ER training was valuable

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I attended the University of Minnesota Medical School from 2003-2007 and then completed an emergency medicine residency at HCMC. I was drawn to the ER because of the wide variety of patients who come there for help. HCMC was the perfect fit for me! I was a chief resident in my final year of residency and was awarded the Ernie Ruiz Resident Achievement Award — Ernie Ruiz was one of the founders of Emergency Medicine in this country and an innovator in Emergency Medicine practice and training.

Now I practice at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, but I still volunteer at HCMC, including in the simulation lab with emergency medicine residents, which helps the ER doctors-in-training work through difficult cases and hone their skills. I, like many other HCMC alumni, am devoted to continuing to support HCMC because, after spending time there, one realizes what a unique and valuable place it is!

- Dr. Heidi Flashinski Walz, Roseville, MN