Emergency Medicine

Key Researchers

picture of MMRF researcher Dr. James MinerJames Miner, MD, FACEP, HCMC Chief of Emergency Medicine earned his Medical Degree from Mayo Medical School. He is also a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and is an Associate Editor of Academic Emergency Medicine. His research objective is two-part: improve the safety with which pain medication is administered and explore the common factors that cause disparities in how pain medication is administered.


picture of MMRF researcher Dr. Johanna MooreJohanna Moore, MD, Emergency Medicine Research Director, graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical. She self-designed a clinical research fellowship in Emergency Medicine where she worked on clinical research projects in the Emergency Department and also completed coursework for a master’s degree in clinical research through the University of Minnesota. Her research interests include emergency airway management and management of patients in undifferentiated shock.

There are approximately 136 million visits each year to emergency rooms in the US. This amounts to a little over 44 visits for every 100 persons. The average length of time a patient will spend in the emergency room is over three hours. The number of emergency room visits has increased steadily as more and more Americans who lack adequate health insurance are unwilling to seek treatment for a condition until it has progressed to a life-threatening and painful stage. Emergency medical care facilities are increasingly challenged to meet the demands placed on their services.

The Emergency Department has been seeking solutions to the challenges of emergency medical care for decades. A tradition of medical innovation has helped HCMC earn the reputation as one of the best emergency medicine centers in the US including the certification as a Level I Trauma Center. Central to the tradition of innovation is the goal of improving patient care for those requiring emergency medical care. James Miner and Johanna Moore along with a team of HCMC physicians conduct research on emergency medicine at HHRI.

The Research Volunteer Program in the Emergency Department (ED) at Hennepin County Medical Center hosts medical students, undergraduates, graduate students, and post-graduate students interested in medical careers to participate in data collection for academic research projects. As Research Volunteers (RVs), students are afforded the opportunity to learn basic methodologies in clinical research, interact with patients, and observe the practice of emergency medicine. RVs participate daily in the innovation of medical practice.

The Research Volunteer Program runs year-round with students generally working 8 hours a week during the academic year. The summer program is an intensive twelve week program from June through August during which students are scheduled to work 12-16 hours a week. During all terms, RVs are also expected to work one overnight shift very month. In addition to time spent in the ED, students are invited to attend lectures on selected topics in Emergency Medicine and research methodology.

The Research Volunteer Program began in 2000 with a group of ten undergraduate and medical students who were recruited to help collect data for headache, conscious sedation, overdose, and economic hardship studies. Today, the program has grown to a group of 70 students, who gather data on several studies ranging from shock to procedural sedation. Many past participants have cited the program as a pivotal experience when applying to medical school and EM residency programs. Click here to learn more about the Emergency Medicine Research Volunteer Program.