We don't just work here; we're raising our families, caring for loved ones, going to school and volunteering & getting involved with community organizations that promote the health and well-being of women across our great state. As community leaders, our obstetrician–gynecologists inspire others to be involved in supporting worthy causes that work to achieve gender equality and promote the education and empowerment of women.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
We are committed to using our privilege as physicians to not only speak out as individuals but advocate for systems-level changes that will move towards real justice for the communities in which we have the honor to live and practice medicine. We are focused on creating sustainable change in ourselves, our department, our hospitals, and our communities. Our efforts include participation in protest events, lobbying policy-makers, implicit bias training, didactics on racism in medicine, voter registration campaigns, journal clubs on reproductive injustice, and community outreach efforts. We know that we are just starting a long journey to affect these changes and are prepared to be lifelong physician-advocates for reproductive justice and health equity. Our commitment to health equity is reflected in our efforts to recruit and maintain residents and faculty that better reflect our patient population.
Minnesota State Fair - Driven to Discover (D2D)
Each year, researchers from the UMN Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health conduct research at the Driven to Discover (D2D) Research Facility at the Minnesota State Fair. Fairgoers can participate in clinical research and talk firsthand with physician-scientists and laboratory researchers to learn more about cancer prevention, women's health and pregnancy care. Specialists in women's health are featured at the MPR Stage and guests have the opportunity to ask their questions to the experts. The MN State Fair is a unique opportunity for the Department of OB/GYN faculty, staff and medical students to engage with the public and promote D2D research.
Faculty members and staff from the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health formed the 'Wheelin For Women' peloton to raise money to help support women's health and cancer research. Chainbreaker is an annual grassroots 25-50-100 mile bike tour that raises money for the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center (MCC). 100% of the money raised goes directly to groundbreaking cancer research. The 2017 inaugural ride raised more than $1.3 million for MCC.