Giving patients quality medical care

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I attended medical school at the University of Minnesota from 1980-1984 and then completed a family practice residency through 1987. During my training, I did clinical rotations at HCMC. Now, as a practicing emergency medicine physician at Essentia St Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd, MN, I still come to HCMC for educational opportunities such as the CALS lab and primary care and emergency medicine conferences, including ultrasound training. I also routinely transfer patients down to HCMC for those who have experienced serious trauma or are critically ill. HCMC has helped me, throughout my training and practice, to stay current in my field and give my patients quality medical care.

- Dr Michael "Joe" Walz, Brainerd, Minnesota

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