Robin Michaels
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Credentials
PhD

Associate Dean of Student Life and Academic Affairs
Biography

Research Summary

Dr. Michaels is working with colleagues in the US and Canada to examine how medical schools assess humanistic traits in their applicants. She also has an interest in promoting wellbeing in medical students and developing resources for mental health services and addressing food insecurities.

Education

PhD, University of Minnesota
Major: Anatomy & Neurobiology
BA, University of Colorado
Major: EPO Biology
A.S., Mesa College
Major: Biology

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Visiting Professor, Visiting Professorship
University of Zimbabwe
American Heart Association Individual Fellowship, Fellowship
Washington University School of Medicine
Postdoctoral Appointment, Fellowship
Washington University
Josiah Macy Foundation Fellowship, Fellowship
Washington University School of Medicine
Individual Postdoctoral Research Service Award (NIGMS), Fellowship
Washington University School of Medicine
Posdoctoral Appointment, Fellowship
Washington University
Bush Foundation Fellowship for Graduate Training, Fellowship
University of Minnesota School of Medicine

Honors and Recognition

Honorary Spartan Award, 3rd US Army Medical Recruitment Battalion
2016
Honorable mention, Basic Science Teacher of the Year, UM Duluth Medical School Class of 2020
2016
Second Place, University of Minnesota Global Health Case Competition
2016
Keynote Graduation Speaker, CU School of Medicine Class of 2015
2015
Graduation Marshall, CU School of Medicine, Class of 2012
2012
President’s Teaching Award, CU School of Medicine Class of 2012
2012
University of Colorado School of Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award (Most Supportive) , School of Medicine Class of 2013
2011
Graduation Marshall, CU School of Medicine Class of 2011
2011
AAMC Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Workshop
2011
Univ. of Colorado School of Medicine 5th Annual Faculty Professionalism Award
2011
Membership: Academy of Medical Educators
2010
University of Colorado School of Medicine, Excellence in Teaching Award (Most Inspiring Professor), School of Medicine Class of 2012
2009
University of Colorado School of Medicine, Excellence in Teaching Award (Most Caring & Committed Teacher), School of Medicine Class of 2011
2009
Graduation Marshall, School of Medicine Class of 2009
2009
Graduation Marshall, School of Medicine Class of 2008
2008
Campus Director, Carnegie President’s Teaching and Learning Collaborative
2008
Selected: University of Colorado School of Medicine Teaching Scholar’s Program
2007
University of Colorado Excellence in Teaching Award, School of Medicine Class of 2009
2006
Chancellor’s Teaching Recognition Award, School of Medicine
2006
University of Colorado School of Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award, School of Medicine Class of 2007
2004
University of Colorado School of Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award, School of Medicine Class of 2008
2004
University of Colorado School of Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award, School of Medicine Class of 2006
2003
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIH) Reentry Award, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and Department of Otolaryngology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
1996
Bacaner Research Award in Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of Minnesota Medical Foundation
1984

Media Appearances

Mini Med School to Real Medical School, National Public Radio/Voice of America
2011

Professional Memberships

Planning Committee for AAMC CGSA-OSR 2019 Regional Meeting, Member
2018-2019
American Society for the Advancement of Science
National Board of Medical Examiners, USMLE Gross Anatomy & Embryology Test Material Development Committee
National Board of Medical Examiners, USMLE Gross Anatomy & Embryology Test Material Development Committee, Chair
Selected Presentations

