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What A Year

VP Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD

Every day, hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans feel the impact of our academic health training and research. They are helped by our dentists, nurses, pharmacists, physicians, public health and social workers, therapists, veterinarians, and others. We serve our patients as well as the public interest to meet the needs for future generations of Minnesota's workforce and the communities they will serve in virtually every part of the state.
Let’s celebrate a few of the remarkable accomplishments of 2023:

Thank you for all you do to help educate our learners, treat patients, and make discoveries that improve health and health care in Minnesota and around the world.

As a student in health care, establishing such interprofessional teams has broader impacts on my personal and professional development. I’ve actively participated in multiple interprofessional activities, including case competitions that require collaborative practices, the Interprofessional Internship Program, and the IPE Scholars Program. These have led me to a deep understanding of how multifunctional teams identify and solve problems.


Driving Innovation & Discovery

Academies for Excellence 2023 Inductees
The Academies for Excellence recognizes outstanding faculty in the areas of scientific research, educational scholarship, clinical practice, and team science. Congratulations to the 2023 inductees:

Academy for Excellence in Clinical Practice

Academy for Excellence in Health Research

Academy for Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Academy for Excellence in Team Science
Facilitating research to discover new treatments that improve the physical and emotional health of children who are affected by obesity and obesity-related conditions.

Details on a recognition event are forthcoming. The names and photos of this year's recipients will be added to the Academies for Excellence wall plaques in Moos Tower.

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Elevate Your Research Career Today with CTSI
The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) has released new RFAs for the CTSI T32 Program and the Translational Research Development Program (TRDP), inviting applications from qualified predoctoral and postdoctoral students. These programs offer opportunities for those eager to advance in the field of translational research. Interested candidates should submit their Letters of Intent by Jan. 8.

Advancing Interprofessional Education and Training

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Register for the WILD Series: Values & Ethics
The Center for Interprofessional Health invites health professionals to participate in the upcoming WILD (Workplace Interprofessional Learning & Development) Series. Focusing on Values and  Ethics, this series includes five weekly emails and a one-hour group debriefing session for skill development in interprofessional practice. Participants attending a debrief session can earn two hours of continuing education credit through the National Center for Interprofessional Education & Practice. Register by Jan.18 for the series beginning Jan. 21.


Are You the Next Health Care Innovator? Enter UMN's CLARION Case Competition and Show Your Skills!
The CLARION Local Case Competition, organized by the Center for Health Interprofessional Programs, invites health professional students to collaborate in teams. Participants analyze a health care case, develop a root cause analysis and recommendations, and present their solutions to an interprofessional panel. This competition enhances skills like teamwork, communication, and problem-solving, reflecting the real-world health care environment. Registration closes Jan. 18.

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Join UMN's Itasca Ecohealth IPE Retreat
The Itasca Ecohealth IPE Experience is a unique weekend-long retreat for health sciences students. Held at the Itasca Biological Station, this collaborative learning experience focuses on ecohealth principles and geopolitical considerations in health. Students from various health professions engage in activities that include problem-solving sessions, interactions with faculty experts, and exploration of environmental and ecosystem health. The experience aims to enhance students' understanding of interdisciplinary approaches to health challenges. Applications are open until Jan. 7.

Partnering With Communities

Mary J. Brown

Longtime CUHCC Staff Member Receives Outstanding Community Health Center Employee Award
Mary J. Brown, a patient services representative at Community-University Health Care Center (CUHCC), received the Outstanding Community Health Center Employee Award at the Many Faces of Community Health Conference for her exceptional service. She reflects, “CUHCC has become the place where I learned to be a part of something bigger than me. It makes me feel like what I do matters.” Brown’s dedication to health equity and patient care is at the heart of CUHCC’s mission, and she adds, “These experiences have both been numinous in nature as well as numerous. Helping people has brought me compassionate satisfaction.”

U-Wide Events And Opportunities

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Uncover Mindfulness Techniques at the Bakken Center's Stress Reduction Program
Learn mindful meditation and movement practices in this experiential program based on ancient contemplative practices integrated with western medical approaches.

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43rd Annual U of M Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert
The Office for Equity and Diversity hosts the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert, featuring music, dance, and reflections inspired by Dr. King's legacy.

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