Emergency Medicine at Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic's Department of Emergency Medicine 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 medical issues.


The goal of the point-of-care emergency ultrasound education at Mayo Clinic is to train you to become competent in diagnostic and procedural ultrasound that prepares you for independent practice in any clinical setting. State-of-the-art equipment and workflow solutions support both basic and advanced emergency ultrasound applications.

Currently, you have a half-month introductory rotation as a first-year resident and the option for an in-depth, focused month long advanced experience as a third-year resident. 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. In addition, a robust quality assurance program provides constant feedback for scans done during regular clinical shifts.

As part of your didactic curriculum, you 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 the area of emergency ultrasound, which has translated into numerous abstract presentations and articles published in peer-reviewed publications.

Mayo Clinic emergency medicine resident discussing a case with faculty member

International emergency medicine

Mayo Clinic is an international leader in medicine. You have the opportunity to join faculty on international emergency medicine projects, including those in Haiti, Chile, Sweden, Japan, Kenya, Nepal, Tanzania and others. 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 in international emergency medicine.

Critical care

In addition to practicing emergency medicine in a high-acuity setting, with 12 percent of admitted patients going to an ICU setting, you are required to spend at least five months working in Mayo Clinic's cutting-edge ICUs. Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, features approximately 200 ICU beds housed in several surgical, medical and mixed ICUs, as well as a dedicated neurologic ICU and pediatric ICU. An extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) team is available 24 hours a day and can be called to the emergency department.

In addition to attending daily rounds and conferences and actively caring for patients with critical illnesses in the ICU, you attend a two-day intensive care boot camp in surgical critical care featuring skill labs as well as didactics in preparation for running the surgical ICU in the PGY-2 year.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

You have the opportunity to train in Mayo Clinic Medical Transport, which serves southeastern Minnesota, western Wisconsin and northern Iowa. As a senior resident, you receive direct EMS administration experience through medical control for both Mayo One and the regional EMS system.

Anuradha Luke, M.D., one of the emergency medicine attending physicians, is the medical director of Gold Cross Ambulance Service, emergency ground medical transport and Mayo Clinic Medical Transport. In addition, Dr. Luke is the medical director for the Emergency Medicine Paramedic Program through Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.

Sept. 21, 2017