Selected Presentations

Michaels, R. L. "Securing strong letters of recommendation and preparing for the interview (panel plus mock interviews)", 46th Annual Meeting and National Health Conference, Association of American Indian Physicians, Pre-Admissions Workshop, Scottsdale, Arizona, July 25, 2018.
Michaels, R. L. "The AMCAS Application: Preparing for the MCAT, Admissions Process, Writing your personal statement (with workshop)", 46th Annual Meeting and National Health Conference, Association of American Indian Physicians, Pre-Admissions Workshop, Scottsdale, Arizona, July 25, 2018.
Michaels, R. L. "Mission driven admissions processes for increasing American Indian/Alaska Native physicians", Bonds Across Borders, University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth and Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Duluth, Minnesota, July 17, 2018.
Michaels, R. L. "How to develop your personal statement (with workshop)", 4th Annual Great Lakes Native American Medical School Applicant Workshop, Duluth, Minnesota, April 07, 2018.
Michaels, R. L. "Mission driven admissions: Selecting and supporting future doctors with the right stuff", UMMS Duluth Community Advisory Board, Duluth, Minnesota, November 27, 2017.
Michaels, R. L. "Leadership opportunities", BNGAP (Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians) Conference, Center for Diversity & Inclusion, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 22, 2017.
Michaels, R. L. "How to develop your personal statement", Rural Pre-Med Summit, UMMS Duluth Office of Admissions, Duluth, Minnesota, September 30, 2017.
Michaels, R. L. "Introduction to the University of Minnesota Medical School", Rural Pre-Med Summit, UMMS Duluth Office of Admissions, Duluth, Minnesota, September 30, 2017.
Michaels, R. L. "Duluth admissions update", Medical Education Forum, annual Medical School Alumni Celebration, Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 13, 2017.
Michaels, R. L. "The AMCAS application: Preparing for the MCAT, writing your personal statement (with workshop)", 45th Annual Meeting and National Health Conference, Association of American Indian Physicians, Pre-Admissions Workshop, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, July 26, 2017.
Michaels, R. L. "Preparing for the interview (panel plus mock interviews)", 45th Annual Meeting and National Health Conference, Association of American Indian Physicians, Pre-Admissions Workshop, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, July 26, 2017.
Michaels, R. L. "U.S. medical school overview", Duluth, Minnesota, May 21, 2017.
Michaels, R. L., Christensen, S. "Early admissions programs: Are they more likely to produce doctors that meet a school’s mission?", AAMC Central Group on Student Affairs Annual Meeting, Mayo Medical School, Rochester, Minnesota, April 23, 2017.
Lorenz, J., Kudrna, J., Michaels, R. L., Bunger, P. "What ELSE is in a medical degree? Assessing LCME accreditation standards and exploring professional development curriculum", AAMC Central Group on Student Affairs Annual Meeting, Mayo Medical School, Rochester, Minnesota, April 23, 2017.
Michaels, R. L. "How to develop your personal statement and interview for medical school (with workshop and mock interviews)", 3rd Annual Great Lakes Native American Medical School Applicant Workshop, Grand Forks, North Dakota, March 30, 2017.
Holden, M., Szauter, K., Buck, E., Michaels, R. L., Luk, J. "Assessing humanism across the continuum", Research in Medical Education, Association of American Medical Colleges, Seattle, Washington, November 14, 2016.
Buck, E., Holden, M., Szauter, K., Michaels, R. L., Luk, J. "Assessing humanism across the medical education continuum: Problem solving workshop", The Generalists in Medical Education 2016 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington, November 11, 2016.
Michaels, R. L. "Duluth admissions update", Medical Education Forum, annual Medical School Alumni Celebration, Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 23, 2016.
Michaels, R. L. "The AMCAS application: Preparing for the MCAT, writing your personal statement (with workshop)", 45th Annual Meeting and National Health Conference, Association of American Indian Physicians, Pre-Admissions Workshop, Oakland, California, August 11, 2016.
Michaels, R. L. "Preparing for the interview (panel plus mock interviews)", 45th Annual Meeting and National Health Conference, Association of American Indian Physicians, Pre-Admissions Workshop, Oakland, California, August 11, 2016.
Michalec, B., Cuddy, M., Hafferty, F., Hafferty, P., Hanson, M., Kanter, S., Littleton, D., Martiminanakis, T., Michaels, R. L. "Humanism and the premedical realm(s): A narrative overview and preliminary analysis", Arnold P. Gold Foundation Research Update, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, May 01, 2016.
Michaels, R. L. "How to develop your personal statement and interview for medical school (with workshop and mock interviews)", 2nd Annual Great Lakes Native American Medical School Applicant Workshop, East Lansing, Michigan, April 02, 2016.
