Laura Sloan, MD, a fourth-year resident in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has received the highest award granted to a resident in the country in forensic psychiatry, and it’s the first time a resident from Minnesota has earned it.

Courtney Cotsonas credits a long family history in medicine, dating back to her great-great-great grandfather, for a “natural magnetism” toward the field of study. Now, as a first-year medical student at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus, she looks forward to exploring her Native American ancestry and using what she learns to serve tribal and other underserved populations.

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.

A U of M team led by Michele Allen, MD, MS, and Maiyia Kasouaher, PhD, in the Medical School's Program in Health Disparities Research, will test different communication strategies, in different languages, to improve communication with at-risk Somali, Latino and Hmong communities in the Twin Cities area.

Distinguished infectious disease specialist, Thomas Monson, MD, ’67, recalls his career in infectious disease control and offers insight into the COVID-19 pandemic.

The registration deadline for the 2020 Pain Summit is September 1. It will be held on Friday, September 11 and Saturday, September 12.

Richard Melvin, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, received funding from the Minnesota Sea Grant Program to monitor surface water near eight Duluth beaches for the presence of SARS-CoV-2.

Clarence Shannon, IV, MD, in the Department of Anesthesiology, will oversee a team of U of M researchers participating in a nationwide, multicenter study. “A Sequenced-Strategy for Improving Outcomes in People with Knee Osteoarthritis Pain,” or SKOAP, Consortium is funded by the National Institutes of Health and run by researchers at John Hopkins.

Isaac Newton once said, “If I see further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” That is exactly how Lora Wichser, MD, feels as she takes on a new role as the Director of the Department’s Psychiatric Residency Program.


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