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.

Ramla Kasozi, MD, MPH, a third-year family medicine resident at the University of Minnesota Medical School, will serve as the newly elected Resident Director of Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians.

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.

Tegan Carr, a first-year medical student at the Medical School’s Duluth campus, talks about how support from the Nancy I. English M.D. (‘92) Memorial Scholarship has encouraged her mid-career shift into medicine.

Taj Mustapha, MD, in the Department of Medicine, received COVID-19 Medical Education Innovation Grant to further her development of a new course that will be used to explore and address racial, gender and cultural biases in healthcare.

Faculty member, Dr. Sandy Stover, Associate Professor Emerita, Dr. Ruth Westra and RPAP student, Sylvia Blomstrand, plus many others, teamed up with a local organization in April to host a Book Drive during COVID-19.

The Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery boasts well-known faculty physicians in cleft palate and craniofacial surgery and care. As they study surgical outcomes, Brianne Roby, MD, and Robert Tibesar, MD, lean on the support of medical students and trainees to advance their academic research.