Education

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. 

With reduced exposure to the operating room during the COVID-19 pandemic, simulated orthopedic training has helped fill in learning gaps for residents, including the department’s James House, MD, Hand Skills Lectureship and Educational Workshop.

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.  

Ronald Reilkoff, MD, in the Department of Medicine, has overseen the development and implementation of a virtual curriculum that mimics the experience a fourth-year medical student would have in the ICU during an in-person clerkship.

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.

After immigrating to the U.S. as a child, Milki Gemeda has made the most of her family’s “luck,” who won a diversity visa lottery to leave Ethiopia and become American citizens. Now, she’s a first-year medical student at the University of Minnesota Medical School who hopes to become a doctor that is focused on medicine, service and humanitarianism.

Brett Norling frequented the doctor’s office as a child, sparking an early interest in medicine. It took a broken thumb to solidify his decision, and now several years later, he’ll start that career as a first-year medical student at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

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.

Michele L. Statz, PhD, assistant professor and anthropologist of law, collaborates with third-year medical student, Kaylie Evers to examine rural women's interpretations of rural distance as a multifaceted dimension of accessing healthcare.

Kristina Krohn, MD, in the Department of Medicine, started a four-week course that teaches medical students how to use social media and their medical education to connect others with timely and accurate public health information online during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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