Medical School Monthly Newsletter

January Welcome Note

Jakub Tolar MD PhD

There are some people who are so foundational to who we are as a Medical School that we can't imagine what our trajectory would have been without them. Last Saturday, one those people passed away. Dr. James Boulger was part of the founding fabric of our Duluth Campus and faculty there for nearly 50 years. He directly impacted thousands of lives as a teacher, clinician and colleague, and impacted hundreds of thousands of people with his pursuit of better care for Northern Minnesota, and rural and Native American communities. His legacy is proof that combining passion with compassion can truly have an impact on the world. I hope that we can honor his work and let it inspire us on our own. 



Pursuing Excellence





  • We couldn't do it without you

    Celebrating staff anniversaries! 

    Congratulations to our staff who are reaching anniversary milestones of 10, 15, 20, 25 and up years of service! MS staff are essential to our missions of teaching, healing, and exploring. Celebrate the wealth of expertise and institutional knowledge that comes from their long-term commitment.

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Funding & Opportunities

  • Join SADI's Leadership Committee and Subcommittees

    Staff Advancing Diversity and Inclusion (SADI) is welcoming applications from Medical School staff to help lead DEI efforts in our community. Find out more about the Leadership Committee and Subcommittees by reading through SADI’s Missions and Current Initiatives. Additionally, please feel free to review the Charter which includes additional details about the committee structure and membership descriptions and expectations. Reach out to [email protected] with any questions. REGISTER>>

  • Join a summer research training opportunity with CTSI

    A summer research training opportunity from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is now accepting applications from doctoral-level professional health sciences students and early-PhD students. Called A-PReP, the programs give students the opportunity to gain critical skills, conduct research with a mentor, present their findings, and build camaraderie with fellow students. Applications accepted until February 10. APPLY>>

  • Enroll in the Blood Study

    University of Minnesota researchers are seeking healthy volunteers to enroll in The Blood Study. Our research aims to understand immunity to infections. Participants will be compensated up to $20 for their time. We are looking for participants who are 18 to 49 years old and in overall good health. The study involves a one time blood draw at the UMN campus. The entire study will take about 30 minutes to complete! Email [email protected] to volunteer.

  • Share your experiences with bias and discrimination in healthcare

    Dr. Andrea Westby and Dr. Taj Mustapha are conducting virtual interviews study with patients and community members who have experienced discrimination or bias in healthcare. They will explore how participants feel about being asked about discrimination in healthcare at their office visits and identify considerations for how to better care for patients and communities. Anyone 18+ who have experienced discrimination in healthcare and can navigate Zoom for an interview conducted in English is eligible to participate. Please consider being part of the study and sharing with patients and community members. REGISTER>>

  • IRB Protocol Writing Academy - Request for Applicants!

    The Medical School Research Office is excited to announce its inaugural IRB Protocol Writing Academy. This opportunity is open to junior faculty members who would benefit from a 12 week program: 8 didactic sessions and 4 weeks of independent work. The program will focus on learning the IRB Protocol Writing process, how to navigate services at the University of Minnesota, and how to make sure that your IRB protocol works for the scientific components of your research project. For more information, please visit our website; 8-10 applicants will be accepted into the program. APPLY>>

  • Opportunity for CME credits

    The Food Matters for Health Professionals continuing education course is being offered in three sessions starting January 30. This live-via-Zoom course is an evidence-based, experiential-learning, applied nutrition, and culinary skills course for health professionals of all disciplines. The course addresses the role of food in specific health conditions and its function in health promotion and disease prevention. See website for information and accreditation statement. REGISTER>>

Upcoming Events

  • Upcoming Events - January 2023

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    MIDB Spring Colloquium Series Thursday, January 26 | 3-5pm

    The Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain's spring colloquium series highlights our research hubs and services, clinic structure, and community engagement partners. LEARN MORE>> 

    Center for Bioethics Ethics Grand Rounds Friday, January 27 | 12-1pm

    The webinar title is: “Physicians’ Experiences with and Perceptions of Caring for Patients with Disability,” and the speaker is Lisa I. Iezzoni, MD, MSc, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and based at the Health Policy Research Center in the Mongan Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital. REGISTER>>

    Biomedical Engineering-Industry Grand Rounds Monday, March 13 | 3:35-4:30 PM

    The next University of Minnesota Biomedical Engineering-Industry Grand Rounds: Engineering tailored molecular interactions and toolsets via Zoom. REGISTER NOW>>