Internal Medicine Residency

Internal Medicine with a Multi-Cultural Perspective

About Our Program

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From chronic illnesses and infectious diseases to primary care and international health, the Internal Medicine Residency at HCMC immerses our internists in a diverse and truly global clinical experience that starts right in the heart of Minnesota. With access to cutting-edge technology and care, a curriculum recognized for excellence, strong research opportunities, and diverse, hands-on experience, our program helps develop outstanding clinicians in all subspecialties. Internal Medicine residents may also opt for specialized training in our Global Health or Primary Care Pathways.

HCMC residents train at an institution dedicated to teaching. HCMC serves as the region’s busiest Level I Trauma Center, and the primary healthcare system for the Twin Cities' immigrant and underserved population.

Our collegial, academic environment fosters learning at all levels. Through our single-site program, our residents develop strong relationships not only within Internal Medicine, but with colleagues in all disciplines. Together, this broad experience builds exceptional skills, insights, and confidence, which qualify our graduates for immediate clinical practice, hospitalist positions, or fellowships and advanced training opportunities around the world.

What Sets Us Apart

  • Multi-cultural perspective. Few U.S. sites offer the rich diversity of patient experience that HCMC provides. As the region’s safety net hospital, residents interact daily with patients speaking dozens of languages and presenting pathology from cardiovascular disease to tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. Beyond our borders, our established Global Health curriculum and Global Health Pathways electives enable residents to train in places as diverse as Nepal, Pakistan, and South Africa.
  • Primary Care track. Our Primary Care Pathway elective provides focused teaching in outpatient management, ambulatory procedures, chronic care management, and practice management for residents interested in a primary care career.
  • Educational Innovations site. The Internal Medicine Residency program is one of only 21 in the country selected by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) as an "Educational Innovation" demonstration site. Our curriculum serves as a model for programs around the country looking to enhance patient safety and outcomes. HCMC has participated since the project’s inception in 2005.
  • Collegial academic environment. Every day, our residents work side-by-side with medical students, fellows, faculty, and specialists from numerous disciplines—a mix that encourages constant discussion, analysis, and a scholarly approach to patient problems. More than 200 physicians train full-time in HCMC programs, and another 100 medical students and professionals rotate at HCMC each month, providing ample opportunity for supervision and collaboration. As an academic system, we maintain a long tradition of cooperative teamwork that leads to great patient care.
  • Cutting-edge equipment. Our facility and our curriculum integrate the latest technology. Residents learn and utilize our Epic Electronic Medical Records system, interdisciplinary simulation and education center, and other state-of-the-art tools. We also offer bedside ultrasound training.
  • Employment and fellowship opportunities. Our internists are continually in demand for top clinical positions. Others go on to obtain subspecialty fellowships across the country. Over the last decade, we’ve achieved over 95% fellowship placement success for our alumni.

About Our Facility

Internal Medicine residents benefit from HCMC’s single-site campus, which spans five city blocks in downtown Minneapolis and houses in-patient and ambulatory services, our Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center, the region’s highest volume Emergency Department, and numerous specialty clinics—all within a single facility. We operate clinics in Somali, Russian, and Spanish, and employ a staff of 40 full-time interpreters to support our diverse patient base.

Internal Medicine Department Facts

  • All subspecialties represented
  • Inpatient service of approximately 140 beds
  • Admit about 900 patients per month
  • Average length of in-hospital stay of 4.0 days
  • Paperless environment, with Level 7 implementation of Epic Electronic Medical Records system
  • Structured delivery systems for the elderly, as well as for patients with cardiovascular diseases, renal diseases, HIV, cancer, and metabolic disorders
  • Clinical outcomes exceed national benchmark experiences

Contact us

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Michelle Herbers

Program Coordinator
Phone: 612-873-4733

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Jessica Norles

Senior Medical Administrative Assistant
Phone: 612-873-8722

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Danelle Sullivan

Medical Student Coordinator
Phone: 612-873-8723

Hennepin County Medical Center
Medicine Education Program, G5
701 Park Avenue South
Minneapolis MN 55415

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The Internal Medicine Residency at HCMC is ACGME accredited.