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Sharing Our Knowledge With the Community

VP Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD

Last fall, we asked our Mini Medical School learners what they most wanted to hear from University experts, and the overwhelming majority said aging.

We listened. Our upcoming Mini Medical School series (April 5, 12, and 19) will focus on aging and health. We invite you to join us and learn about the landscape of aging in Minnesota, including mental health and wellbeing, and ways we can help Minnesotans age more healthily. This event is virtual, free, and open to the public. Attend all three live sessions and receive a digital certificate of completion.

Since 1999, Mini Medical School has given community members a chance to experience what it’s like to be a health sciences student at the University of Minnesota. By sparking interest in health and wellbeing, this long standing community learning opportunity is also a pathway for health care workforce development.

With the potential crisis of fewer health professionals for more people needing care and the rising impact of age-related diseases like dementia, heart disease, and cancer, many efforts are focused on quality of life—increasing healthspan—as much as lifespan. There is no doubt that aging affects us all. We find ourselves learning to care for older loved ones and considering our own futures as we age. Aging healthily isn’t just a personal issue, it is one of the most pressing health concerns at a community, state and world level.

We look forward to seeing you there and discussing this important topic!

Driving Innovation & Discovery

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Announcing the 2022 Clinical Training Sites of Excellence

The Clinical Training Site of Excellence Program recognizes partners who have provided exceptional support for our health sciences learners. Award recipients were recognized for their excellence in 2022 in their creativity and flexibility, role modeling and driving positive change, transparency, communication, and collaboration. The 2022 Clinical Sites of Excellence are:

  • Allina Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
  • Bradshaw Funeral & Cremation Services
  • Cub Pharmacies
  • M Health Fairview-Pharmacy Services
  • M Health Fairview - Rehabilitation Units
  • Planned Parenthood
  • The Pillars of Prospect Park
  • Walgreens


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Office of Discovery and Translation Funding

Turn your innovation into a product, service or approach that improves human health with support from CTSI’s Office of Discovery and Translation (ODAT). ODAT funding opportunities are open to U of M faculty with innovations for unmet human health needs. ODAT prioritizes projects that have identified a solution and are at the stage of solution design and testing. Accepting applications on an ongoing basis.


Advancing Interprofessional Education & Training


Students: What Do You Enjoy Most About Interprofessional Activities?

“Learning from your health care peers offers a fun and informal way to educate each other about your experiences and knowledge. Participating in interprofessional activities is also exciting as you feel that you are being an advocate for positive change and helping bring about a more efficient and fair health care team dynamic.” - Alec B. Buehler, Master of Nursing student

Interprofessional Internship Program

Call for OACA Interprofessional Internship Applications

The Office of Academic Clinical Affairs is proud to host an internship program that competitively identifies student interns and matches them to projects proposed by healthcare system partners. We invite student applications for an internship position during the 2023-2024 academic year. Selected students will be partnered on an interprofessional intern team with a partner organization to engage in a project focused on advancing health and education. Applications due May 15.

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Students Get Out of the Classroom and Into Nature to Learn about Ecohealth

The Center for Interprofessional Health and the Office of Academic Clinical Affairs recently brought a group of eight interprofessional learners to the Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories in north central Minnesota for the third rendition of the Itasca Ecohealth IPE Experience. Learners explored unique cultures, values, roles and responsibilities, and expertise of other health professions and the impact these factors can have on health outcomes. They also analyzed interprofessional case studies and spent time in nature with a guide learning about the local ecosystem and the health benefits of spending time in nature.


2023 Public Health Institute

The Summer Public Health Institute offers courses for students and practicing professionals in public health and related fields. Participants can build or expand their professional expertise, learn best practices, broaden career options, network with other professionals, or explore a new area of interest. This year's courses will be taught in-person over three weeks with faculty experts and will not only add value to your portfolio but will also be an enriching, engaging, and energizing experience.


Partnering with Communities

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Caring for People with Memory Loss

Join experts in a lively, informative discussion related to memory loss, caregiving tips, and what you can do to help. The goal of this conference is to provide information, support, and education for adult children, spouses, parents, health and community care providers, and others concerned with caring for people with memory loss. The Caring for People with Memory Loss Conference is free and open to the public.


U-Wide Events and Opportunities

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Ethics Grand Rounds: One Health: The Inextricable Links of Human Health, Animal Health, and the Environment

Join the Center for Bioethics on March 24 for their upcoming Ethics Grand Rounds. This talk will discuss the inextricable links between human health, animal health, and the environment. It will show how we are at the greatest risk ever of more cataclysmic health events, including epidemics and pandemics.


2023 IEM Innovation Week

Engage with medical device experts, and learn about advances and new directions in medical engineering during IEM Innovation Week, April 17-21. Events focus on engineering to fight cancer, neurological disorders, failing organs, and many other ailments–all at the University of Minnesota.

March 28: The Science of Social Justice: An Interdisciplinary Approach Towards Healing Intergenerational Trauma
The Science of Social Justice is an interdisciplinary theoretical framework used to study the impact of systemic oppression on marginalized communities.

April 5: Earth Day Celebration: Climate Literacy Town Hall
Learn how education can empower millions of young people to understand the climate emergency and confront its drivers.

April 10-12: MPS Newborn Screening Meeting
Hear the latest information on mucopolysaccharidosis and the importance of early detection through newborn screening.

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