Office of the Dean

We have a lot of work ahead of us; work that we need to do together to accelerate and accomplish.

Created by the DFMCH and named for former Department Head Dr. Macaran Baird, the fund will serve to assist the University in recruiting, supporting, and retaining outstanding faculty members who specialize in family medicine, primary care, and healthcare delivery.

With the violent events of the past week, and especially last night, the world continues to remind us of the need to act against racism.

No matter how urgent the need for change is, it can seem like it takes a long time to achieve it.

Unexpected events in the future are a given. So, too, is our ability to find vitality in disruption, defiance in crisis, and confidence in academic medicine and in each other.

Please register for these sessions and submit questions in advance. Recordings of these events are available on MediaSpace within 24 hours of the forums.

I had the opportunity this week to present an update on the Medical School to the Board of Regents. I am always proud of the work you do, but recounting the progress we have made in the past six months was amazing.

In the midst of pivoting, repositioning, and focusing around COVID-19, other remarkable efforts have been quietly going forward.

Dr. Shannon has demonstrated excellence as a clinician, teacher, mentor, and researcher. His leadership as Executive Medical Director of Pain Management has resulted in a comprehensive care model that is transforming treatment for patients seeking relief from chronic pain while dramatically reducing the reliance on opioids.

We stand with our LGBTQ+ community in denouncing this discrimination, and will work to ensure that transgender members of our community get the healthcare they need at the University of Minnesota.