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Emergency Medicine at Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic's Emergency Department sees more than 80,000 patients annually. It serves as a local department and regional referral center for close to 1 million people in the region. The vast majority of every shift is spent practicing "bread and butter" emergency medicine, as well as medical, pediatric and trauma resuscitations intertwined with challenging and complex patients.


Point-of-care emergency ultrasound training at Mayo Clinic is multifaceted and evolving rapidly. Currently, all residents have a half-month introductory rotation as interns and a month-long advanced experience as third-year residents. These months provide time for direct, hands-on learning with one of the emergency ultrasound faculty and individualized study through active scanning, as well as text and interactive media.

As part of their didactic curriculum, residents also receive quarterly ultrasound teaching led by Mayo Clinic faculty and guest presenters from around the country. Residents have taken advantage of opportunities for research and quality improvement within emergency ultrasound, which has translated into numerous abstract presentations and peer-reviewed publications — in addition to improving what is already a robust and longitudinal ultrasound training experience at Mayo Clinic.

International emergency medicine

Mayo Clinic is an international leader in medicine. Residents have the opportunity to join several faculty on international emergency medicine projects, including those in Haiti, Chile, Sweden, Japan, Kenya, Nepal and Tanzania, to name a few countries. All international rotations are reviewed and sponsored by the Mayo International Health Program. The supportive environment, institutional leadership and well-connected faculty make our program the ideal place to become a leader on international emergency medicine.

Critical care

Our high-acuity patients — there is an approximately 20 percent intensive care unit (ICU) admit rate — provide ample procedural opportunity, which is in addition to our robust critical care curriculum that includes at least five months of time in the ICU.

Mayo Clinic has always been a leader in cardiovascular care, and our Emergency Department plays an integral role, pioneering emergency medicine physician-initiated cardiac catheterization laboratory activation. By training at an institution known for excellence in education, residents benefit from top-notch cardiovascular teaching in the department through lectures and multiple research projects.

Emergency medical services (EMS)

Residents have the opportunity to train in Mayo Clinic Medical Transport, which serves southeastern Minnesota, western Wisconsin and northern Iowa. Senior residents receive direct EMS administration experience through medical control for both Mayo One and the regional EMS system.

Daniel G. Hankins, M.D., one of the emergency medicine attending physicians, is past president of the Association of Air Medical Services. In addition, Dr. Hankins has been selected to receive the American College of Emergency Physicians' National Contribution to EMS Award.

Anuradha Luke, M.D., is director of EMS ground operations for southeastern Minnesota.

  • July 11, 2013
  • ART452683