Mini Medical School 25th Anniversary

25 Years of Mini Medical School

VP Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD

I am thrilled to mark a significant milestone with all of you - the 25th anniversary of Mini Medical School. For a quarter of a century, Mini Medical School has been a beacon of health education, bridging the gap between the University health sciences and the broader community. It has empowered countless individuals with invaluable knowledge about health and wellness, fostering a culture of lifelong learning and engagement. Created in 1999 by Greg Vercellotti, professor of medicine at the Medical School, Mini Medical School was adapted from programs done by the National Institutes of Health and the city of Denver, which invited the community to learn about health topics of their choosing.

As we reflect on the incredible journey of Mini Medical School, I am delighted to announce the upcoming Spring Series,
"Mind Matters: The Brain and Mental Health." This virtual and free series will delve into crucial topics surrounding mental health, neuroscience, and the intricate workings of the human brain. Mental health awareness is more important than ever, and this series exemplifies our commitment to addressing the complex challenges facing our society.

I encourage all members of our community to participate in the upcoming Mind Matters series, whether you are a seasoned health care professional, a curious student, interested staff, or an engaged community member. Together, let us continue the legacy of Mini Medical School by exploring the frontiers of knowledge and fostering meaningful dialogue around critical health issues.

Students: What Do You Enjoy Most About Interprofessional Activities? Joshua Aune, MHA Candidate

Driving Innovation & Discovery

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Speaking Science 2024
Speaking Science provides University faculty, research staff, post-docs, graduate students, and communications practitioners with unique opportunities to learn how to better communicate science and engage with audiences beyond the academic community. Join this April 12 event for a thought-provoking keynote with science communication trailblazer Liz Neeley.


U of M-Led Research Identifies Predictor of Outcomes, Chemoresistance for Ovarian Cancer Patients
In a major scientific breakthrough, newly published research from an international consortium led by the Masonic Cancer Center has the potential to transform the landscape of ovarian cancer treatment.

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Advance New Global Health Research
The Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility requests proposals for Global Health Seed Grants, which offer up to $25,000 in funding to catalyze innovative global health research projects, particularly in Africa, Asia, and Latin America/Caribbean. Since 2016, more than 40 research projects have been funded. This year, CGHSR is particularly interested in research that focuses on air pollution or the intersection of human health and climate change. 

Advancing Professional Educational & Training

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IPE Scholars Program Cultivates and Nurtures Collaboration
Angela Botiba was initially drawn to the Center for Interprofessional Health IPE Scholars Program because of its explicit focus on interprofessional education and collaboration. As a dual MHA/MBA candidate, Botiba realized the growing importance of interdisciplinary teamwork in health care. “In health care administration, where collaboration between clinical and non-clinical professionals is paramount, understanding and appreciating the unique strengths each team member brings is crucial,” she said.


Health Sciences' Care Corner: Spring Food Drive
The U’s health sciences is collaborating on a network of Care Corners, which serve as "take what you need" food pantries to help provide additional support in addressing the 11% of graduate students who struggle with food insecurity. Donations of unexpired, shelf stable items are being accepted now through April 19. Drop off sites are located in various locations across the health sciences.

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Check Out Collaboration Insights: A Health Professions Blog for Effective Collaboration
This student-led health professions blog is a hub for information on interprofessional education and collaboration. In the latest entry, Doctor of Physical Therapy student Kandeija Bagurusi and Doctor of Medicine student Katie McLaughlin discuss collaborative practice within communities. Previous entries focus on a variety of teamwork-related topics, including cultural considerations, patient-centered care, psychological safety, and implicit bias

Partnering with Communities

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Exploring the Health of Aging Women in Turkey and the United States
At the doctor’s office, patients are often asked what’s wrong. Robin Austin, PhD, DNP, wants health care providers to start asking about what’s going well, too. Austin is a 2023 Global Health Seed Grant for Interdisciplinary Research recipient who will use her award to study the whole-person health and resilience of aging women in the United States and Turkey. 

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Klobuchar Invites Past Project REACH Participant as State of the Union Guest
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar had inaugural Project REACH cohort member Ann Bussey as her guest at the 2024 State of the Union address. The U’s Project REACH pairs research scientists with community advocates to improve rural health outcomes. During her participation in the year-long program, Bussey developed a policy proposal promoting digital inclusion and digital literacy for Minnesota’s seniors. 

U-Wide Events and Opportunities


Sustainability Symposium - Making Minnesota: Towards Equitable Urban Design
All are invited to attend the April 12 Sustainability Symposium. Its theme centers on environmental justice, the intersection of social justice and environmental issues, and urban design. 


Food Matters for Health Professionals: Continuing Education Course
This evidence-based, experiential-learning, applied nutrition, and culinary skills course is for health professionals of all disciplines. Learn about the role of food in specific health conditions and its function in health promotion and disease prevention.

April 2: Your Brain on Art: How the Arts Transform Us
This webinar will overview the field of neuroaesthetics, the study of how the arts and aesthetic experiences measurably change the body, brain, and behavior, and how this knowledge is translated into specific practices that advance health and wellbeing.

Other News

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We are delighted to extend a heartfelt welcome to President Rebecca Cunningham.
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Communities of practice brings together individuals with shared interests or passions.
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Through Project REACH, Ben Cahill worked on increasing housing opportunities for individuals facing chronic health conditions in…