Emergency Medicine Residency

A Three-Year Program Producing Leaders in the Field

Pioneering emergency training since 1972

Richard Gray Bio Photo Program Highlights EM Graphic

I have the greatest job in the world! Getting the "keys to the car" of this awesome program, in its 5th decade, has been an incredible growth experience and as challenging and invigorating as one might imagine. With an outstanding patient base, wonderful facilities with all bells and whistles accounted for and most importantly incredible residents, all that remains is to bring our vision of truly tailored resident education, evaluation, and "personal improvement plans" into reality. Thanks to the commitment of a talented and dedicated faculty and our leadership team of associate program director, Dr. Danielle Hart, assistant program director, Dr. Megan Rischall, and coordinators Mary Hirschboeck and Margaret Miller, we are doing just that.

I believe the mission statement of our Program Evaluation and Improvement Committee (PEIC) says it all:
"The PEIC should be a collaboration between residency leadership and residents to proactively improve our emergency medicine training program to produce compassionate, effective and innovative emergency medicine physicians."

"To provide a venue for resident representatives and faculty to work together to improve the HCMC EM residency so it may continue to be a program that leads the nation in integrated clinical practice, education, and research, while maintaining a culture where residents, PAs and faculty have fun and feel respected as integral members of a team whose goal is to provide outstanding patient care while bettering emergency medicine."

With our full 10 year reaccreditation, we are off and running. – Dr. Richard Gray

About our program

Few programs offer the hands-on critical care experience, resident autonomy and access to state-of-the-art medical technology as the Emergency Medicine Residency at HCMC. Launched in 1972, our program is the second-oldest in the U.S.—and still at the forefront of critical care education and training.

From day one, you will assume critical decision-making responsibilities in a supportive, collaborative, and fast-paced environment. You will interact with dedicated faculty and provide care to a diverse population that includes both urban and underserved individuals, as well as trauma patients from across Minnesota and neighboring states.

Your work in our Level I Trauma Center and the state’s largest and busiest Emergency Department will give you the clinical skills, acute care experience and procedural confidence that make our graduates some of the most sought-after emergency professionals in the field.

What sets us apart

  • Substantial responsibility and autonomy. Our residents take an early and active role in patient care and obtain decision-making roles quickly. Within the Emergency Department, residents direct the initial stabilization of all critical patients, including trauma cases, and oversee all critical care. As part of our program, you will manage all airway interventions, procedural sedation, orthopedic reductions and stabilizations, and other key procedures.
  • Hands-on leadership roles. Third year residents put their clinical training, communication skills, and team leadership into practice with a year-long "Pit Boss" responsibility. This invaluable opportunity allows you to direct patient care during actual Emergency Department operation. In year two, residents attain significant leadership roles in the MICU and supervise medical students in off-service rotations.
  • Employment and fellowship opportunities. Our Emergency Medicine residents receive full time job offers and fellowship acceptances from leading institutions, most well before graduation. Approximately one-third of recent graduates pursued and secured fellowships, with many continuing their education at HCMC.
  • Collaboration and teamwork. From the weekly critical care conference to day-to-day work in the Emergency Department, residents interact with staff from numerous departments and specialties. We maintain a long tradition of cooperative, non-hierarchical teamwork that leads to low anxiety and great patient care.
  • Active research support. Our pioneering Research Associate Program enables busy residents to undertake clinical projects while maintaining regular duties. Student volunteers, called RAs, staff the Emergency Department 24/7 to qualify and enroll patients in clinical studies. Our faculty and residents perform approximately 10-20 active clinical projects each year.
  • Individual attention. Every resident focuses on a customized learning plan, and meets multiple times each year with program leadership to discuss mentoring and career opportunities. Our program spurs regular interaction with colleagues across disciplines.
  • Integrated technology. Like our facility, our curriculum integrates the latest equipment. You will learn and utilize our bedside ultrasound program, advanced airway equipment, hyperbaric chamber, interdisciplinary simulation and education center, and other state-of-the-art tools as part of your daily routine.

About Our Facility

The Emergency Department is located within the main HCMC campus, which spans five city blocks in downtown Minneapolis. We handle cases at all levels of severity, including day-to-day emergencies and disaster response. We also provide the entire spectrum of care for injured patients, from pre-hospital care and transport through rehabilitation.

Emergency Department Facts

  • A premier Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center
  • More than 100,000 visits and 58,000 ambulance runs annually
  • Includes 45 examination rooms and four stabilization rooms
  • Dedicated CT scanner and complete digital medical imaging system
  • Over 25 ultrasound machines with full wireless connectivity
  • Updated triage area including four treatment rooms
  • Resident work area
  • Electronic Health Records and fully integrated Epic system
  • Dedicated computer access at all clerical, nursing and physician workstations


Mary Hirschboeck, Residency Coordinator

Mary Hirschboeck

Residency Coordinator
Phone: 612-873-5645
Email: mary.hirschboeck@hcmed.org

Hennepin County Medical Center
701 Park Avenue, Mail Code 825
Minneapolis MN 55415

Margaret Miller, Residency Coordinator

Margaret Miller

Residency Coordinator
Phone: 612-873-4906
Email: margaret.miller@hcmed.org

Hennepin County Medical Center
701 Park Avenue, Mail Code 825
Minneapolis MN 55415

Richard Gray Bio Photo

Richard Gray, MD

Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency Program
Phone: 612-873-2399
Email: grayx022@umn.edu

Danielle Hart Bio Photo

Danielle Hart, MD

Associate Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency Program
Phone: 612-873-5387
Email: danielle.hart@hcmed.org

Megan Rischall Bio Photo

Megan Rischall, MD

Assistant Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency Program
Phone: 612-873-2963
Email: megan.rischall2@hcmed.org

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The Emergency Medicine Residency Program is ACGME accredited.