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You asked. We are listening. 

We want you to feel confident and satisfied with your student experience. Below are tools and updates to help students succeed.  

EPA & CSA Dashboards

Did you know you can track your clinical performance?

Updated daily, these dashboards provide live, real-time data from your clinical assessments as you receive them. This provides you with ongoing, timely formative feedback from your EPA and CSA assessments. The dashboards can be accessed using these links:

EPA AY 22-23 Dashboard

CSA Dashboards 

For technical issues contact med-ace@umn.edu. 

Residents & Fellows Training

Did you know residents and fellows teach and assess our students to improve your clinical skills?

All incoming residents and fellows receive training in effective teaching skills, providing coaching and feedback, and are made aware of mistreatment and work hours policies. Co-created by medical students and residents, the "Residents as Teachers" learning modules maximize engagement with the content (focused, asynchronous, multimedia). 

Learn more about how we prepare our residents and fellows here.

You asked. We are listening.

Standardized Clinical Assessment

Did you know a standardized clinical assessment and coaching system across all sites improves your skills?

Join the Student Support Session. June 17th, 3-4 PM via Zoom. Representatives from both Assessment and Clinical Coaching will be available to answer questions about clerkship assessments.

The Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA) assesses clinical performance and its uniformity across required clerkships. This new assessment replaces the previous Global Rating Scale (GRS).

The Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency (Core EPAs) ensure students are observed performing the relevant portions of the H&P.

Faculty Diversity

Did you know we are increasing the diversity of our faculty?

Over the past. year, 26% of newly hired faculty were from underrepresented minorities.

Since July 2020 increases in faculty diversity include: 

  • American Indian/Alaska Native - from 11 to 17

  • Black/African American - from 46 to 76

  • Hispanic/Latinx - from 46 to 61

 We continue to build the infrastructure and support needed to continue to increase the diversity of our faculty.

You asked. We are listening.

Resources to Support Student Success

Did you know we are adding resources to support your success?

New positions being added include:

  1. A fourth Academic Advisor - To schedule an advising appointment you can go to z.umn.edu/MedAdvisingAppt 

  2. A career advising coordinator focused on MS1 and MS2 students

  3. Adding a 6th Faculty Advisor on the Duluth Campus

  4. A combined psychologist and learner development position for the Duluth Campus

  5. Creating a DEI Lead Mentor focused on the clinical learning environment

  6. Filling vacant DEI Thread Director roles for a total of 3 positions

You Asked. We Responded.

On-Campus and Clinical Spaces

Did you know we continue to improve on-campus and clinical spaces?

Based on your feedback, work is being done to refresh a number of spaces important for your educational experiences and success.

Read about the improvements happening at:
  • The Adytum - the Twin Cities medical student-only study & lounge space
  • Room 68 - the Duluth Active Learning classroom
  • Student Study and Relaxation Spaces on the Duluth Campus
  • Secure Storage at major clinical sites

You Asked. We Responded.

DEI Faculty Development

Did you know we are enhancing faculty DEI skills and anti-racist awareness to improve your educational experience?

A six part series for course directors on "Anti-racism in Action" has been completed. 

Our Curriculum Cafe for all faculty has focused on "Fostering Inclusive Classrooms".

Our medical school is part of the national collaborative "Anti-Racist Transformation in Medical Education".

If you are interested in getting involved in DEI curricular work, reach out to Brian Muthyala, DEI Thread Lead for UME. 

You asked. We are listening.


Excused Absences

Did you know the medical school provides time off for needed healthcare appointments and other wellness needs?

The Excused Absences Policy describes how students can be excused from pre-clerkship courses or clinical experiences to seek needed care.

The Duty Hours, Years 3 and 4 Policy regulates work hours and independent learning time to provide opportunities for personal care and wellness.

You asked. We are listening. We care about your wellness.

Secure Storage Spaces

Did you know you have easy access to study and secure storage spaces at clinical sites?

See the current list in our Clinical Facilities Fact Sheet that provides locations of these spaces and if for some reason your favorite spot is not on the list, please send us a request to add it to the fact sheet to help next year's students.

We are working with clinical sites to further enhance secure storage space by adding additional medical student lockers in spaces that need them. Look for continued improvement updates over the coming weeks.
You asked. We are listening. 

Study Space

Did you know we are improving student study space?

You requested more group and individual study space.

