[People] Meet the Matches – Foot and Ankle Surgery Residency

The Office of Health Professional Education is excited to announce 2017 matches for the HealthPartners Institute / Foot and Ankle Surgery Residency program. The program is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME) and sponsors a Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency with Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery (PMSR/RRA). The three-year program accepts two residents per year and provides them with hands-on experience in all aspects of foot and ankle medicine and surgery.


[People] Welcome – 2017 Regions Hospital Hand Surgery Fellows!

The Office of Health Professional Education is excited to announce 2017 Regions Hospital Hand Surgery fellows for the MN Hand Surgery Fellowship program. The program is affiliated with the University of Minnesota and uses the physical facilities of Fairview-University Hospital, Regions Hospital, Gillette Children’s Hospital, and Hennepin County Medical Center. 


[People] Community Programs Come Together for Advocacy Day 2017

EM1HealthPartners CEO Mary Brainerd attending the 2017 Advocacy Day Conference at the Minnesota State Capitol last month

The emergency medicine residency programs at Regions Hospital and Hennepin County Medical Center partnered for the 2017 Emergency Medicine Residency Advocacy Day on March 23 at the Minnesota State Office Building.

The event was attended by emergency medicine residents and faculty from Regions Hospital and Hennepin County Medical Center, University of Minnesota medical students, HealthPartners leaders, and lawmakers. Drew Zinkel, MD, and Felix Ankel, MD, introduced students and residents to advocacy leaders and emphasized the importance of advocacy.

Mary Brainerd, President and CEO of HealthPartners spoke to the residents about HealthPartners’ patient-centered priorities and how our mission, vision, and values guide policy and agenda.  She provided an update on current initiatives that are HealthPartners’ priorities in the legislature and also emphasized on the need for involvement from healthcare professionals in public policy.

Advocacy day was started in 2008, to educate and inform emergency medicine residents about policy and legislation that affect both patients and medical professionals. It has served as an opportunity for residents to learn about advocacy and to share ideas directly with lawmakers.

Senators Scott Jensen, MD (R) and Matt Klein, MD (DFL), both first term senators with a special interest in health care reform, shared their experience of being policymakers as well as medical professionals.  Senator Jensen has a BA and MD from the University of Minnesota and MBA from the University of St. Thomas. He’s the founder of the Catalyst Medical Clinic in Watertown, MN and serves as Vice Chair of the Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee and member of the Higher Education Finance and Policy, Human Services Reform Finance and Policy, and Transportation Finance and Policy Committees. Senator Klein has a BS from the University of Wisconsin, MD from Mayo Medical School and completed his residency at HCMC. Senator Klein is a hospitalist at Hennepin County Medical Center and also serves on the Capital Investment, Health and Human Services Finance and Policy and Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committees.

Ramnik Dhaliwal, MD, Hennepin County Medical Center, presented an update from American College of Emergency Physicians Leadership and Advocacy Conference in Washington, DC. The presentation informed residents about the current state of policy at national and state level, as well as policy changes and how they affect emergency medicine residents and patients.

Members of the HealthPartners Government Relations team provided additional insight and updates from the legislature for the residents. Following the session, residents had an opportunity for a one on one session with their choice of legislators.

The event was made possible in part by the Mark Bernas Endowment and Regions Hospital Foundation.

[People] Meet the Matches – Psychiatry Residency Program

The Office of Health Professional Education welcomes PGY-1 class of 2017-2018 for the Hennepin-Regions Psychiatry Training Program. We are excited for the possibilities and the experience you bring to our organization.

Psych Match Announcement 2017-2018

[People] Meet the Matches – Emergency Medicine Residency

We are pleased to welcome a stellar group of incoming residents for the Regions Emergency Medicine Residency Program. The program is sponsored by the HealthPartners Institute and administered by the Office of Health Professional Education.

Congratulations to the resident class of 2020!

EM Class of 2020

Ifrah Ali

BS – Molecular Biology – San Jose State University

MD – University of California-Davis

Interests:  Spending time with family, hiking, working out, weightlifting, basketball, mentoring, charity work, reading, listening to music and & podcasts, traveling, learning about new cultures and new foods. I want to engage in international medicine and development work in poorly resourced areas, specifically in East Africa.

