Medical School Monthly Newsletter

May Welcome Note

Jakub Tolar MD PhD

Every student we train—from our undergraduates, to our MDs and DOs and PhDs, to our graduate researchers, to our DPTs, to our residents and fellows—takes a little bit of this Medical School forward with them. Your investments of time, thought and compassion are magnified many times in this way. Many of you aren't formal teachers, but you are the staff who help our new students acclimate, or you organize their residency, or you train them in laboratory safety and procedures, or do any one of thousands of things to help them succeed during their time here. For all of you who are part of our educational mission and who help our students and trainees, congratulations on another academic year well done!


  • Medical School Research Office Launches Greater MN Clinical Research Initiative

    The MS Research Office has launched the Greater MN Clinical Research Initiative, which will expand access to a wide range of clinical trials to Minnesotans across the state. By creating collaborative partnerships with physicians, hospitals and clinics across the state, patients can participate in clinical trials locally instead of having to travel to Minneapolis. LEARN MORE>>

  • Medical School Graduates Plan for the Future

    Do you ever wonder what happens to our medical students after they graduate? Follow up with three of our newly-minted doctors and learn where the next steps of their medical careers take them. 



Pursuing Excellence

  • Duluth PhD Candidated Awarded Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Award

    Hina Durrani, PhD candidate and research assistant in the Zimmer lab in Duluth, was awarded the University's 2023-2024 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Award. LEARN MORE>>

  • Dr. Carney Anderson Receives Distinguished Educator Award

    Dr. Lisa Carney Anderson received the Arthur C. Guyton Distinguished Educator Award from the Teaching Section of the American Physiological Society during their recent Summit Conference. LEARN MORE>>

  • Dr. Espinoza Awarded Child Health Collaborative Grant

    In a collaboration with Children's Minnesota, Dr. Sarah Espinoza received one of three CTSI Child Health Collaborative Grants for her project, "A Synergistic Solution: Piloting a physical activity-based positive youth development program to support transgender and gender diverse adolescents' mental health.” LEARN MORE>>

  • UMN Researchers Map "Radiotherapy Deserts"

    Dr. Sara Alcorn and collaborators published results from a large research study that identified "radiotherapy deserts" by measuring the mismatch between radiotherapy resources and oncology needs across the U.S. This study can help improve health equity by identifying underserved areas and the highlighting the connections among race, poverty, and location on the rural-urban continuum. LEARN MORE>>

  • Dr. Goffredo Receives Collaborative Award for Anal Carcinoma Research

    Through the Minnesota Evidence-based Practice Center, Dr. Paolo Goffredo received a collaborative award (co-led by Dr. Mary Butler of the School of Public Health) to evaluate the effectiveness of treatments for Stage I-III anal squamous cell carcinomas. READ MORE>>


  • Department of Surgery Students and Residents Present at Conference

    Department of Surgery medical students and residents presented at the 42nd Annual Surgical Infection Society Conference in April. Presenters included Abigail Raiter (MS2, mentored by Dr. Kristin Colling), Bridget Dillon (MS2, mentored by Dr. Melissa Brunsvold) and Dr. Kristiana Sather (resident, mentored by Dr. Beth Lusczek). LEARN MORE>>

  • Center for the Art of Medicine Highlights Students' Artistic Abilities

    Meet the medical students who were able to explore their imaginative and artistic sides via Fisch Art of Medicine and John Song Awards. The Center for the Art of Medicine created a video to share what they experienced and created. SEE MORE>>

  • Dr. Schacker Featured in Health Article on HIV Treatment and Research

    In a recent article in Health, Dr. Timothy Schacker was interviewed about his experience treating and researching HIV over the past three-plus decades. Where in the 1990s “nearly every [patient with HIV] I saw was going to die of AIDS,” now that’s no longer the case, he says. "HIV is now, for the most part, a manageable illness. ... It’s remarkable how far we’ve come." READ MORE>>

  • Dr. Chinnakotla Featured for National Donate Life Month

    Our Medical School has a long and proud history of organ transplantation. For National Donate Life Month, Dr. Srinath Chinnakotla talks about organ donation and how you can make a difference. READ MORE>>

