A Residents perspective


At teaching hospitals in Minnesota, residents are an integral part of the care team. Often, a patient will have three physicians overseeing his or her care at a teaching hospital (An intern, senior resident, and staff physician).  This team structures provides both a tremendous educational model and a system of checks to ensure that every detail is discussed.  Since the beginning of my residency, I’ve been amazed at the extraordinary level of attention each patient receives through this care model and the impressive outcomes because of such care.

My residency training has already provided me with educational and service opportunities that I could not have imagined. It is truly shaping the doctor that I will be for the rest of my career. The mentors I’ve had at the various sites we rotate through have been tremendous educators and physicians. Not only do they teach the science of medicine, but the art of medicine. It is these mentors who are at the heart of medical education in Minnesota and are able to do what they do because of Graduate Medical Education support. 

As a Med/Peds resident physician, I know that GME supports innovative training models and new curriculum in areas like quality improvement and ultrasound guided imaging. These programs attract bright young physicians who will be future health care leaders in our state. And when physicians train in Minnesota, they most often stay in Minnesota. Minnesota has been a national leader in both health care quality and cost.  I think in large part, those statistics are a reflection of the robust physician training programs in our state. 

I am originally from Fargo, North Dakota. I completed medical school at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and my undergraduate degree at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.  I am a member of the Twin Cities Medical Society Policy Committee and an active member of the Minnesota chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  I collaborate with other physician researchers at the University of Minnesota and at Mayo, studying medical students attitudes and knowledge of health policy issues.  We have published our first paper in the Archives of Internal Medicine (Now JAMA Internal Medicine).

- Tyler Winkelman, Second year Internal Medicine & Pediatrics Resident at the University of Minnesota