#AskWhyProject raises awareness for global health issues

Courtesy Missy McCoy

Fourth year medical student Missy McCoy is passionate about health equity and human rights. As a 2013-15 Oryema Fellow in Social Medicine, she has been involved in SocMed, a non-profit organization focused on educating the medical community on health inequality.

McCoy and some of her friends became aware that SocMed also offers a unique global health course centered on activism and advocacy in Northern Uganda. They decided to raise funds to attend the course -- while also raising awareness for global health issues -- by creating a social media and fundraising campaign called the #AskWhyProject.

Diversity on the rise in the Twin Cities

A record number of diverse students is choosing to attend the University of Minnesota Medical School this year. Out of 170 first year students on our Twin Cities campus (161 M.D. and 9 M.D./Ph.D.), 53 come from multicultural backgrounds.

From 2010-2013, diversity within our student body was steady, with each first year class admitted to the Twin Cities campus averaging 39 multicultural students.

We are excited to break out of that mold and welcome more diverse students to our program in the 2014-2015 academic year. We hope to continue this trend and welcome more diverse applicants in the future.

Joseph Clinton to retire, Michelle Biros to lead as interim head of Emergency Medicine

Photo by Rich Ryan

Joseph E. Clinton, M.D., head of the Department of Emergency Medicine, will retire at the end of 2014. His last day as head will be Wednesday, December 31, 2014. Clinton plans to continue working for the department as an ad hoc professor in the New Year, assisting with emergency medicine electives, required courses, and procedure laboratories.

Michelle Biros, M.D., M.S., FACEP, will assume the role of interim head of Emergency Medicine effective January 1st. Biros is the department’s current vice chair for research, a role she has held since 2008.

Michael Hyoung-son Kim, M.D., named Twin Cities' assistant dean for student affairs

Photo courtesy Michael Kim

The Office of Undergraduate Medical Education has developed a new role to support Twin Cities and Duluth year 3-4 medical students. The assistant dean for student affairs will support medical student learning, professional development, and career planning. This role will centralize many of the duties that help students meet their goals.

Michael Hyoung-son Kim, M.D., current faculty member in Medicine’s Division of General Internal Medicine and Pediatrics’ Division of Hospital Medicine, will be the first person to serve as assistant dean for student affairs.

New spine fellowship integrates orthopaedics and neurosurgery

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery recently announced a new Spine Fellowship for the 2015-16 academic year. The fellowship, which hopes to bring two or three new spine specialists to the University of Minnesota, will be uniquely integrated with both orthopaedics and neurosurgery for applicants who have successfully completed an orthopaedics or neurosurgery residency. The program will be one of only a handful of spine fellowships in the country that uses a full-spectrum orthopaedic and neurosurgery approach to train future spine surgeons.

Four inducted to Society for Pediatric Research

The Society for Pediatric Research (SPR) was founded in the 1930s as an academic society committed to fostering the research and career development of investigators engaged in creating new knowledge that advances the health and well-being of children and youth. Since that time, the SPR has emerged as the pre-eminent international society devoted to young investigators in basic science and translational research. Membership is highly competitive, limited to early-stage investigators, and requires demonstration of excellence in child health research through metrics such as extramural peer-reviewed funding and publication of original scientific manuscripts.