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The University of Minnesota Medical School has a network of more than 17,000 accomplished alumni. Our graduates play an important role in improving the medical profession, changing public policy and advancing health care. We take great pride in your success and want to hear from you! Please update your contact information, and share your professional and personal accomplishments. 


17,703 total

12,564 living 
6,831 living in Minnesota
6,805 living in Minnesota, not retired


14,248 total

11,471 resident alumni
2,777 fellow alumni

Dr. Ju Sun and Dr. Christopher Tignanelli



AI in Modern Medicine: The Promise and Potential Pitfalls of Integrating AI into Patient Care

Monday, October 16, 2023 | 10 a.m. CDT

Presented by Dr. Ju Sun and Dr. Christopher Tignanelli

Part of the Maximizing Medical Practice series.

Award Nominations

The Medical Alumni Society is seeking nominations for the Harold S. Diehl Award, the Distinguished Alumni Award, and the Early Distinguished Career Award. The Harold S. Diehl Award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding professional contributions to the Medical School. The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni who have made significant contributions to the community and the Early Distinguished Career Alumni Award recognizes exemplary work of alumni physicians early in their career.


Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Arne Vainio

Dr. Arne Vainio describes his pathway to medicine as a pinball that bounced off many different spots before arriving where it was meant to be.

Where Are Our 2023 Family Medicine Graduates Now?

The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health is proud of our 48 family medicine resident graduates, our 10 fellowship graduates, and our intern graduate. What are they doing today? Let’s dive into their chosen paths, locations, and aspirations.

Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Tanya Repka

Dr. Tanya Repka began her education and career in health information science, but, early on, she knew she wanted to expand her professional experience. A physician in her workplace encouraged her to apply to medical school, noting her affinity for science.In 1980, she entered the University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth Campus. After starting clinical work at the U of M Twin Cities campus, rotating through hospitals, she knew I wanted to focus on internal medicine. Following an internship in San Francisco, she returned to Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) for her residency and chief...

Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Heather Thompson Buum

Dr. Heather Thompson Buum is a primary care physician and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota. She is also a breast cancer survivor.Dr. Thompson Buum completed her medical education and internal medicine residency at the U of M, joining the faculty in 2002. “The University was expanding the primary care center and was looking to hire more female internists. It was great continuity for me because I had rotated through that clinic and enjoyed working with that patient population.”In addition, she was excited about the opportunity to teach. She described the value...

Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Jennifer Pearson

Jennifer Pearson, MD, is a family medicine physician and faculty member at the University of Minnesota Duluth campus. Dr. Pearson completed her first two years at the Duluth Medical School campus and her third and fourth years at the Twin Cities campus. “The Duluth campus was very appealing to me because I had a strong interest in family medicine,” she said. After completing her residency in Madison, Wisconsin, she began a broad-spectrum family medicine practice in McFarland, Wisconsin. After three years of practice in McFarland, she returned with her family to northern Minnesota, practicing...

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