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Learning From and With Each Other

VP Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD

What is one of the ways we can provide a team-based experience for our learners? Case competitions present a difficult question and challenge interdisciplinary teams to problem-solve by combining their different roles, strengths, skills and points of view. These experiences allow students to take the lead on designing a solution or innovation that meets needs for an individual patient, an organization, a system or a community.

While each competition has a different area of focus, all have common threads that support interprofessional education competencies and relationship-building among students, including teamwork, communication and problem solving. Here are some examples:

  • The Interprofessional Geriatric Case Competition brings together undergraduate and graduate students from across the U as a team to develop a comprehensive, interprofessional plan of care for an older adult. The Fall ‘23 registration deadline is Sept. 27. The competition is approved as part of the 1Health interprofessional education curriculum. Faculty are welcome to consider offering this as an optional credit or up to 12 clinical hours in their course syllabus.
  • The Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility hosts the Global Health Case Competition each winter for undergraduate and graduate students from multiple schools and disciplines to come together to develop innovative solutions for 21st century global health issues. The competition allows students to gain simulated professional experience in an interdisciplinary environment, and the winning team participates at the international competition.
  • The CLARION Case Competition invites students from across professions to problem-solve together on systems-level issues that impact patient and population health. The competition is hosted by the CLARION Student Board, a student organization supported by CHIP. Winners of the local competition are invited to represent the University at the National Competition, held annually in Minneapolis in April and attended by up to 18 universities from across the country.
  • The Interdisciplinary Health Data Competition promotes interdisciplinary collaboration on using data to address current health care challenges. Students complete an exploratory analysis of specified datasets to provide innovative solutions and insights. This event encourages graduate students across all disciplines to practice, enhance and showcase their understanding of real world health care problems and their abilities to solve them with innovative use of data science tools and methodologies.

One of our health sciences students commented: “This is a really good opportunity to learn more about the roles of other professions on the care team. With the variety of team members I've had on my team and complexity of cases, we've had a chance to learn more about these different areas and how our roles fit together, which is something I think is really important.”

We agree! Preparing our learners to foster collaborative and problem-solving skills they will use as part of a future health care team is an important part of developing the workforce of the future.

Driving Innovation & Discovery


Call for Nominations: Academies for Excellence
The Academies for Excellence invites nominations through Oct. 17 to recognize outstanding faculty in the areas of scientific research, educational scholarship, clinical practice, and team science. If you have any questions or would like more information please contact [email protected].

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Masonic Cancer Center Retains National Cancer Institute Designation as an “Outstanding” Comprehensive Cancer Center
The Masonic Cancer Center has achieved its sixth consecutive designation as a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), receiving an “Outstanding” rating. This recognition highlights the center’s exceptional contribution to cancer research, prevention, treatment, and survivorship. The NCI designation ensures ongoing support for their cancer research initiatives.

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Global Engagement Grants
The University’s Global Engagement Grants program is accepting applications for 2023-24 funding. These grants support innovative global health projects by faculty, staff, and graduate students. Open call Global Engagement Grants, ranging from $1,500 to $15,000, are available for various initiatives, including educational programs and research. Applications close Oct. 30.

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Mothers Leading Science
Mothers Leading Science offers a year-long career development program for research-focused health science faculty raising school-age or young children. The program aims to address gender representation issues, high attrition rates among female scientists, and the unique challenges faced by mothers in academic health science research. Applications for the 2024 cohort are open until Oct. 2. Eligibility extends to health science faculty with research commitments and identification as a mother.

Advancing Interprofessional Education & Training

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IPE Scholars Program - Applications Now Open!
The Interprofessional Education (IPE) Scholars Program offers health professions students a unique opportunity to enhance their knowledge about interprofessional education and develop important interprofessional collaboration skills. Successful completion of the IPE Scholars Program will allow you to earn a formal distinction in interprofessional education to be displayed on your official U of M transcript. Application deadline is Dec. 15.

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Critical Care Cardiology Education Summit: Fostering Excellence through Collaboration and Simulation 
This past spring, the University held the first annual Critical Care Cardiology Education Summit. The collaboration brought together the Department of Medicine and the Minnesota Mobile Resuscitation Consortium’s ECMO team with the aim to bring critical care cardiologists together to build a community and train fellows planning to pursue a career in cardiovascular critical care. M Simulation employed technical simulation to help attendees practice hands-on invasive skills.

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Health Sciences Education Center Open House
All are invited to the HSEC Open House on Sept. 21. The event offers a tabling session, followed by a social engagement period, featuring games, networking opportunities, and pizza for health professional students.

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Attend the Inaugural Advances in Learning Health System Sciences Conference
The Center for Learning Health System Sciences will hold its inaugural Advances in Learning Health System Sciences conference Sept. 18 and 19. The conference is geared towards LHS communities broadly with a focus on Minnesota and intends to highlight learning health system best practices, lessons learned, and promote discussion while expanding the reach and diversity of the LHS community and activities across an LHS network.

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India: Global Health, Globalization and Leadership 
Explore global health in India in the University’s winter break course in Mysore. Open to graduate and professional students, employees, alumni, and community learners, this program runs from Dec. 28, 2023, to Jan. 13, 2024. Discover the significance of social determinants of health in a globalized world through classroom activities and site visits. Scholarships are available; application deadline is Oct. 1.

Partnering With Communities

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Serving the Community
Crystal Barbus says volunteering with the U's Mobile Health Initiative (MHI) was a great way to be able to contribute back to the community as a medical student early on. "The population of patients that MHI serves is also one that seems often forgotten in the health care system, so being able to help bridge the gap in access for this group felt like it would be an enriching experience for both me and the patients," she said.

U Wide Events and Opportunities


EM Annual Conference
The 2023 IEM Annual Conference on Sept. 26 will include keynote talks by recognized industry leaders, time for networking and team-building, and a poster session highlighting research by IEM faculty and affiliated groups.


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CTSI Translational Science Symposium and Poster Session
Attend CTSI’s Translational Science Symposium and Poster Session to discover the impactful research of CTSI’s Scholars, gain insights from TED-style talks, and connect with community members and translational researchers from across the University.

Sept. 20: Towards Zero Preventable Harm - Harnessing the Power of Shared Language for Care Team Handoffs
Learn about how to improve care team handoffs and patient safety by establishing a shared language across health care specialties and systems.

Sept. 22: Ethics Grand Rounds: Seen Yet Invisible: Lessons from Muslim Experiences at the Margins of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Healthcare
Learn about practical strategies for improving inclusion in health care.

Oct. 6: Duluth Rural Collective Event
Connect with the Rural Collective, network, and learn about rural health initiatives. Open to U of M faculty and staff interested in rural health.

Mindful Mondays: A Mindful Approach to Stress Reduction
Experienced instructors will lead you through mindful movements and meditations, leaving you rejuvenated.

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