Hospital Medicine Pathway

The Hospital Medicine Pathway is an innovative, joint venture of the HealthPartners Medical Group, Division of Hospital Medicine and the Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. 

Hospital medicine physicians seek to teach all students and residents the fundamentals in the care of the hospitalized patient. Those residents interested in pursuing a career in hospital medicine may do so with the guidance of the section of Hospital Medicine within the Department of Medicine. Our curriculum is geared to train young physicians to be practitioners, educators, researchers, and leaders in hospital medicine. This mission will be accomplished during the three years of Internal Medicine training.

The curriculum is built on the foundation of the world-renowned Internal Medicine residency training program at the University of Minnesota. It will be guided by the principles of the Hospital Medicine Core competencies adopted by the Society for Hospital Medicine and the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Opportunities for research will enhance experience further and nurture those interested in developing clinical research skills. Senior residents may also be asked to participate in continuing medical education programs as faculty speakers. A poster presentation at either regional or national Society of Hospital Medicine meetings will be expected. This may be accomplished with a clinical vignette, program innovation, research or quality improvement project.


    Residents may apply for the pathway anytime during PGY1 or the first half of PGY2 year.

    To apply, please email pathway leads with a letter of interest. We will then set up an interview.

    Emphasis will be placed on applicants who have a strong interest in Hospital Medicine as a career. Must be in good standing within the Residency Program.


    • You will be assigned to a staff hospitalist to act as a mentor throughout residency

    • Complete a hospital medicine focused QI project

    • Attend and present at hospital medicine journal club

    • Attend Society of Hospital Medicine Leadership Academy

    • Opportunity to present at Society of Hospital Medicine National Conference if accepted.

    • Opportunity to experience rural hospital medicine

    • Additional opportunities to meet with hospital leaders, learn about documentation/coding, economics of healthcare, hospital triage and leadership

    • Quarterly Pathway meetings on a wide range of topics.


    This new elective was created in July of 2011 to allow the resident to experience the role of a hospitalist at an academic, tertiary care referral center. The resident rotates on a staff-only service (Gold Medicine), working one on one with an attending and also a physician assistant to care for inpatients at UMMC. The schedule mimics the "real life" world of hospital medicine, with two weeks "on" and two weeks "off". During the "off" weeks, the resident is encouraged to attend committee meetings and lectures, as well as complete online learning through the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) with modules covering patient safety and quality improvement. This online learning can earn a certificate of completion which will enhance the resident's application for a future hospitalist position. Contact the course director, Dr. Kay Lane at, for more information.

    Director of UMMC Hospitalist Elective

    Dr. Kay Lane

    Hospitalist Pathway Lead at UMMC

    Dr. Melissa Plesac

    Director of Regions Hospitalist Elective and Hospitalist Pathway Lead

    Dr. Mary Fredrickson