Minnesota Chapter


President: Benji Mathews, MD 
Email: benji@umn.edu
Hospital: Regions Hospital

Vice-President: Meltiady Issa, MD
Email: meltiadi@yahoo.com
Hospital: Mayo Clinic

Secretary: Nichole Cummings, MD 
Email: nichole.cummings@centracare.com
Hospital: St Cloud Hospital/CentraCare Health

Social Media, Web Developer and Marketing: Yonatan Platt, MD
Email: yonatan.x.platt@healthpartners.com
Hospital: HealthPartners


The Minnesota Chapter represents the entire state of Minnesota.

Upcoming Meetings
SHM Minnesota Chapter Meeting
Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
O'Gara’s Bar & Grill
164 North Snelling Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104

Topic: Strategies to Improve Communication
Speakers: Brett Hendel-Paterson, MD and Ankit Mehta, MD, MBBS, FHM

The Society of Hospital Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The Minnesota Chapter was established in April 2013. Below you will find meeting details about the most recent events.


May 2017
From Thursday, May 18 to Friday, May 19, 2017, The Minnesota Chapter hosted an event at the Marriott Courtyard in Downtown Minneapolis, MN. This was the Minnesota Chapter’s third annual CME event in collaboration with multiple health systems throughout Minnesota, led by the University of Minnesota CME department this year.

The chapter was pleased to hold another successful CME conference with a broad range of attendees, topics and a particular inclusion of both medicine and pediatrics. This year, the chapter also held its first poster competition. The “Best Learner Poster” went to Drs. Ryan Miller and Teresa Fox of the University of Minnesota; “Best Staff Poster” went to Cindy Osborn and Dr. Alexander Gurfinkel of the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital. Finally, the “Audience Favorite” also went to Dr. Gurfinkel. The chapter intends to hold its fourth annual conference in 2018!

March 2017
On Friday, March 17th, 2017 the Minnesota Chapter held a 1 day Advanced Ultrasound Course focused on Hospitalists at the Simulations Center at Regions Hospital in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The course was directed by Benji Mathews, MD (Ultrasound Director, Hospital Medicine, HealthPartners). There were 30 overall attendees including faculty trainers who focused on improving upon basic skillsets previously received. This CME course sponsored by SHM focused on proper image acquisition, interpretation & clinical integration for hospitalists at the bedside of patients. Hospitalists attended focused group didactics, followed by divided groups in image interpretation and hands-on scanning with a faculty ratio of 1:2 or 1:3 (half-day scanning with live human models and an afternoon session with live patients). Image Interpretation sessions were well received with interactive smaller group learning forums reviewing high yield images and obtaining individual feedback from expert faculty. Participants also received exposure to a variety of handheld and laptop/standing ultrasound devices with overall >1200 ultrasound images obtained through the day for addition into participant portfolios. Hospitalists demonstrated marked improvement in their skillsets through the course and increased their confidence in using ultrasound at the bedside of patients. Hospitalists were encouraged to continue scanning and receive feedback in their practice environments as well as to stay tuned for additional opportunities for formal training.

October 2016
On Thursday, October 6, 2016 the Minnesota Chapter held a meeting at Four Seasons Conference Room in Maple Grove, Minnesota. Approximately 30 attendees were present from nine different hospital medicine groups. The Minnesota Chapter hosted a panel discussion on the topic of violence in the healthcare workplace. Violence in the hospital is an increasing problem and has become an unfortunate part of our day-to-day reality. From hospitalist to emergency room provider to psychiatry team to administrators, we all have a vested interest in this challenging topic. The panel discussion focused on the tragic fatal shooting at St. Cloud Hospital in 2015 to lead a discussion on lessons learned from this extreme event, particularly as it can be applied both to future crises and daily challenges.

May 2016

The Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Hospital Medicine held an event May 19–20, 2016 at the Ramada Plaza in Minneapolis, Minnesota. There were approximately 125 attendees present from 44 different hospital medicine groups.

This was the Minnesota Chapter’s second annual CME event in collaboration with multiple health systems throughout Minnesota, led by the Park Nicollet CME department. We are excited to announce that there was robust attendance with a variety of professional backgrounds and with multidisciplinary speakers representing a large number of practices. Sessions included a wide range of well-rounded topics from clinical updates to work-life balance. The conference made specific effort to be inclusive of all manner of hospitalists including family medicine and pediatrics. This CME event will take place in 2017 as well, led by the University of Minnesota CME department on an intentional rotating basis.

