Preparing for your training
As you prepare for training at Hennepin Healthcare, we want to make your transition as smooth as possible. Find graduate medical education resources for your residency or fellowship program.
Is Hennepin Healthcare Right For Me?
Dr. Meghan Walsh
Chief Medical Education Officer
Twelve years ago, I interviewed at Hennepin Healthcare as a candidate for the internal medicine residency. I knew I wanted to train in a high-performing program with a diverse patient population, but as a medical student training out of state, I knew little about its culture, educational approach or patients. A single interview was all it took to convince me: Hennepin Healthcare’s open, interdisciplinary culture, its passionate faculty, and its commitment to delivering the best care for all populations made it my top choice.
Much has changed since I completed my residency in 2004 and joined the faculty a year later:
- We’ve gone completely paperless with a Level 7 implementation of our Electronic Medical Records System—something less than 2% of U.S. hospitals have achieved.
- We’ve launched an Interdisciplinary Simulation and Education Center that uses state-of-the-art procedural technology to support hands-on, interactive training.
- Our residents and fellows have treated victims of the I-35W bridge collapse and cared for immigrants who speak more than 20 different languages.
- We’ve renewed our Level I trauma center status and received a "Best U.S. Hospitals" ranking from U.S. News and World Report for fourteen consecutive years.
The list goes on — but what hasn’t changed is our dedication to training the nation’s top medical professionals, and to care for some of the most diverse and challenging patient groups anywhere in the country.
If you’re looking for an organization that truly values your work, a team of faculty who love to teach, or a setting where you will not only learn but lead, then there’s no better choice than Hennepin Healthcare.
As the head of medical education and an academic hospitalist, I’m often asked what sets our programs apart. From personal experience and feedback from both our graduates and patients, I know that a rotation, residency, or fellowship at Hennepin Healthcare will prepare you for the toughest challenges in your field. Through our tradition of teaching and our culture of openness and inquiry, you’ll have a voice in how your program is organized, an integral role on the clinical team, and a strong working relationship with colleagues in all specialties.
Happily, I’m not alone in my story; more than 80% of our faculty completed their residencies here and returned to teach a new generation of healthcare professionals. Together, we look forward to being part of your journey. Thank you for considering Hennepin Healthcare.
Preparing For Your Training at Hennepin Healthcare
As you prepare for training at Hennepin Healthcare, we want to make your transition as smooth as possible. Use these helpful resources for additional information.
For more information, contact Judi Shurson.
Resources for Prospective Residents, Fellows, and Families
- Resident Recruitment, Eligibility and Selection Policy (PDF)
- Resident Contract Example (PDF)
- About the Twin Cities
- Housing (Real estate, leasing)
- Support and Networking for Spouses
J-1 Visa Information
Any incoming trainee, resident or fellow, who is an International Medical Graduate (IMG) must be certified by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) prior to the start of their training program. For more information about J-1 visas and sponsorship, access the following documents. All documents are in PDF format.
- View general J-1 Visa information
- View the J-1 Visa checklist for initial sponsorship
- View the J-1 Visa checklist for continued sponsorship
- View the J-1 Visa arrival validation information
Resident and Fellow Manuals
All of the following documents are in PDF format.
Download the 2019-2020 Resident/Fellow Manual.
Individual Program Manuals—Residency Programs:
- Dentistry (General Practice)
- Emergency Medicine
- Family Medicine
- Internal Medicine
- Podiatric Surgery
- Psychiatry (Hennepin-Regions)
- Transitional Year
Individual Program Manuals—Fellowships:
Salary & Benefits
Hennepin Healthcare offers competitive salary and benefits to all residents and fellows, including health, dental, and life insurance, as well as paid vacation, time off for academic or interview leave, and confidential counseling through the Resident Assistance Program.
- Vacation: Three weeks paid vacation for residents and fellows of all years.
- Parking: Free parking, provided in a ramp adjacent to the hospital.
- Meals: Generous meal allowance for residents.
- Moonlighting: Opportunities are available to all residents and fellows PGY-2 and higher who are U.S. citizens.
- Fitness: HCMC offers a 24-hour exercise center.
- Leave: Residents and fellows are eligible for academic or interview leave, which varies by program.
Salary for 2020-2021
Deferred Compensation 457 Plan
As an alternative to Social Security, you may elect to participate in a deferred compensation plan. A percentage of your pre-tax base pay is contributed to your designated investment options in the Minnesota Deferred Compensation 457 Plan.
Hennepin Healthcare offers residents and fellows a standard package of coverage.
- Health: Medical benefits are provided by Medica.
- Dental: Dental coverage is available for purchase by residents.
- Life: Hennepin Healthcare offers basic life insurance of $50,000 for individual coverage only.
