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Clinical Training Sites of Excellence

VP Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD

Getting our health sciences learners the clinical experience they need to confidently and competently join our health care workforce takes several critical factors: dedicated staff and faculty coordinating the partnerships, learners whose skill and effort represent their training well, and committed partners.

Despite the unique challenges of the pandemic, in 2020 our clinical partners hosted more than 5,000 students from 16 programs in the health sciences. Our new Clinical Training Site of Excellence Program recognizes partners who have provided exceptional support for our health sciences learners. We are grateful for their long-standing commitment, for engaging a large number of learners despite adverse conditions, for ensuring equity, inclusion and diversity, and for advancing interprofessional excellence.

I am pleased to announce the 2020 Clinical Sites of Excellence:

  • Allina Health
  • Broadway Clinic [M Physicians (UMP)]
  • Essentia Health
  • Guidepoint Pharmacy
  • Health Partners
  • Hennepin Healthcare
  • Mayo Clinic
  • M Health Fairview
  • Minneapolis VA Health Care System
  • Minnesota Community Care
  • Minnesota Department Of Human Services
  • Professional Rehabilitation Consultants
  • Sanford Health
  • Tri-county Health Care
  • Twin Cities Orthopedics
  • Walgreens
  • Welia Health

My thanks go to the health sciences associate deans of education; the clinical placement coordinators, Cheri Friedrich and Sara North, co-directors of Interprofessional Education; Christine Arenson, co-director of the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education; and AVP Carolyn Porta—not only for their outstanding work under adverse conditions, but also for co-creating this first-of-its-kind program to recognize our clinical partners.

Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD
Vice President for Clinical Affairs

Clinical Research News

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M Simulation Partners with Howard University to Further DEI Efforts in Standardized Patient Training
M Simulation is collaborating with Howard University on the recently funded project, “Developing and Assessing the Impact of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Professional Development Training with Standardized Patients (SPs).”
The project aims to implement and study the effectiveness of a multi-site DEI training program for SPs. Their goal is to raise awareness of SP implicit bias as a beginning step in creating processes that include a DEI lens on simulation-based health professional education.

Clinical IPE Training News

Ethics Grand Rounds

Ethical Implications of Disparities Observed in COVID-19 for Scarce Resource Allocation
COVID-19 continues to shine a light on the deep disparities present throughout the United States, in terms of cases, hospitalizations and deaths. On Friday, April 23, 12:15-1:30 p.m., learn about mortality data, as well as occupational case data, from Minnesota and examine what this means for the ethical allocation of scarce resources, including vaccines. RSVP Now

Call for Telehealth Faculty Mentors and Resources

Call for Telehealth Faculty Mentors and Resources
The Office of Academic Clinical Affairs has curated a
Telehealth Faculty Mentors Page with faculty and staff willing to share insights about creating and delivering telehealth clinical training experiences, education/preceptorship and related curricular content. If you are interested in being added to the mentors page, please send a brief bio and photo to AVP Carolyn Porta at [email protected]. We have worked with these faculty experts to compile a telehealth education and clinical training resource repository organized by learner level (early, intermediate, advanced), competency type, and telehealth educational content area; this will be available shortly. We welcome any resources you are currently using in your teaching; please send details to [email protected], subject: heading telehealth training tools.

A Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts for Nexus Summit 2021
The Call for Abstracts is open now for
Nexus Summit 2021: Working Together in the Nexus, which will include thought-provoking plenaries, interactive Conversation Cafes, skill-building Seminars, Lightning Talk discussions, and student and professional poster sessions. Share your expertise, initiatives, and innovations through the Call for Abstracts by June 6. The Call builds upon the National Center’s strategic framework, as developed into the selected themes for this year: Innovations in Interprofessional Learning: in Practice and/or Education, Innovations in Interprofessional Collaborative Practice, Client/Patient/Family and Community-Engaged and Co-created Practice and Education, and The Nexus of Health Equity.

U-Wide Events and Opportunities

U-Wide Events

Maintaining Momentum: Community Framing of Policing Solutions, Mental Health & Wellness, and Anti-Racist Research Strategies
This spring's
Diversity Data Deep Dive conference on April 21 explores data on public safety and police reform, conducting research through an anti-racism lens, results from student mental health surveys, and the social and psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on faculty, staff, and students from across the University.


IV Drip

Apply for the Translational Grant Program
Clinical And Translational Science Institute’s Translational Grant Program request for applications is targeted to support the development of innovations that aim to advance health equity and accessibility. Principal Investigators with an appointment at the University (systemwide, all campuses) including faculty members at affiliated sites: VA, Hennepin Healthcare, HealthPartners, and the Children’s Hospitals of Minnesota are eligible. Early-stage projects in which the primary goal is to eventually develop a new therapeutic, diagnostic, medical device, or treatment approach. Proposals due April 28.

Dr. Jennifer Atkinson

Navigating Climate Anxiety
Do you wonder how to navigate the emotional toll of climate breakdown? Strategies and solutions to care for your mental health while confronting the climate crisis are essential. Join the Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing and Environmental Humanities Initiative on May 4 for a workshop with Dr. Jennifer Atkinson, associate professor of environmental humanities at the University of Washington, Bothell, known for her seminars on eco-grief and climate anxiety. This workshop will explore the complex emotional and ethical issues involved in facing the threat of climate change, and offer strategies for students, educators, and community members to stay engaged in environmental work over the long run. Drawing on resources from the humanities, psychology, contemplative practice, and post-traumatic growth theory, participants will build the resilience needed for navigating despair and hope in the era of climate crisis.



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