Hennepin Longitudinal Integrated Experience (HeLIX)


The Education Council recently approved a new longitudinal experience at Hennepin County Medical Center.

HeLIX is a 10-month program for third-year medical students from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and Duluth Campuses. While at HCMC you will develop strong relationships with both faculty and patients as you work through most of your core clerkships:
  • Inpatient Medicine (8 credits) 
  • Primary Care Selective (4)
  • Surgery, General (6) 
  • Surgery, Subspecialty (2) – Options include orthopedics, ophthalmology, urology
  • Pediatrics (4) 
  • OB/GYN (4) 
  • Psychiatry (4)
  • Emergency Medicine (4) 
  • Elective (4) 

Unique learning experiences:  Orientation coincides with new resident orientation, and includes primer for each specialty. Simulation-based training, learning basic principles of narrative medicine/reflective practice, weekly didactic sessions, structures formative assessment system (separate from grading), opportunities for home visits and working with ancillary services including phlebotomy, nursing, PT, OT, RT, and PharmD. 

General Timeline of HeLIX Program:

  • September-October: Recruiting
  • Early November: Application roll-out
  • Thanksgiving Weekend: Application Deadline
  • December: First round-reduction of applicant pool, interviews offered before winter break
  • January: Interviews
  • February: Participants selected and offered spot in program
  • March-May: Onboarding, information gathering, online compliance training
  • June-April: Program

Please see our website for more information or contact KayLynn Breid, Program Coordinator, kaylynn.breid@hcmed.org with questions.

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