediting organizations, including the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME) and the American Dental Association (ADA).

Count on HCMC for:

  • A commitment to education. Training tomorrow’s healthcare leaders isn’t a sideline at HCMC; it’s a passion. Our culture embraces learning and clearly values the residents and fellows who study here. Residents and fellows make up an integral part of our clinical teams.
  • Outstanding faculty. The dedicated staff who guide programs excel at teaching and see great clinical care as their primary mission. Most of the 270 core teaching faculty completed their own training here before becoming recognized leaders in their respective fields. Many hold academic appointments as well as leadership roles at HCMC, and still others hold appointments at the University of Minnesota.
  • Hands-on involvement. Residents and fellows take an early and active role in patient care at HCMC, developing solid clinical experience, strong communication skills and team leadership. From day one, residents and fellows work directly with patients, obtain decision-making rolles quickly, and assume increasing responsibility as each rotation progresses.
  • Advanced equipment and techniques. From our new hyperbaric chamber and Interdisciplinary Simulation and Education Center to our established ultrasound program and completely paperless Electronic Medical Record system, HCMC integrates the latest technology across our curriculum. Residents and fellows in all disciplines quickly establish confidence and skill with these and other essential tools.
  • Patient diversity. Few settings offer the range of clinical experience available at HCMC, where our practitioners work across the entire spectrum of care needs, ethnic backgrounds, and economic circumstances. We provide both specialty care and community medicine, operate the region’s busiest emergency department, and serve as the safety net hospital for underserved, uninsured, and vulnerable populations. Every day, we treat challenging cases and complex medical problems.
  • A collaborative atmosphere. Our single site campus and shared commitment to healthcare for all results in a true team approach. Residents and fellows work side-by-side with other specialties, nurses, clinical pharmacists, and a range of professionals at all levels. Our programs foster communication, reduce anxiety, and build trust, all of which improves patient care.