  • Dr. Westby Discusses Weight-Centric Medical Model in TIME Article

    A recent TIME article dealt with how our societal views of weight can create implicit bias and fat phobia in health care professionals, which in turn can impact patients. In it, Dr. Andrea Westby discusses the traditional weight-centric medical model, her approach outside that model and how this approach changes how she interacts with patients. READ MORE>>

  • Medical School Students and Faculty Come Together with Community on Earth Day

    On a recent Environmental Justice Tour of North Minneapolis, medical students, faculty and other health professionals got a first-hand look at persistent environmental health problems facing this area. The discussion afterward, which addressed environmental issues like air pollution, lead exposure and access to healthy foods, gave them new tools and perspectives about the intersection of environmental and human health. READ MORE>>


  • 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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  • Enroll in a Global Health Course

    Interested in global health? The Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility offers two fall semester global health courses to University students: Global Health in Local Contexts (GHSR 6713) and Global Health Ethics (GHSR 6725). Learn more and apply on CGHSR’s website. Credit and non-credit enrollment is available to Medical School students. LEARN MORE>>

  • Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium and the Translational Center for Trauma Care

    The University of Minnesota is now a member of the Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC), a non-profit consortium managed by the Department of Defense to promote the development and delivery of innovative medical technologies to improve the health and safety of military personnel, veterans and civilians. MTEC publishes grant funding opportunities, ranging from $50,000-$25M in size. LEARN MORE>>

    In addition to MTEC, the Translational Center for Trauma Care has information on a wide range of funding opportunities, including research on bone marrow failure, burn trauma care, traumatic brain injuries, lupus, and more. Please reach out to Dr. Greg Beilman ([email protected]) with questions and a complete list of opportunities. 

  • AACR Special Conference on Brain Cancer Abstract Submissions

    The American Association for Cancer Research seeks abstract submissions for its AACR Special Conference on Brain Cancer, taking place October 19 - 22 in Minneapolis. The deadline for submissions is Friday, August 4 at 12:00 p.m. LEARN MORE>>

Upcoming Events

  • Upcoming Events - May 2023

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    Office of Faculty Affairs Mentoring Training Workshop | May 31

    Motivation is a key driver of engagement, persistence, satisfaction, and performance in the workplace and training environment. In this workshop, participants will learn about the core psychological needs that can sustain (or, if absent, diminish) a mentee’s motivation: Competence, Autonomy, Relatedness, Equity, and Structure (CARES). Through interactive exercises, participants will explore mentorship strategies for meeting these needs and encouraging mentees to recognize when their motivation is at risk. The workshop is primarily targeted to individuals who mentor early- or mid-career faculty. However, the principles have applicability for other mentoring relationships in academic medicine. REGISTER TO PARTICIPATE>>

    Food Matters for Health Professionals Continuing Education Course June 1-15

    Food Matters CE 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. The relationship between the source of food and the larger food system to both environmental and human health will be explored, in addition to the importance of understanding the food system’s impact on patients and communities. LEARN MORE>>

    The State of Adolescent Sexual Health in Minnesota Seminars | June 13, 15

    Understanding current adolescent sexual health data and statistics is an essential part of our work as professionals. In this workshop, participants will review the most current statistics on the sexual health of Minnesota youth, including pregnancy, birth and STI statistics, trends in adolescent pregnancy and sexual behaviors, and how Minnesota measures up regionally and nationally. We'll also examine COVID-19's impact on adolescent sexual health, and delve into the most current results from the Minnesota Student Survey. The in-person session will take place on Tuesday, June 13 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., and the virtual session will take place Thursday, June 15 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.



    2023 Child Abuse Summit July 24-26

    The 2023 Child Abuse Summit: Tips from the Team taking place July 24-26th 2023 at TCF Bank Stadium. LEARN MORE>>

    School of Nursing 2023 Summer Institute in Adolescent Health July 24-26

    The School of Nursing 2023 Summer Institute in Adolescent Health will take place July 24-26 2023, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., at the Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center. LEARN MORE>>