The Front Lines of Medicine


As an emergency physician who has practiced at a high volume level 1 trauma center as a resident and a moderate volume community emergency department now, I am accustomed to practicing in a rushed environment that will only get more crunched for time in the future. In this environment, when present, residents are the physicians that are able to be the front line providers for many patients and are often able to spend significantly more time at the bedside increasing the likelihood that patients’ needs are satisfactorily met, the correct diagnosis is uncovered and appropriate treatment is provided.  In addition, graduate medical education programs are on the forefront of advancing medical knowledge through research and academic study. Graduates then disperse new knowledge and cutting edge procedures to the whole of the medical community.

Without strong graduate medical education programs in the state, the community at large assumes the risk of practicing outdated and substandard medicine.

I was born and raised in Bloomington, I stayed in the Twin Cities for my undergraduate education at Augsburg College. It was during undergraduate studies that I became interested in medicine. After a short time in Colorado after Augsburg I started my medical training at Dartmouth Medical School (now Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth) in 2004 and graduated in 2008. At that time I returned to the Twin Cities for my Emergency Medicine Residency at Regions Hospital through HealthPartners GME.  Following residency I started working with HealthEast, primarily at St. Johns Hospital and as of May will be assuming the role of Site Medical Director at the St. Johns Emergency Department.  

I am married and have three children. My wife is a veterinarian, and as such we have several pets at our home in Lakeville. I am the first in my family with a career in medicine, in fact, the first to complete an undergraduate degree.  

Dr. Eric Roth, Lakeville, Minnesota