Liz Sopdie



Liz Sopdie, PhD, is the Operations & Program Development Director for the Rural and Metropolitan Physician Associate Program at the University of Minnesota Medical School. She received her doctorate in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development from the UMN College of Education and Human Development where her research focused on international service-learning in medical education. Her education and experience blends the practitioner and scholarly fields of organization development, evaluation, curriculum design and adult education, health professions education, and institutionalization of transformative change efforts in higher education. Liz is also in the Emerging Technology Faculty Fellows Program investigating generative AI in teaching medical students, and has taught a course on ecosystem health leadership in the University's Grand Challenges Curriculum.

Prior to joining RPAP/MetroPAP, Liz served as the Program Manager for the Center for Integrative Leadership and the Curriculum Coordinator in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota.


Keenan, A., Sopdie, E., Keilty, J., & Clark, K. (2023). Impact Over 3 Years of a Family Medicine-led Addiction Medicine Curriculum for Medical Students. Family Medicine

Sopdie, E., & Prasad, S. (2022). Characteristics of International Rotations for Undergraduate Medical Education at United States Medical Schools: A National Study. Advances in medical education and practice, 13, 1475–1488.

Sopdie, E., Wolf, T., Spicer, S., Kennedy, S., Errecaborde, K. M., Colombo, B., Jordan, C., & Travis, D. (2021). Ecosystem Health Education: Teaching Leadership Through Team-Based Assignments. Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice21(6).

Baker NJ., Cutler M., Sopdie E. (2020). Perceived influence of medical students’ community health assessment projects. Family Medicine, 52(8):586-591.

Prasad, S., Sopdie, E., Meya, D., Kalbarczyk, A., Garcia, P. (2018). Conceptual framework of mentoring in low- and middle-income countries to advance global health. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Special Issue: Mentoring in LMICs




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