Maggie Barnes

BA – Biology  – Augustana College

MD – University of Wisconsin

Interests: Soccer, basketball, arts and crafts, baking, hiking, downhill skiing, traveling, watching athletic events

Maxwell Beck

BA – History, Biology – St. Olaf College

MD – Eastern Virginia Medical School

Gold Humanism Honor Society

Interests: Enjoy staying active through running, camping, canoeing, and soccer (I played competitively all four years of college). I follow English soccer and am an avid supporter of Liverpool Football Club. I recently developed an interest in woodworking and have completed three projects: two tables and an engagement ring box. I also enjoy reading, cooking, and traveling to new places.

Amy Borys

BS – Human Nutrition – Arizona State University

MD – University of North Dakota

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society

Gold Humanism Honor Society

Interests: “Cooking; Building jigsaw puzzles; Half-marathon training; Ice spear fishing; Playing volleyball; Hosting game night; Spending time at the lake; Reading novels.”

Zachary Finn

BS – Biology, Spanish – Emory University

MD – Duke University

Interests: “I enjoy cooking, exercising, and traveling with my wife. We frequently create new dishes that are combinations of our ethnic backgrounds. We love to run, bike and ski together. We hope to travel to Morocco for our delayed honeymoon this coming Spring. I learned to play guitar from my father at the age of 16. I enjoy playing as a way to wind down from a long day in the hospital. I enjoy taking yoga sculpt classes, playing intramural basketball, and finding pickup basketball and Ultimate Frisbee games.”

Jonathan Heimler

BS – Summa Cum Laude – Biology – University of North Dakota

MD – Medical College of Wisconsin

Interests: “Sports (especially football, basketball, track, baseball, volleyball, golf, badminton, and tennis); Fishing (freshwater fishing); Hunting (deer, turkey, pheasant, duck, squirrel, and rabbit); Cooking (mostly without recipes); Home-brewing beer; trying new/bizarre foods; TV shows (Scrubs, The Office, and Saturday Night Live); Movies (anything but horror movies, favorite movie- Hot Shots); Music (all types, favorite band- Counting Crows)”

Diliana Stoimenova

BS – Cum Laude – Biological Sciences, Economics – University of Missouri

MS – Integrative Physiology – University of Colorado at Boulder

MD – Creighton University

Interests:  “Nothing makes me happier than having skis attached to my feet, with water skiing only narrowly edging out alpine skiing as my absolute favorite activity. I enjoy spending as much time as I can outdoors, and try to incorporate some combination of running, hiking, yoga and/or road cycling into most of my weeks. You can also find me reading modern classic literature –anything in the Kurt Vonnegut/Joseph Heller/George Orwell vein – and exploring new cities, pretending I’m a photographer with my DSLR in tow.”

Mary Swiggum

BA – Biology – St. Olaf College

MD – University of Minnesota

Interests: “Running marathons, coaching, yoga, hiking, cross-country skiing, traveling, visiting family (especially my niece), playing cribbage.”

Andrea Weiers

BS – Biochemistry – University of St. Thomas

MD – University of Minnesota

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society

Interests: “Exploring the outdoors, all things water-related (swimming, boating, kayaking), running, reading, baking, volleyball, travel, house design, homemade ice cream creations”

Cady Welch

BS – Biology – University of South Florida

MD – University of South Florida

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society

Gold Humanism Honor Society

Interests: “Running – have run in many local 5ks and 10ks, and a half marathon; Scuba Diving off the coast of and in the natural springs in Florida; Outdoor activities including hiking, trail biking, kayaking; Boating and fishing in Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico; Travelling – have travelled to Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, and many places in GA, SC, and NC in the past 5 years; Cooking and baking; My two Australian Shepherds; Spending time with family and friends.”

[People] For the love of healthcare: HealthPartners colleague looks forward to clinical training

Untitled pictureSarah Tupper has 15 plus years of experience in health informatics, and currently works for the health plan as a Senior Health and Care Engagement Consultant at HealthPartners. She is also a Nurse Practitioner trainee and begins her clinical training with HealthPartners in May. In this blog post, she shares with us her passion for healthcare—business and clinical.

What is your current role at HealthPartners?

I work as a senior clinical solutions consultant. I am most involved with high cost case analyses, disease and case management, and work as a bridge between sales and health plan solutions. I was purposeful when looking for an organization that would support and leverage my clinical background along with business expertise, as well as offer clinical training sites for nurse practitioner students.  HealthPartners fit perfectly with what I was looking for.

What made you decide to train as a nurse practitioner?

