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.

Regions Hospitalist Rotation
The Regions Hospitalist elective includes 4 -weeks of focused learning in Palliative Care, Perioperative Medicine, Observation Care, Inpatient Pain Management, and Addiction Medicine. There is also be an option of spending one week of the rotation at one of our more rural, critical access hospital sites. Special emphasis will be placed on educating residents on the Core Competencies in Hospital Medicine, including understanding observation vs inpatient status, end of life care, pain management, quality improvement, and perioperative co-management.

The University Hospitalist Rotation
The UMMC Hospitalist elective is a 4-week rotation focused on learning and practicing the intricacies of hospital triage responsibilities, learning the interdisciplinary work that occurs within the inpatient setting, observing the operations of a TCU and how transfers occur, as well as best practices in hospitalist billing and coding.


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