Health Sciences Education Center

New Beginnings

VP Jakub Tolar

On February 13, 2018, I had the rare opportunity to join a group of VIPs as they broke ground for a new interprofessional education space. The world could not feel more different than that very cold day two years ago, but one thing remains the same, that now more than ever, collaboration is needed, even if we must practice it six feet apart. I’m talking about the new Health Sciences Education Center (HSEC), which I’m delighted to announce is open and ready for students, faculty, and staff.

One of the most comprehensive interprofessional education facilities in the country, HSEC provides a unifying space for all our health sciences, replaces old and outdated classrooms, and promotes teamwork across schools. It is more than a building, it is a tool for change, both in the ways we approach education and foster relationships outside of siloed disciplines.

HSEC is home to state-of-the-art simulation environments, library expertise and modern technology, as well as health interprofessional programs to prepare students for real-world problem-solving. HSEC offers innovative classrooms with active learning and small-group teaching spaces that are equipped with video conferencing to enable distance learning. It is also a beautiful space opening for use at a crucial time.

Together, we are shaping the future of healthcare while making student, staff, and faculty wellbeing our first priority. Please join me in celebrating HSEC by making new and meaningful connections. The space is meant for you.

Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD
Vice President for Clinical Affairs

HSEC space

HSEC Welcome Week (Sept. 14 - 18)
HSEC is now open to students, staff, and faculty. As the new hub for our health professional schools, HSEC’s spaces promote interprofessional education and teamwork, as well as foster a culture that values student and faculty wellbeing. Please join us in celebrating the innovative new facility and welcoming health sciences students the week of September 14-18. Stop by for treats, giveaways, and prize drawings.


Wayne Kewitsch

Chain of Survival
Supported by the Office of Academic Clinical Affairs, the Center for Resuscitation Medicine makes ECMO accessible throughout the Twin Cities to improve outcomes for sudden cardiac arrest. Richfield Fire Chief Wayne Kewitsch is a living testament to CPR, first responders and life-saving cardiac care.


Mini Medical School

Mini Medical School Online Course Available
OACA sponsors Mini Medical Schools to engage our community and offer unique perspectives into the health sciences at the University of Minnesota. Mini Medical School: A 20/20 View of Cancer was a session focused on cancer that was originally presented for six consecutive weeks in January through March 2020. We now offer “A 20/20 View of Cancer” as an online experience. The course is free and open for a certification of completion.

GWEP case competition

2020 Interprofessional Geriatric Case Competition
Faculty are invited to be coaches or judges for the 2020 Interprofessional Geriatric Case Competition, which will be held virtually this year. The Interprofessional Geriatric Case Competition is sponsored by the Minnesota Northstar Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP). The competition is a unique opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students from multiple disciplines and schools at the University of Minnesota to come together as a team to develop a comprehensive, interprofessional plan of care for an older adult.

Schedule of events:

  •  Orientation on Zoom: 09/29/2020
  •  Team meetings:  Determined by the team, between 9/29 - 10/25
  •  Semifinalists: Synchronous online presentations and award ceremony: 11/2/2020
  •  Finalists: Synchronous online presentations and award ceremony for UMN student team competing against a student team from Saint Louis University: 11/9/2020

Questions? Please contact [email protected].

Global health day

Global Health Day
To recognize and celebrate the amazing achievements in global health work at the University of Minnesota, the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility (CGHSR) hosts a Global Health Day each year. During the event, students, staff, and faculty from a wide variety of schools and colleges, areas of study, perspectives, and diverse identities showcase their work, attend the event, or present on major global health issues. CGHSR invites you to attend and celebrate Global Health Day on Saturday, October 3, 2020.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, they have changed the format this year. Leading up to the main event, they will host a virtual Global Health Poster Showcase to feature the important and varied global health research and work done by University of Minnesota students. They will also celebrate the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility's 10 years of impactful global health work around the world.

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