Michaels, R. L. "Introduction to the University of Minnesota Medical School", Rural Pre-Med Summit, UMMS Duluth Office of Admissions, Duluth, Minnesota, October 17, 2015.
Michaels, R. L. "How to develop your personal statement", Rural Pre-Med Summit, UMMS Duluth Office of Admissions, Duluth, Minnesota, October 17, 2015.
Michaels, R. L. "Preparing for the interview (panel plus mock interviews)", 44th Annual Meeting and National Health Conference, Association of American Indian Physicians, Pre-Admissions Workshop, Tulalip, Washington, July 29, 2015.
Michaels, R. L. "How to develop your personal statement (with workshop)", 44th Annual Meeting and National Health Conference, Association of American Indian Physicians, Pre-Admissions Workshop, Tulalip, Washington, July 29, 2015.
Michaels, R. L., Chang, Y. "A review of literature of medical students and scholarly research: Experiences, attitudes and outcomes", MEDS Medical Educator Journal Club, May 11, 2015.
Prununske, J., Michaels, R. L., Pearson, J., Westra, R. "Mentor: Roles, challenges and skills development", Best Practices Day - Critical Thinking in Medical Education, Workshop III, May 07, 2015.
Michaels, R. L. "How to develop your personal statement (with workshop and mock interviews)", 1st Annual Great Lakes Native American Medical School Applicant Workshop, Madison, Wisconsin, March 28, 2015.
Chifamba, J., Michaels, R. L., Aagaard, E., Chidzonga, M. "Developing a comprehensive physiology curriculum for medical students at the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences", HEALZ Project Presentations, September 01, 2014.
Michaels, R. L. "How to develop your personal statement and preparing for the interview", 43rd Annual Meeting and National Health Conference, Association of American Indian Physicians, Pre-Admissions Workshop, Denver, Colorado, July 22, 2014.
Michaels, R. L. "Introduction to the University of Minnesota Medical School", 43rd Annual Meeting and National Health Conference, Association of American Indian Physicians, Pre-Admissions Workshop, Denver, Colorado, July 22, 2014.
Michaels, R. L. "Writing goals and objectives for teaching, powerpoint and presentation skills, and deliberative practice: Improving your personal teaching skills", Faculty Development Workshop, MEPI/NIH NECTAR, University of Zimbabwe, March 01, 2013.
Michaels, R. L. "Developing cases for use in the classroom or clinic and developing effective learning tools and study plans for your students", Faculty Development Workshop, MEPI/NIH NECTAR, University of Zimbabwe, December 16, 2012.
Michaels, R. L. "Perception versus reality: What it really takes to learn and retain information", Education Interest Group, Colorado University, School of Medicine, Boulder, Colorado, November 01, 2012.
Boyer, P., Grzybicki, D., Michaels, R. L., Low, R. L. "Revitalization of small group pathology teaching in a medical school curriculum: Incorporating informatics tools", Pathology Informatics 2012 Conference, Chicago, Illinois, January 01, 2012.
Whitsitt, J., Roberts, M., Michaels, R. L., Rai, G., Furfuri, K., Rustici, M. "Works in progress of a case-construction pilot in the problem based learning curriculum", 1st Annual Educational Scholarship and Innovation Symposium, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, January 01, 2012.
Wolf, S., Michaels, R. L. "Curriculum integration", Curriculum Retreat, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Boulder, Colorado, April 08, 2011.
Michaels, R. L. "Update on the essentials core curriculum (Phase I and II): Are we on track?", Curriculum Retreat, Colorado University, School of Medicine, Boulder, Colorado, April 07, 2011.
Michaels, R. L. "Energize and inspire your scientists", Aurora Public Schools Teacher's Conference, Aurora, Colorado, April 01, 2011.
Michaels, R. L., Wolf, S. "Teaching and learning opportunities in the School of Medicine", Eighteenth Annual New Faculty Career Building Workshop, Faculty Affairs, January 27, 2011.
Michaels, R. L., Basile, C., Martin, C., Kincaid, P., Renda, C. "Evaluating the effectiveness of partnerships between medical schools and public schools: Can we really make a difference?", WGEA Regional Meeting, Pacific Grove, California, April 01, 2010.
Tolles, R., Abbott, A., Carline, J., Jacobs, N., Michaels, R. L., Wilcox, B. "Exam question challenges: Policies, procedures, and professionalism", WGEA Regional Meeting, Pacific Grove, California, April 01, 2010.
Michaels, R. L. "The ethics of body donation for artistic endeavors", Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Body Worlds II Exhibit, Denver, Colorado, March 01, 2010.
Michaels, R. L., Wolf, S. "Curriculum integration", AME Innovative Trends in Medical Education Workshop, Colorado University, School of Medicine, Boulder, Colorado, January 01, 2010.
Dresher, K., Michaels, R. L. "High school internships: Partnering with the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center", National Science Teacher’s Association (NSTA) Conference, Denver, Colorado, November 10, 2007.