I graduated from nursing school in 1991. My first nursing job was in a small rural hospital, and then I moved to the Twin Cities and started working in critical care (ICU/CCU) nursing at Fairview Riverside. When it became part of Group Health (the predecessor to HealthPartners), I recognized that there was something special about the Group Health culture.  There was a theme of team work with mutual respect and value for every discipline on the team, and the work was largely evidence based. I wanted to pursue that sort of team and evidence based work. Soon after, I developed a severe latex allergy and had to stop clinical practice. I began working in health informatics—I missed working as a clinical nurse but it let me stay close to the healthcare profession.

After 16 years, when I realized that clinical settings had become latex safe, I decided to give clinical practice another try. During this time, I had also finished a master’s degree in nursing and health systems administration with a minor in health informatics from the University of Minnesota. I always knew that I wanted to return to direct patient care, and when I did, I wanted to practice to the full scope of my training, so I decided to apply to nurse practitioner schools.

What are your expectations from being a trainee at HealthPartners?

I start my first of four clinical rotations in May with HealthPartners. The leader in my current department is highly supportive and flexible with my schedule. There are very few individuals who have gone back to clinical practice after working on the “business side” of healthcare for so long, so it is new but at the same time, exciting. I know that my training will add value to the organization. Having both advanced clinical, healthcare leadership and business experience and training will mean that I can bring an expanded perspective to both the role of Nurse Practitioner and my current role with the health plan.  I see the two roles as being very synergistic.

How will you manage time during your training?

I think that working closely with your leaders is the key. It also helps to focus on only one thing at a time. I make sure that when I’m at work, I am completely focused on my work. When I am at school or studying, I am completely focused on school, and when I’m with my family, I’m completely present with them.

I like to take walks with my dog every day. I also try to include at least one fun activity a week into my schedule. When I start my clinical training, I anticipate I will have to give up some down time, but I know that it will be worth it.

Ultimately, I am looking forward to the synergy between my current knowledge and what I’ll learn in clinical training—and the benefits I will bring to both the business and clinical settings.


[People] 21 Years and Counting: Char Baum Shares her Journey at HealthPartners


If you’ve been inspired by the positive note on OHPE Office’s white board at 8170 10th floor, you have Char Baum to thank.  A habit she developed many years ago when she began her career, teaching children — Char inspires many to start their day right with a positive note every day. She’s a Program Associate with the Office of Health Professional Education and has been a part of HealthPartners for 21 years.

Tell us about your journey through HealthPartners:

21 years ago, I started in an administrative role in the cardiology department at the Riverside Clinic. Soon after, I joined the Center for Organizational Excellence and began working more closely with education. As a result of organizational restructures and many changes, I became involved with recruitment and development — eventually becoming a part of HealthPartners Institute for Medical Education (IME).

I supported the administrator of IME and the Continuing Medical Education team, working with several leaders. I became involved with various aspects of education and helping administer the newly formed Knowledge Bank Fund.

My role at IME morphed into my current role at OHPE when the Institute merged with Research then Park Nicollet to become HealthPartners Institute. I began helping with onboarding of students and many aspects of Advanced Practice.

What do you enjoy the most about your current role?

I enjoy the people I work with. I have always enjoyed working as a team. It gives me joy to look at problems and find solutions as a team — looking for different ways to improve the process. I also like the communication aspect of it, being able to connect with the people that we’re serving.

Tell us about yourself:

I was born and raised in St. Paul. I acquired a teaching degree from the University of Wisconsin. I always wanted to work in education; I used to teach in early childhood education before I joined HealthPartners. I was the first from my father’s side of the family to graduate from college.

I love kids — I have 6 grandchildren who are all 13 and under, and one on the way. I love spending time with them, especially playing sports with them. I have camped since I was young and now enjoy going to my family’s cabin and riding my bike on the trails with friends and family.

Share some lessons and insights you’ve acquired over the years:

One of the biggest lessons I have learned is that you can’t do everything by yourself — you really need a strong team to rely on. Everyone has a skill set and individual strength, and we can all help each other.

I’ve also learned that you should never be afraid to learn new skills and be flexible about embracing new tools and techniques. To grow, you have to embrace change with a positive attitude. You have to just dig in and start somewhere.

What do you like about working at HealthPartners?

I appreciate the flexibility that HealthPartners offers for its employees. Mary Brainerd is a great leader and always has the community’s best interest in mind. I also like the culture of respect, gratitude, and appreciation. There are always challenges and frustrations but when you have a great leader, it makes a difference.

Share a fun fact about yourself:

I taught Mary Brainerd’s daughter, Mary when she was in kindergarten. She is about the same age as my daughter!