Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

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Two-year program with clinical focus

Advanced Critical Care Training

About Our Program

Founded in 1990, the Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at Hennepin County Medical Center delivers advanced clinical training in a diverse, multi-cultural patient environment. The fellowship includes rotations at four leading healthcare systems in the Twin Cities. We accept two fellows per year.

Our two-year program is ideal for those planning to practice critical care medicine as their primary specialty. The first year curriculum is entirely clinical. Our second year includes four required clinical rotations, two months of elective clinical rotations, and six months of clinical research.

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We welcome candidates from ACGME-accredited residencies in internal medicine and emergency medicine. In addition, individuals who have successfully a completed a fellowship in a subspecialty of internal medicine, such as pulmonary, nephrology, infectious diseases, or cardiology, may consider our program for an abbreviated, one-year fellowship opportunity that provides additional clinical experience and skill development.

What sets us apart

  • Diverse clinical experience. Rotations at four leading hospitals give fellows ample opportunity to acquire and improve procedural skills, manage critically ill patients, and develop leadership abilities. Our program includes trauma situations, advanced disease states, pre-transplant, neuro-critical care, and advanced cardiac-intensive opportunities. Training at public, private, and university hospitals ensures exposure to a broad spectrum of patients and pathology; HCMC rotations provide a true multi-cultural perspective on care.
  • Collegial, academic environment. Our faculty are practicing physicians with a commitment to education. Fellows work daily with specialists, residents, and colleagues across disciplines—a mix that encourages constant discussion, analysis, and a scholarly approach to patient problems. As an academic system, we maintain a long tradition of cooperative teamwork that leads to great patient care.
  • Clinical research opportunities. Fellows in our two-year program actively pursue a clinical research project of their choice during six months of protected research time. Each fellow develops a project for presentation at a national or regional scientific meeting or for publication.
  • Advanced technology. Across our sites, fellows work with the latest technology. HCMC operates a completely paperless environment, with Level 7 implementation of the Epic electronic medical records system. Fellows train for real-life procedural situations in our state-of-the-art Interdisciplinary Simulation and Education Center , and utilize our bedside ultrasound and cardiac echocardiography, advanced cardiovascular and respiratory monitoring capabilities, and other cutting-edge tools.
  • Alumni achievements. The Critical Care Medicine Fellowship prepares physicians for sought-after opportunities in clinical practice. One hundred percent of our graduates over the past five years have successfully passed their Board exams. Most alumni today practice critical care medicine in Minnesota.

About Our Facility

Hennepin County Medical Center
The Critical Care Medicine Fellowship is based within the main HCMC 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 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.

In addition to training at HCMC, fellows rotate at three additional hospital sites in the Minneapolis area:

  • Abbott Northwestern Hospital
    As the largest hospital in the Twin Cities, Abbott Northwestern is recognized nationally and locally for its exceptional expertise and care. Each year, the hospital serves more than 200,000 patients and their families from across the Twin Cities and Upper Midwest.
  • Methodist Hospital
    Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park is renowned for high quality patient care, medical expertise, and disease management. It is recognized as an area leader in cancer, cardiovascular, and maternity care, and neurorehabilitation medicine.
  • University of Minnesota Fairview Medical Center
    Through partnership with the University of Minnesota Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, Fairview Medical Center specializes in breakthrough treatments, surgical techniques, lifesaving therapies, and training tomorrow’s physicians. Clinical trials advance its clinical services, bringing the very newest ideas in patient care.


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Cheryl Christenson

Fellowship Coordinator
Phone: 612-873-9990

Hennepin County Medical Center
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, G5
701 Park Avenue, Minneapolis MN 55415

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The Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at HCMC is ACGME accredited.