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Department and Faculty

From the program director

James Homme, M.D.The goal of the Emergency Medicine Residency is to train emergency physicians who are professional, compassionate, clinically proficient, patient-centered, and evidence-based in their approach. We aspire to prepare you to become a leader in your chosen community, wherever you choose to live and serve.

As with many successful organizations, what makes this place tick is not the state-of-the-art facilities or the excellent curricular and educational programming, but the people and the group effort of those people — the department chair, the program and off-service faculty, and the support staff, not to mention the phenomenal residents. 

At Mayo Clinic, you will find outstanding individuals who work together as a team to offer the very best in patient care and emergency medicine education.

James Homme, M.D.
Program Director

Program leadership

Kristi Colbenson, M.D.

Kristi Colbenson, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
Sports Medicine
Associate Program Director

Medical school: Mayo Clinic School of Medicine
Residency: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Fellowship: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Primary Care Sports Medicine
Interests: Sideline emergency management, cardiovascular collapse in athletes, musculoskeletal trauma in the emergency department, musculoskeletal curricular development for emergency medicine residents

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Alex Finch, M.D.

Alex Finch, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
Associate Program Director

Medical school: University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Residency: Emergency Medicine, Programs in Rochester, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education
Interests: Residency education, critical care, and resuscitation

Sara Hevesi, M.D.

Sara Hevesi, M.D.

Instructor, Emergency Medicine
Emergency Department Director of Behavioral Health
Assistant Program Director

Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
Residency: Regions Hospital/Health Partners Emergency Medicine Residency
Interests: Medical education (resuscitation, journal club, FOAMed, simulation), wellness, emergency psychiatric care, mass casualty/disaster preparedness, trauma, palliative care, women’s health, and cardiology

Jim Homme, M.D.

Jim Homme, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Residency Program Director

Medical school: Mayo Clinic School of Medicine
Residency: Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine and Emergency Medicine
Interests: Pediatric emergency medicine, all things Ketamine, international emergency medicine, broadening the scope of emergency medicine and pediatric emergency medicine practice, medical education and innovation

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Benjamin Sandefur, M.D.

Benjamin Sandefur, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
Associate Program Director
Faculty Recruitment Chair

Medical school: Mayo Clinic School of Medicine
Residency: Brigham and Women's Hospital Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency
Interests: Medical education, clinical decision making, emergency airway management, angioedema

Darcie Skoda

Darcie Skoda

Residency Program Coordinator

Faculty

The Emergency Medicine Residency faculty is composed of Mayo Clinic specialists, who are committed to patient care, education, and research in their daily practices. You have direct access to these individuals throughout your training.

Advisers and mentors

Faculty mentors are available to provide comprehensive educational advice and personal support. You meet with your mentor periodically throughout the program to review your progress and career goals, and ensure that your educational needs are being met. Also, your mentor may serve as a contact point for introducing you and your family to Rochester, Minnesota, and the Mayo Clinic Health System.

Visiting professors

Many prominent professors visit Mayo Clinic each year. They present their work during lectures and have informal discussions with trainees. You are encouraged to take full advantage of these educational opportunities.