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About us

You will find a wealth of information and resources available to you at Regions Hospital. Exceptional physicians who are top in their field lead our renowned specialty programs. Regions Hospital has more than 1,300 medical staff and allied health professionals on staff.

To contact us email or call 651-254-9415.

Medical Staff Services manages credentialing and privileging for all the clinical sites within Regions Hospital. The medical staff consists of doctors of medicine, osteopathy, podiatry and dentistry. Other licensed independent providers (LIPS), including physician assistants, advance practice nurses, psychologists and other non-physician providers, are granted privileges as Allied Health Professionals. Regions Hospital meets all federal, state and regulatory standards for credentialing and privileging, as wells as being accredited by The Joint Commission.

Regions Hospital Imaging

Regions Hospital Imaging offers remote access to radiology images via a secure, password-protected web site. If you are a physician and would like to have access to our images, please call 952-967-6600 or email Regions Radiology PACS Team.

The link below will connect you to our online images. 
Radiology Images

Medical Library

The Regions Hospital Medical Library provides current and authoritative medical information in support of patient care, education and research. Staffed by professional medical librarians, the collection consists of both print and electronic resources. Print resources include core reference books, general text books for most disciplines and journals retained at least 15 years with major journal titles collected back 50 years. Online resources include an extensive journal list of over 700 titles plus 12 databases, four with online books.

The databases include:

American Dietetic Manual Micromedex Books@OVID (Nursing) Natural Medicines CINAHL OVID MEDLINE Cochrane Library
PsycINFO EBSCO Megafile PubMed eMedicine STAT!Ref MDConsult UpToDate

The Medical Library offers a variety of services including literature searches, inter-library loan, group or individual database instruction and library orientation. Library services are available to all Regions Hospital and HealthPartners physicians, residents, students, nurses, allied health professionals, researchers and administrators.

Library resources are available through the HealthPartners/Regions Hospital computer network only. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us.

Location: Regions Hospital, East section, Room E2803
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Phone: 651-254-3607
Fax: 651-254-3427

Mailing Address:
Regions Hospital Medical Library
Mail Stop 11202B
640 Jackson Street 
St. Paul, MN 55101

Grand rounds

Regions Hospital created Community Grand Rounds as part of our goal to assist you in continuing to provide your patients with quality medical care. Community Grand Rounds brings education and training to your hospital, clinic or other place of business at no cost to you. Choose a medical topic of your choice, and one of our medical or professional staff will prepare and deliver a customized presentation.

How to schedule

To schedule a Community Grand Rounds program, please call our outreach manager at 651-254-6952 or e-mail Barbara Gilbert.

Recently requested programs

We have experts on staff who can present on almost any medical topic you request. Here are some recently requested Community Grand Rounds presentations that might help you decide on a topic appropriate for your staff:

  • Trauma case reviews: staff attending to trauma patients who were transferred to Regions Hospital review the case with the referring hospital or clinic and provide updates on the patient's progress
  • Rapid sequence intubations
  • Burn care
  • Team-building and leadership
  • Diabetes management
  • Toxicology
  • Detoxification
  • Traumatic brain injury acute care and rehabilitation
  • Neonatal assessment

Earn education credits

HealthPartners Institute for Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians. Community Grand Rounds events may quality for up to two hours in Category 1 credit toward American Medical Association’s Physician’s Recognition Award. Physicians should claim only the hours spent in educational activities. Nurses and other health care professionals who attend a Community Grand Rounds presentation will receive certificates of attendance, which they may submit to the Minnesota Board of Nursing or their professional board for contact hours or continuing education credits.

School of Ophthalmic Medical Technology

Who we are

The Regions Hospital School of Ophthalmic Medical Technology was established in 1966 for the purpose of training ophthalmic-allied health professionals. We offer two training programs and one annual two-day event. Since 1977, we have been recognized as a provider of quality continuing education courses for the ophthalmic allied health professional.

Our training programs

Our first training program is a 21-month ophthalmic medical technologist training program. It is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Ophthalmic Medical Programs (CoA-OMP). It is the only ophthalmic medical technologist program in our region. Our second program is a nine-month certified ophthalmic assistant (COA) program.

In addition to these academic programs, we conduct an annual two-day continuing education program for ophthalmic medical personnel. This meeting draws registrants from throughout the Midwest.

