Anna Wirta Kosobuski, EdD

Assistant Professor, Medical School, Duluth Campus

Anna Wirta Kosobuski

Contact Info

awirta1@d.umn.edu

Office Phone 218-726-6348

Office Address:
Department of Biomedical Sciences
239 SMed
1035 University Drive
Duluth, MN 55812

Assistant Professor, Medical School, Duluth Campus

Department of Biomedical Sciences


EdD, Education, University of MN, 2013

MA, Liberal Studies, University of MN Duluth, 1996

BA, University of MN Duluth, 1994

Summary

Awards & Recognition

Impact Medicine Exemplary Faculty, University of Minnesota Medical School, 2019

President's Outstanding Service Award, University of Minnesota, 2019

Professional Associations

  • Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Diversity and Inclusion
  • Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Regional Medical Campuses
  • Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Student Affairs

Research

Research Summary/Interests

Partnering with Native American communities to encourage a life-long love of learning and education for children and youth is my passion. Current projects include community-based programming and printed resources for children that focus on math and science as well as health, nutrition, and wellbeing; each of these is built on the strengths of Native American culture and ways of knowing. Projects incorporate hands-on learning, bring children and their loved ones together in the learning process, and where possible, align with Minnesota academic standards. This culturally responsive approach helps fill long-standing gaps in meaningful learning resources for Native American children inside and outside of school walls. A set Kindergarten-6th grade math and science activity books and a similar set that addresses healthy eating and nutrition are grounded in Ojibwe culture and designed to resonate with all children. Recent work also includes a series of children’s materials addressing COVID-19-related topics. To help meet community needs regarding the pandemic, all these materials are available in English, Somali, Hmong, and Spanish.

Publications

I. Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. Prunuske, A., Houss, B., Wirta Kosobuski, A. (2019). Alignment of roles of near-peer mentors for medical students underrepresented in medicine with medical education competencies: a qualitative study. BMC Medical Education, 19(417).
  2. Termuhlen, P., Owen, M., Wirta Kosobuski, A. (2019). The difference a mission can make: Serving American Indian/Alaska Native communities. JRMC, 2(3).
  3. Wirta Kosobuski, A., Whitney, A., Skildum, A., Prunuske, A. (2016). “Development of a multidisciplinary retention program designed to promote medical students’ self-efficacy”. Medical Education Online, 22(1). https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/zmeo20/current.
  4. Elliott, B., Dorscher, J., Wirta, A., & Hill, D. (2010). Staying connected: Native American women faculty members on experiencing success. Academic Medicine, 85(4), 675-679.

II. Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. Association of American Medical Colleges. Reshaping the Journey: American Indians and Alaska Natives in Medicine. Association of American Medical Colleges. https://www.aamc.org/what-we-do/mission-areas/diversity-inclusion, 2018.
  2. Association of American Medical Colleges. Proceedings of the Diversity and Inclusion Forum Unconscious Bias in Academic Medicine: How the Prejudices We Don’t Know We Have Affect Medical Education, Medical Careers, and Patient Health. https://www.aamc.org/what-we-do/mission-areas/diversity-inclusion First Edition, 2017.

III. Special Projects

  1. Wirta Kosobuski, A., Simmons, G., King-Siert, R., and Melvin, R.G. (2020). Whiz Kidz! 11 Amazing Facts About COVID-19. Face Masks and Social Distancing. Available in English, Somali, Hmong, and Spanish versions.
  2. Simmons, G., Melvin, R.G., King-Siert, R., Wirta Kosobuski, A. (2020). Mythbusters. COVID-19 and Clean Hands: True or False? Available in English, Somali, Hmong, and Spanish versions.
  3. Melvin, R.G., Simmons, G., King-Siert, R., Wirta Kosobuski, A. (2020). Flattening the Curve: Teacher Led COVID-19 Learning Fun for Kids.
  4. Wirta Kosobuski, A. and Melvin, R. (2020) Germs! Germs! Germs! A Kid’s Quick Guide to Stopping COVID-19. Available in English, Somali, Hmong and Spanish versions.
  5. Melvin, R.G., King-Siert, R., Rodgers, J., Wirta Kosobuski, A. (2020) COVID-19? Answers for Kids. Available in English, Somali, Hmong, and Spanish versions.
  6. Wirta Kosobuski, A., King, R., Rodgers, Goodsky, T., J., Thompson, H. (2020). Gikinawaabi Noopiming (Learning by Observing Nature): An Ojibwe/English Kindergarten Science and Math Activity Book.
  7. Wirta Kosobuski, A., King, R., Rodgers, J., Goodsky, T., Thompson, H. (2020). Minwanjigee, Mino-bimaadizi (Eat Well, Live Well): An Ojibwe/English Kindergarten Activity Book.
  8. Wirta Kosobuski, A., King, R., Rodgers, J., Goodsky, T., Thompson, H. (2020). Minwanjigee, Mino-bimaadizi (eat well, live well): An Ojibwe/English 1st & 2nd Grade Activity Book.
  9. Wirta Kosobuski, A., King, R., Rodgers, J., Isham, L., Thompson, H. (2019). Migizi Anishshaa Gikendan: “Eagle Having Fun While Learning”. 1st-2nd Grade STEM Activity Book.
  10. Wirta Kosobuski, A., King, R., Rodgers, J., Isham, L., Thompson, H. (2019). Migizi Anishshaa Gikendan: “Eagle Learns by Observation”. 3rd-4th Grade STEM Activity Book.

IV. Soon Available

  1. Wirta Kosobuski, A., King, R., Rodgers, J., Goodsky, T., Thompson, H. An Ojibwe/English 5th Grade Science and Math Activity Book.
  2. Wirta Kosobuski, A., King, R., Rodgers, J., Goodsky, T., Thompson, H. An Ojibwe/English 6th Grade Science and Math Activity Book.
  3. Wirta Kosobuski, A., King, R., Rodgers, J., Goodsky, T., Thompson, H. Minwanjigee, Mino-bimaadizi (Eat Well, Live Well): An Ojibwe/English 3rd & 4th Grade Activity Book.
  4. Wirta Kosobuski, A., King, R., Rodgers, J., Goodsky, T., Thompson, H. Minwanjigee, Mino-bimaadizi (eat well, live well): An Ojibwe/English 5th & 6th Grade Activity Book. 

Teaching

Teaching Areas

  • Skin and Musculoskeletal- Problem Based Learning Facilitator
  • End of Life
  • CRRAB II- Problem Based Learning Facilitator
  • CRRAB I- Problem Based Learning Facilitator
  • Imuno/Hemato/Oncology Medicine Problem-Based Learning Facilitator
  • Neurological Science Problem Based Learning Facilitator


Mentoring/Advising: undergraduate, medical students

Community Engagement

  • Innovators of the Future Summer Science Program, Bois Forte Community-based K-8 program
  • Mino Izhiwebzi, Bois Forte Elder’s Chronic Disease Management, and Nutrition Community-based Program
  • NiMiWay, Bois Forte Health Information Program for Native American Community Members
  • Innovators of the Future Community Based Science Activities, Bois Forte Band of Chippewa.
  • Innovators of the Future Community Based Science Activities, Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.
  • Innovators of the Future Youth Science Program. 
    • Duluth Area Urban Native American community, Minnesota Native American Community Outreach, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, and Red Lake Nation.