Jessie lives and works in the intermittently snowy tundra of St. Paul, MN. Originally growing up in rural North Dakota, she moved to the Twin Cities for the balmy weather and college and hasn't found a reason to leave. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and did her Emergency Medicine residency at Regions Hospital. That wasn't enough, so she did a fellowship in medical education and simulation. For a while, she split time working as a faculty member for a simulation center and the Regions Hospital Emergency Medicine Department. Now it's all EM, all the time. She is currently the Director of Emergency Medicine Educational Research at Regions and an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Minnesota. Her passion is educational strategy and methodology, and she's always looking for new ways to help learners learn and teachers teach. A bit of a masochist, she is also co-course director for her regional CME conference, Trauma Education: The Next Generation ( She lives in suburbia with her far-too-patient husband, two kids, no pets and way too many action figures, Lego building sets and unfinished household projects.