Patient Care

Amy Karger, MD, PhD, shares the successes and challenges of the last year and discusses three ways that fellow academic research laboratories can prepare to serve their state for the next pandemic or outbreak.

Edward Y. Cheng, MD, and a team of faculty physicians from the Department of Orthopedic Surgery developed an objective tool, backed by science, to more equitably prioritize patient care throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. This has been a major challenge for physicians and health systems across the country.

Faculty members, Drs. Emily Onello and Jim Boulger with Patrick Bright are among the authors recently selected by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) for the 2021 Research Paper of the Year.

In Minnesota, there are currently about 60 diseases that all newborns are screened for at birth using a heel prick and a few drops of blood. Of all the screenable disorders combined, newborn infection with cytomegalovirus (CMV) is most common, and it is ranked as the most prevalent infectious disease in the U.S. and Europe that causes birth defects, long-term disabilities and deafness in babies.

Assistant professors, Drs. Jennifer Pearson, Amy Greminger, Emily Onello, and Sandy Stover publish their collective teaching methods on evaluating female pelvic pain to elevate medical student exam skills and introduce transvaginal ultrasound.

Assistant Professor, and past Rural Medical Education (RME) Group Executive Committee co-chair, Dr. Emily Onello, has produced an extensive e-book featuring recent conversations with sixteen prominent U.S. educators about training physicians for rural practice.

One in five teenagers in the U.S. is afflicted with obesity and the prevalence continues to rise. That statistic could now change after research spearheaded by a University of Minnesota Medical School professor led to the approval of the first anti-obesity medication for adolescents in the U.S. in over 17 years. 

The Minnesota Rural Health Awards are given to individuals and groups who have made a significant contribution to improving rural health in Minnesota. This year, top honors were given to two Duluth campus alumna and the Rural Medical Scholars Program team. 

Orly Vardeny, PharmD, MS, an associate professor in the Department of Medicine and adjunct associate professor in the College of Pharmacy, led the Influenza Vaccine to Effectively Stop Cardio Thoracic Events and Decompensated Heart Failure (INVESTED) study funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Jason Ricco, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, and co-collaborators will study the role of implicit bias among providers and health care teams in regards to the acute care for BIPOC patients infected with COVID-19.