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. 

Regions Hospitalists

Regions Hospitalists

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.


    There will be two opportunities to apply for enrollment during your intern year:

    • Early enrollment deadline is November 1
    • Spring deadline is April 1

    Application requirements include:

    • CV
    • Letter of Interest

    Emphasis will be placed on applicants who have a strong interest in Hospital Medicine as a career. Other factors that will be considered include prior history of QI work and good standing within the Residency Program. 


    Year One

    • Assigned to staff hospitalist at choice hospital to act as mentor throughout residency
    • Start academic activity (research vs quality improvement project)
    • Round at all three academic sites to diversify patient care experience, with goal to have more inpatient medicine ward months at choice hospitall than other sites
    • Attend Hospitalist Journal Club when at choice hospital
    • Early enrollment deadline is November 1st, spring deadline is April 1st

    Year Two

    • Start/continue academic activity
    • Attend/ present at Hospitalist Journal Club when at choice hospital
    • Majority of inpatient medicine ward months spent at choice hospital under the supervision of a staff hospitalist
    • Introduction to Hospital Medicine preceptorship at choice hospital
    • Attend Hospital Medicine retreat
    • Attend SHM Leadership Academy

    Year Three

    • Continue/finish academic activity (present poster at SHM meeting if abstract is accepted)
    • Attend/present at Hospitalist Journal Club when at choice hospital
    • Majority of inpatient medicine ward months spent at choice hospital under the supervision of a staff hospitalist
    • Advanced preceptorship in hospital medicine at choice hospital
    • Special training involving documentation/ coding, economics of healthcare, hospital triage, and leadership
    • One month advanced Hospital Medicine consultation training at choice hospital
    • Attend Hospital Medicine retreat

    Other opportunities available to interested residents:

    • ICSI/IHI Colloquium on Clinical Quality Improvement

    Director of UMMC Hospitalist Elective

    Dr. Brian Muthyala

    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 on line learning through the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) with modules covering patient safety and quality improvement. This on line learning can earn a certificate of completion which will enhance the resident's application for a future hospitalist position. Conact the course director, Brian Muthyala at, for more information. 

    Director of the Hospital Medicine Program, Division of General Medicine

    Dr. Brad Benson

    Dr. Benson graduated from medical school at Vanderbilt University then moved to the University of Minnesota for Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics training. After graduation, he served as an Internal Medicine Chief Resident at Regions Hospital then joined the faculty with a focus on medical education. Since that time he's held various leadership roles including directorship of the Primary Care Center, Med-Peds Residency Program for 10 years and currently is the Division Chief for General Internal Medicine. Over the past several years he's helped build an Academic Hospital Medicine Program within the Division and also serves as the program's Executive Director, with over 25 faculty providing 24/7 in-house coverage for our quaternary care teaching hospital. He works on both the teaching and non-teaching hospital medicine services and also sees adults and children in the ambulatory care clinic. He has academic interests in milestone-based assessment and in the care of complex adolescents and adults with childhood-onset diseases.

    Please note that the Hospital Medicine Program is a faculty program in the Division of General Internal Medicine. Upon completing residency, some of our recent graduates have joined the program here at the University.