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Top 10 OACA Stories of 2020

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2020 has been an extraordinary year. We have seen incredible challenges, a global community coming together, and so many notable strides to make the world a better place.

Here are our top 10 most-read stories from the Office of Academic Clinical Affairs in 2020.

10. From Classroom to Today’s World: Interprofessional Health Sciences Professionals Apply Skills Gained in Classroom to Tackle COVID-19 Pandemic

Michael Metcalf, Colton Cannon, and Dale Krageschmidt completed a group project as part of the Summer Public Health Institute’s course, “Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases.” They put their learning experience to practical use and worked together to develop a simple COVID-19 educational module that can benefit others.

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9. What Humor & Creativity Can Teach Us About Innovation

Barry Kudrowitz, PhD, is interested in how creativity is perceived, evaluated and learned. He has years of experience working with the toy industry and has taught toy design for over a decade.

Barry Kudrowitz

8. Health as a Birthright

Ms. Jewelean Jackson, Community-University Health Care Center Board Chair, shares her thoughts on health, leadership, and uplifting Black communities.

Jewelean Jackson

7. Addressing Racial Inequities in Health Outcomes During COVID and Beyond

Maternal mortality and police brutality are public health crises. Understanding both and enacting meaningful change requires addressing racism.

Zoom Panel

6. Health Sciences Education Center Heralds A New Beginning

Today’s new models of health care require different professions to work together using new strategies and technologies. HSEC signals a transformation in health sciences education and brings together all of the health sciences schools and affiliated programs at the University of Minnesota.

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5. Classroom Services in a New Era of Learning

Health Sciences Classroom Services ensures that classroom environments support the unique and dynamic nature of health sciences curriculum.

HSEC Staff

4. The Long View

Carolyn Fairbanks, PhD, and George Wilcox, PhD, have worked for nearly 20 years on developing a non-opioid treatment for chronic pain management and received a $4.5 million grant from the Department of Defense to continue their research.

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3. M Simulation Pivots to Online Delivery to Meet Critical Clinical Training Needs During the COVID-19 Pandemic

During a worldwide pandemic, the critical role of the M Simulation team in preparing the future healthcare workforce is more vital than ever. In a rapid COVID-19 response, the team mobilized to deliver its healthcare simulation online.


2. Virtual CPR Training: A Critical, Life-Saving Alternative During COVID-19

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the staff at the Center for Resuscitation Medicine quickly realized that CPR training came to a hard stop—and they knew they needed to find an alternative to the vital face-to-face trainings.


1. U of M Twin Cities, Helmsley Charitable Trust and Health Care System Partners Aim to Increase Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates

A 24-7 mobile life support program serving Minnesota is the first in the nation to serve multiple health care systems.


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