February 2016
On Wednesday, February 10, 2016, the Minnesota Chapter held a meeting at St. Paul College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Approximately 20 attendees were present from eight different hospital medicine groups.
Dr. Kate Venable, Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota, led the group on “patient nutrition: restriction or revolution.” This was a didactic format on education followed by hands-on cooking experience led by the St. Paul College culinary program with the opportunity for participants to create meals and eat their products.

October 2015
On Monday, October 26, 2015, the Minnesota Chapter held a meeting in the Wilf Auditorium at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Approximately 25 attendees were present from five different hospital medicine groups. An interactive panel presented on how to develop quality structures and to keep forward momentum on quality innovation efforts in your organization, with particular focus on the hospitalist perspective. The panel included Dr. Val Ulstad, CEO, Partners at Cascade Bluffs; Mary Jo Morrison, DTA Associates; Dr. Gabrielle Hester, Children’s Hospitals; Dr. Justin Kirven, Allina Health; Dr. Richard Mahr, HealthPartners; and Kasi Aten-Freese, Lead Quality Officer, UMN.

June 2015
SHM’s Minnesota Chapter held a meeting from Wednesday, June 11 – Thursday, June 12, 2015 at the Courtyard by Marriot in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The meeting was the chapter’s first state-wide hospitalist conference, where approximately 125 attendees were present.

Meeting Description
Increased specialization and rapid advances in hospital medicine make staying updated on new procedures, treatments and medication protocols difficult for clinicians who provide inpatient care. Hospital medicine update will provided the latest evidence-based guidelines and best strategies for diagnosing and treating conditions such as adult congenital heart disease, delirium and pulmonary hypertension. Highlights of the conference include practice-management sessions, emerging innovations, point-of-care ultrasound, customized learning, practical pearls and maintenance of certification modules.  The full meeting agenda can be found here.

March 2015
On Thursday, March 5, 2015, the Minnesota Chapter held a chapter meeting at Mozza Mia in Edina, Minnesota. Approximately 35 attendees were present, representing nine different hospital medicine groups. Speakers Craig Bowron, MD, Internal Medicine Hospitalist from Alina, Ankit Mehta, MD, Internal Medicine Hospitalist from HealthPartners, Joe Mercuri, MD, Internal Medicine Hospitalist from CentraCare and Mike Pitt, MD, Pediatric Hospitalist from the University of Minnesota presented on “Addressing work life balance inside and outside the hospital: hospitalists displaying their talents.”

Elections for 2015 were held with the following results:

  • President: Micah Niermann, MD
  • President-Elect: Jordan Marmet, MD
  • Secretary: Jessie Roske, MD

September, 2014
On Monday, September 11, 2014 the Minnesota Chapter held a meeting at the University of Saint Thomas (UST) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This was a collaborative event with the UST Healthcare MBA program. The night began with dinner and networking. The audience was first addressed by Stephanie Lemway, Dean of the UST Business School. Burke Kealey, MD, SFHM, President of the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) then moderated a panel discussion. On the panel were Gretchen Lennon, Abraham Jacob, MD, Howard Epstein, MD and Heidi Conrad. The panel discussed their views on value in healthcare and the role of hospitalists. In response, the audience joined in a very interactive discussion on value and demonstrating value for hospitalists, patients and finance leaders, the value of education and academia. The engaging exchange included clinicians and administrators of all levels including residents, physicians, mid-levels and administrators from more than ten hospital programs in Minnesota.

The next meeting will be held in the late summer/early fall and plans for CME will be coming soon.

February 2014
The Minnesota Chapter had another successful meeting, this time engaging local experts in non-physician hospitalists.  The chapter met on February 25th at Sweeney’s Saloon in Saint Paul. We had a tremendous attendance with over 80 attendees, and an even better open discussion and engagement about nurse practitioners and physician assistants in hospital medicine.  Our displayers were advocacy groups and educational programs representing PAs and NPs.  They served as visible and vocal resources for the group.  Several hospitalists groups shared their experiences, models, and challenges and many provided advice to their colleagues from different programs.

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