Find out more about the annual continuing education program

Ophthalmic medical technologist program

An ophthalmic medical technologist is a valuable member of the eye care team. A skilled technologist performs diagnostic tasks and measurements under the direction and supervision of a licensed physician who specializes in ophthalmology.

Ophthalmic medical technologists do not diagnose illnesses or plan treatment but perform many supportive services for the physician. They can take visual and medical histories, create ophthalmic photographs to document retinal or corneal defects, perform anatomical and functional ocular measurements and tests, assess abnormalities of color vision, measure function of the eye muscles and assist in ophthalmic surgery.

The profession provides continual opportunities to help people maintain or improve their vision. Because the ophthalmic medical technologist develops a rapport with patients, it is important that the technologist have a caring demeanor and excellent communication skills.

Ophthalmic medical technologists are employed in a variety of clinical settings for which the ophthalmologist is responsible. These settings include private offices, group practices, hospital specialty clinics and university clinics. Because technologists are the most highly-skilled technical personnel in the field, many assume supervisory roles and teach other members of the allied health team.

The program combines highly qualified faculty with modern facilities, equipped with the latest technology, to provide a broad experience for students. Lectures, group discussions, seminars, field trips and supervised clinical work provide a comprehensive experience in ophthalmic medical technology. Growth and improvement of clinical skills progress under the supervision of certified ophthalmic medical personnel, physicians and other members of the health care team. The small class size of up to nine students permits a close faculty-student relationship, vastly different from most colleges and universities.

The first year is nine months in duration. The curriculum includes:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Ophthalmic Optics
  • Survey of Eye Disease
  • Ophthalmic Photography
  • Microbiology
  • Ocular Motility
  • Contact Lenses
  • Aseptic Technique and Surgical Assisting
  • Ophthalmic Pharmacology

In addition, courses and hands-on workshops are scheduled which cover a broad spectrum of tests routinely performed by ophthalmic medical personnel.

The second year is a 12-month, full-time externship. Emphasis during this phase of training is on the clinical application of previously attained knowledge and skills. Supervised clinical training is conducted in the eye clinics of HealthPartners Clinics and Hennepin County Medical Center as well as in private ophthalmology practices in the Twin Cities area. Additional lectures and seminars are scheduled during the second year of training.

Applications should be submitted prior to April 15 of each year to ensure equal consideration with all other applicants. Later applications will be accepted for consideration if vacancies remain. A completed application consists of:

  • A completed application form; deadline April 15
  • Official high school and college transcripts
  • Three references who have responded on the official reference form

Applicants whose files are complete will be invited for a required personal interview. Class selection is typically completed by May 15 for the class beginning in early September of the same year.

Admission preference is given to applicants who have completed 60 semester hours of college credit. Applicants must have completed a college course in general psychology with a final grade of C or better (2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale).

All of our graduates receive offers for employment and are working after completing the program. Salaries and job satisfaction compare favorably with other baccalaureate-level allied health care professions.

Driven by the technological advances in medicine, a growing elderly population and the increasing number of group practices, clinics and other health care facilities, the demand for certified, professional ophthalmic medical technologists is on the rise. According to the U.S. Department of Labor and Statistics, employment opportunities for ophthalmology allied health professionals are expected to increase 18 percent through the year 2020, which is much higher than the average.

Application materials:

  1. Application form
  2. Reference form
  3. Reference letter
  4. Cover letter/Application directions

To request a program brochure or obtain more specific information about our program, please contact us:

School of Ophthalmic Medical Technology
Regions Hospital
864 Terrace Ct
St Paul, MN 55130

Phone: 651-254-3000
Fax: 651-778-2319

For more information about the ophthalmic medical profession, visit the following links:

Ophthalmic assistant program

A certified ophthalmic assistant (COA) is an entry-level member in an ophthalmology practice. Beginning fall 2017, this new COA training program allows one student candidate to attend classes at our location part-time during the day. The student takes classes Sept.-May, while continuing to work 16-20 hours a week and gain valuable skills in the ophthalmology clinic. At the end of the nine months of training and clinical experience, a student is eligible for Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology COA certification (COA-A2 criteria).

Admission requirements

This program looks for a person who is an independent worker, has successfully completed high school and has a desire to learn. It is best if the candidate is currently employed with an ophthalmologist office or could be during the program.