Work is scheduled on the Duluth Campus and expected to be finished early summer
  • Refresh and refurnish current spaces
  • Increase the number of study rooms and individual study carrels
New conference rooms on the Twin Cities Campus
  • Keypad access has been added to six conference rooms on the 6th floor Mayo building for medical students to study or work in small groups. Instructions for reserving these Mayo building rooms can be found here
You asked. We are listening. 

Student Satisfaction Survey

Did you know we continue to improve because of you?

84% of you completed the January 2022 Student Satisfaction Survey required as part of our accreditation process. Thank you!

You can review the results here

Your responses are informing a series of actions to continue to improve student experience in the medical school. 

These actions will be highlighted in upcoming 'Did You Know...' messages — Stay Tuned. 

Careers in Medicine Resource

Did you know that our medical students are taking advantage of the online AAMC Careers in Medicine website earlier than the national average?

Knowledge is power to inform the career discernment process. 

Additional resources are available here

We are committed to your success.

Assessment of Clinical Skills

Did you know we responded to your request for a standardized clerkship assessment system?

The Global Rating Scale assesses clinical performance and is uniform across required clerkships.

The Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency (Core EPAs) ensure students are observed performing the relevant portions of the H&P.

Assessment and Coaching Experts (ACEs) are now at all major clinical sites to assess you, provide coaching when needed and help faculty and residents in the assessment of Core EPAs.

Financial Counseling

Did you know guidance, tools and tips are available for managing financial aid and medical school debt?

The U of M Medical School Financial Aid team is dedicated exclusively to our medical students and is available to help you throughout all stages of medical school. Financial Aid staff are available on both the Duluth and Twin Cities campuses.

Make an appointment by contacting the Financial Aid Office.

Honors & Awards

Did you know you can nominate yourself or others for medical school honors and awards?

Highlight and celebrate your peers with the Medical School community in areas of research and scholarship, community service and leadership. 

All opportunities and application materials are available here

Research Grants

Did you know you can apply for a grant to support your research?

73% of you have indicated that you do a research project with faculty. To continue to support your great efforts, the University of Minnesota Foundation Medical Student grants support basic, clinical or community-based research during free or elective periods or during the summer.
All students in good academic standing can apply.

The deadline for the next cycle is February 15, 2022.

Career Counseling

Did you know our longitudinal program of career advising assists you in choosing a specialty and preparing you for the Match?

This customizable approach follows the four phases of your career development process: Understand Yourself, Explore Options, Choose a Specialty, and Prepare for Residency. 

We are committed to your success.

Phases of Career Development

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Did you know race is no longer included in the clinical formula to calculate and report estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR)?

Read how it was done and the role your fellow classmates played. 

We appreciate you — our school is better because of your ongoing participation and support as we continue on this journey to eliminate race-based medicine in our medical education, research and patient care models. 

Student Champions

Student Champions

Did you know we want to be better for YOU?

We appreciate the many students who are serving as champions to address the findings from our accreditation survey to do just that — help us become better for you. Meet our Student Champions here and see how each of them are involved. 

Who better to let us know how we can improve than you. Please reach out to these students to learn more and provide feedback as we welcome your engagement!

Access to Healthcare Services

Did you know accessing healthcare services is easier than ever? Check out your options here.  

Boynton provides a full range of care to students including video telehealth appointments, pharmacy services, and a 24/7 nurse line (612-625-7900).

You can access providers and hospitals in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota worldwide network through the Student Health Benefits Plan.

Study Space & Small Group Meetings

Did you know there are many places for medical students to study and for small group meetings on the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses?
There is an online guide to finding and reserving study and small group space. 

We also have recently added keypad access to our conference rooms on the 6th floor Mayo building on the Twin Cities campus for students to study or work in small groups as a result of your feedback. 

Instructions for reserving these Mayo building rooms can be found here

Interprofessional Education

Did you know there is programming across the four years of medical school to ensure you are competent to work in an interprofessional health environment? 

Almost all health care requires teams of health professionals — we will prepare you to be effective team members. Check out the Center for Interprofessional Health to learn more. 

See this document for the structure and expected outcome of interprofessional education. 

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Resources for Clinical Experiences

Navigate Hospital Campuses with Ease

There is an app named MedEd To Go students can download to navigate clinical rotation sites for an inside scoop on participating hospitals, including study and lounge spaces, important contacts, local restaurants, and much more.

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