Medical School Dean's Lecture Series - Past Lectures

Medical School Dean's Lecture Series

Past Lectures

View a list of our past lectures including information about the presenter, link to watch the lecture, as well as any additional resources provided below.

November 10: Education is a Critical Determinant of Health

Mary Owen

Presenter: Mary J. Owen, MD, Tlingit, director for the Center of American Indian and Minority Health, assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Biobehavioral Health and president for the Association of American Indian Physicians

This presentation discusses how the educational outcomes for American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) populations contribute to the significant health disparities faced by AIAN people in Minnesota and the Bemidji region as well as Minnesota programs that are addressing the educational disparities and where more work is needed.

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Presentation Slides: Education is a Critical Determinant of Health

October 13: Breast Cancer Champions: Meeting You Where You Live

David Haynes

Presenter: David Haynes, PhD, Assistant Professor with the Institute for Health Informatics

Dr. Haynes created reliable estimates of breast cancer screening rates for Minnesota, which was used to create and direct a culturally appropriate peer-to-peer education program. This presentation shares the impact of the program and lessons learned thus far. 




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 Presentation Slides: Breast Cancer Champions: Meeting You Where You Live

September 8: DEI in the Departments - Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics & Orthopedic Surgery

DEI in the departmentsPresenters: Santiago Martinez Cifuentes, PhD Candidate, Rivera-Mulia Lab, and Stefani Thomas, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

This presentation highlights the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics' ongoing efforts related to community, education, outreach, policy and recruitment.

 DEI in the departments 

Presenters: Aaron Corfield, DPM, assistant professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Jon Braman, MD, professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Drs. Corfield and Braman discuss the Department of Orthopedic Surgery's DEI Committee initiatives, including how to implement and enact real change within the department.






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Presentation Slides: DEI within BMBB: Community, Education, Outreach, Policy and Recruitment

Presentation Slides: Department of Orthopedics - DEI Initiatives

August 11: Building Communities/Repairing Harm: Restorative Practices in Academic Medicine

Dean's Lecture SpeakersPresenters: Ricardo Battaglino, PhD, Melissa Brunsvold, MD, FACS, FCCM, Austin Calhoun, PhD, Cathy McCarty, PhD, MPH, Michele Morrissey, MA, PHR, Amanda Termuhlen, MD

Restorative justice, practices and approaches are rooted in Indigenous culture and focus on creating community, building relationships and healing. The use of restorative practices in academic medicine is a valuable way to improve culture, repair harm and reintegrate those members of the community who have been separated.

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July 14: How the Pandemic(s) Changed my Advocacy, Research, and DEI Work

CUONG Q. PHAM, MD PresenterDr. Cuong Pham is an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota.

In this presentation Cuong Pham, MD, explains how he and his colleagues have found innovative ways to conduct shared, community engaged research and focus on trainee education through multiple public health crises.



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June 9: Toward Justice & Equity in the Departments of Family Medicine & Community Health & Neuroscience

Dr Andrea Westby Presenter: Andrea Westby, MD, FAAFP, assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

In this presentation we discuss the grounding principles, current initiatives and future direction of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health's JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) council and initiatives.


Presenter: Tim Ebner, MD, PhD, professor and head of the Department of Neuroscience

This presentation also highlights the Department of Neuroscience's efforts developing internal and federally funded programs focused on providing opportunities for underrepresented groups in medicine to explore, pursue and build careers in neuroscience.


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May 12: DEI in the Departments - Psychiatry and Surgery


Katie Lingras, PhD, LP, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Danielle Vrieze, PhD, LP, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Drs. Danielle Vrieze and Katie Lingras provide an overview of a six-step model for creating a committee as a vehicle for championing Medical School DEI efforts at the department level. They will provide examples of their work with the goal for participants to tailor and apply each step to their own departments’ DEI efforts. 



Daniel Saltzman, MD, PhD, professor in the Department of Surgery

Lisa Rogers, MS, MPH, director of Research Operations

This presentation describes the Department of Surgery's DEI Council, provide some groundwork and resources to implement a similar model, and highlight new initiatives and early wins.

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April 14: The Purpose of Holistic Review and Strategies for Implementation

Dimple Patel MSPresenter: Dimple Patel, MS Associate Dean of Admissions, Medical School

Dimple Patel shares the principles of holistic review in medical school admissions programs. She will highlight the importance of holistic review, share outcomes and discuss how these same principles can be used in other selection processes. 

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March 10: Obstetric Fistula: A Window into Disparities in Women's Health and A Call for Reimagining Global Health Engagements

Rahel NardosPresenter: Rahel Mardos, MD, MCR Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health (OBGYN)

Dr. Nardos will discuss the state of maternal health globally using obstetric fistula as a window into the vast inequities in maternal outcomes. She will highlight the structural and social determinants of disparities in maternal health and put forth a call to action for meaningful and impactful engagement. This lecture is part of the International Women's Day webinar series: Gender, COVID-19, and Human Rights highlighting key voices in the field of gender, health, and human rights.

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February 10: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience in the Era of Big Data

Damien FairPresenter: Damien Fair, PA-C, PHD Professor, Department of Pediatrics

The field of Cognitive Neuroscience and, in particular, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience continues to evolve. New concepts and new technologies, but also new challenges and new pitfalls have emerged in the field. On one hand, these growing pains have highlighted the promise of the work for understanding complex human brain function and its translational potential; but, on the other hand, it has led to frustratingly slow progress. Current modern-day approaches toward characterizing correspondence of complex behavioral phenotypes to networks and systems in the brain requires new sample collection strategies, new study designs, and new analytic strategies – a reality the field has been slow to realize. In the current talk I will highlight some of the pitfalls of the field, as well as, feature new directions that will put the field on more solid footing moving forward.

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January 13: "From Here to the Future" Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Transformation To Promote Vitality and Excellence. Where Are We Now?

Ana NunezPresenter: Ana Núñez, MD, FACP is a Professor of General Internal Medicine and Vice Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the University of Minnesota

Please join us for a special edition of the Dean’s Special Lecture Series. To kick off the New Year, Vice Dean Núňez will discuss what she’s learned in the first few months of her new position and the priorities that are taking shape as she collaborates with others across the Medical School, M Health Fairview, the University and communities we serve. The session will include a presentation and Q&A.

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December 9, 2020: Comprehensive Gender Care

Presenters: The Center for Women in Medicine and Science

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November 11, 2020: Addressing Whiteness and White Accountability: A White Consciousness Conversation

Dean's Lecture SpeakersPresenters: Will O'Berry, MEd and Stef Jarvi, MEd

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October 19, 2020: Communicating about Racism with Black Adolescents

Deans Lecture SeriesPresenters: Brooke Cunningham, MD, PhD and Michele Allen, MD

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September 9, 2020: Engaging Healthcare Inequality through Healthcare Career Cascading Mentorship Program

Renee Crichlow, MDPresenter: Renee Crichlow, MD

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