Office of the Dean

Community can be seen as the opposite of self-interest, and as a land-grant university, we have a specific responsibility to bring care, compassion and practical medical care to the community around us: the people of Minnesota. 

There is something so remarkable about the fact that we do not have to live life only with the gifts that nature gives us, but that we can connect to the brains of others—over time and through verbal exchange, written exchange and demonstration—and amplify our own knowledge and that of others.

To give patients the best care, to find solutions when there are no therapies, and to provide hope for the future, we have to have active and rigorous research.

Our Medical School mission is to combine our scientific and clinical strengths to deliver the best in innovative, accountable, compassionate care to our patients and to impact the field of medicine for all.

As medical professionals, we hold the responsibility and reap the rewards of direct patient care. I could never give up practicing because it is part of my identity and my purpose. It is also a great privilege. 

Burnout is not unique to the field of patient care, but because medicine is both a high-intensity field and an extremely personal one, its impact extends beyond physicians to the patients they care for, the faculty and staff they interact with, and the students they teach.

Dean Jakub Tolar addresses recent discourse that has brought sexual misconduct in the workplace to the forefront

Dean Jakub Tolar writes about his most recent visit to the University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth Campus.