Duluth

Faculty members, Emily Onello, MD, and James Boulger, PhD, publish a special report, examining the adaptation of an experiential rural family medicine curriculum to virtual learning in response to COVID-19 limitations. 

Josie Syverson, MD, a 2013 alumna from the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus, reflects on clinical changes in rural medicine and the power of community both in school and during her career.

Faculty member and Anthropologist of Law, Michele Statz, PhD, and Regional Dean, Paula Termuhlen, MD, co-authored a commentary in the American Journal of Public Health, stating that the most common type of legal problem for poor rural residents is healthcare access.

A recent multi-collaboration study published in the Journal of Family Medicine shows that U.S. medical schools overestimate the number of graduates who will enter the primary care workforce.  

Courtney Cotsonas credits a long family history in medicine, dating back to her great-great-great grandfather, for a “natural magnetism” toward the field of study. Now, as a first-year medical student at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus, she looks forward to exploring her Native American ancestry and using what she learns to serve tribal and other underserved populations.

Richard Melvin, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, received funding from the Minnesota Sea Grant Program to monitor surface water near eight Duluth beaches for the presence of SARS-CoV-2.

Assistant professor, Motohiro Nakajima, PhD, leads a team studying the psychosocial factors and cultural beliefs that block East African men who immigrated to the U.S. from seeking the cancer screenings they need to prevent the disease.

Mary Owen, MD (Tlingit), assistant professor and director of the Center of American Indian and Minority Health, was selected as the incoming president of the Association of American Indian Physicians. 

An alumnus, who started at the U of M Medical School, Duluth Campus, gives back to medical students by teaching a vaccination lecture series. He brings his experience from the clinic, which has informed how to talk with families concerned about vaccines or vaccination schedules.

The U of M Medical School, Duluth Campus Family Medicine Student Interest Group (FMIG) was recently recognized by the American Academy of Family Physicians with a 2020 Program of Excellence Award for exemplary efforts to grow and support interest in family medicine.

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