Graduate medical education is essential to the fabric of Minnesota health care for so many reasons. To begin, residents and fellows from the backbone of care delivery at many of the state’s most prestigious medical facilities. These advanced trainees form the front line of care throughout the state, from Rochester to the Range. In the metropolitan area of the Twin Cities, it is difficult to get through a hospital stay without being seen by a current resident or fellow in some program supported by graduate medical education. Furthermore, I would wager that it is impossible to be hospitalized in the Twin Cities area without seeing a practitioner who trained under the MMCGME.
I am currently a Critical Care Medicine specialist at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids. While I grew up in Illinois and began medical school at the Southern Illinois University, I transferred to the University of Minnesota School of Medicine during my third year and graduated from the U in 2005. I completed a Transitional Year, Internal Medicine residency, and Critical Care Medicine fellowship all at Hennepin County Medical Center from 2005-2010. I currently reside in Maple Grove and have been at Mercy for over 2 years.
Mercy Hospital offers a full cadre of clinical services supporting our patients from birth through the final stages of life and all steps between. Our suburban hospital offers experts in every field of medicine in large part because we are able to retain the best and the brightest physicians trained right here through graduate medical education programs at HCMC, the University of Minnesota, Abbott Northwestern, the Mayo Clinic, and other training sites in our own state. Many of these physicians were born and raised here in Minnesota, attended medical school here, and continued their education at a graduate medical education program here in Minnesota. It is easy to establish roots in the community where you train, particularly given that residency and fellowship can last for up to 7 or 8 years.
- Dr. Ryan Dailey, Maple Grove, Minnesota