- Malpractice: Hennepin Healthcare covers resident physicians for malpractice claims, with continuing coverage for any claim that arose during the course of the residency or fellowship.
- COBRA: Continuation of benefits coverage.
- Travel: MedEx Travel Insurance
Hennepin Healthcare’s standard policy follows the Minnesota statute on parental leave. Requests will be granted through the program director.
Resident Assistance Program
The Resident Assistance Program is an employee assistance program designed specifically for residents. Sand Creek counselors have particular expertise in dealing with the unique needs of individuals in their residency training programs. This program is designed for you and your family members, your faculty, attending physicians, department heads and supervisors who need help dealing with resident-related concerns. Contact a Sand Creek counselor at 651-430-3383 for free, confidential consults.
Graduate Medical Education staff work within the Office of the Medical Director to oversee residency, fellowship, and other continuing education programs at Hennepin Healthcare. For program information or to apply for a residency or fellowship, contact the coordinator of each program. To request verification of your completed residency, contact the appropriate coordinator. Faculty profiles can be found within each residency or fellowship program.
Meghan Walsh, MD is the Chief Medical Education Officer and Associate Medical Director at Hennepin Healthcare. She oversees all of the undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs within the Office of the Medical Director. She also is the Program Director of the Transitional Residency Program. She works primarily as an academic hospitalist in cardiology.
Howard R. Schur, GME Operations Manager is the GME Operations Manager for the Hennepin Healthcare's GME Programs within the Office of the Medical Director. Howard is the administrative partner for the overall management and operations of the GME Programs. Howard brings with him 30 years of health care and higher education leadership experience, with a focus on GME, education, operations, and planning.
Judi Shurson has been the Graduate Medical Education Administrative Coordinator as well as the Program Co-Coordinator for the Transitional Year residency program for the past 18 years. She works with all new residents and fellows by planning and executing Orientation, as well as being the main contact for all current trainees. Judi’s position covers a wide range of administrative duties and provides support to all areas of Graduate Medical Education here at Hennepin Healthcare.
Residency Program Coordinators
Dentistry (General Practice), Danelle Sullivan, [email protected]
Dentistry (Pediatrics), Danelle Sullivan, [email protected]
Emergency Medicine, Mary Hirschboeck, [email protected]
Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine, Mary Hirschboeck, [email protected]
Family and Community Medicine, Judi Shurson, [email protected], Jen Seokaran, [email protected]
Internal Medicine, Michelle Herbers, [email protected], Nina Setala, [email protected]
Podiatric Surgery, Meagan McCabe, [email protected]
Psychiatry (Hennepin-Regions), Sandy Robinson, [email protected]
Surgery, Charleana Harris, [email protected], Meagan McCabe, [email protected],
Transitional Year, Katie Dolan, [email protected]
Fellowship Program Coordinators
Advanced Heart Failure, Cheryl Christenson,[email protected]
Cardiovascular Disease, Cheryl Christenson, [email protected]
Critical Care Medicine, Cheryl Christenson, [email protected]
Clinical Informatics, Katie Dolan, [email protected]
Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Maggie Miller, [email protected]
Emergency Medical Services, Maggie Miller, [email protected]
Geriatric Medicine, Maggie Miller, [email protected]
Interventional Cardiology, Cheryl Christenson, [email protected]
Nephrology, Danelle Sullivan, [email protected]
Sleep Medicine, Danelle Sullivan, [email protected]
Transplant Cardiology, Cheryl Christenson, [email protected]
Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine, Maggie Miller, [email protected]
The Alumni Update Form is intended for outgoing graduates, past graduates of Hennepin Healthcare residency and fellowship programs and medical staff alumni.
Enter your post-graduation personal and professional contact information. Then complete ONE of the sections, as appropriate: Section A if you will be entering medical practice at an institution other than Hennepin Healthcare OR Section B if you will be entering a non-Hennepin Healthcare residency or fellowship program OR Section C if you will be continuing on at Hennepin Healthcare as a fellow or as medical staff.
Past residency/fellowship graduates
Enter your personal contact information in the top section, the program/department name, years of your residency/fellowship training at Hennepin Healthcare, and your current employment information in Section A.
Medical staff alumni
Medical staff includes those who worked at Hennepin Healthcare but did not do residency/fellowship training at Hennepin Healthcare. Enter your personal contact information in the top section, choose "non-applicable" for program name and years of residency/fellowship training, and enter your current employment information in Section A.
To enter or change your preferences for information and updates, please complete the checkboxes in Section D.
By providing this information you agree to allow Hennepin Healthcare/HHF to use the information you provide for alumni activities, to be aggregated for Annual Reporting and for CMS auditing purposes. Your privacy is important to us and the information you provide here will not be used for anything outside these specified activities.