Name: Dominique Earland
Graduating Class: Class of 2027 (MD/PhD)
Favorite activities to do in the Twin Cities?
My favorite activities in the Twin Cities include relaxing by the rivers and lakes. I also like to engage with the next generation of STEM scholars through mentorship programs such as the Ladder and SNMA mentorship program. I have been trying to support local black businesses, my new favorite place to eat is Plant Based Trio. This year I hope to check out more of the outdoor activities like kayaking and hiking.
Why did you choose the University of Minnesota Medical School and what do you like about it?
I chose this school because of the support and culture of the UMN MSTP program. I was looking for a leadership team and mentors that would support my non-traditional research interests in epidemiology. The students of the program are very supportive and are at the forefront of improving our institution. I could not ask for a better community. I was also drawn to this program because of the diverse, inclusive community of Minneapolis. I was excited to learn about different cultures and work in tandem with community partners to address health inequity.
What would you change (areas of development) about the University of Minnesota Medical School?
I am actively working with a coalition of students at the medical school to improve curricula, community engagement, and students/faculty recruitment/retention. This is a large issue in many institutions across the country, but it is particularly striking at our medical school because we are situated in Minneapolis. As we move to make sustainable changes together, I hope the community, especially Black, Indigenous, and people of color are listened to and welcomed into our departments and classrooms. I see my research and medical training as a reflection of the many sacrifices that black community members and physicians made before me, I hope to continue this legacy.
Have you participated in any student organizations? If so, why did you select those organizations and what has been your experience?
I have been an active member of the Student National Medical Association and White Coats for Black Lives student organizations. Both of these organizations have been able to help support the community in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd, which I believe has been some of the most impactful work I have been part of since entering medical school. We are forever changed as a community and it has centered the mission of both organizations. After hosting a large sit-in at the capital, we both hope to continue to engage medical students and professionals in community outreach and discussions about health inequity, white supremacy and anti-blackness.