2009: Issue 2 medical school
2009 Graduating Class.
Celebrating While this newsletter issue is dedicated to honoring
and celebrating our achievements, as I announced
our past and
34 percent of the 50 Duluth
graduates were matched to at the event, we are not resting on our laurels.
Family Medicine residency
programs this year. Another
24 percent selected other shaping our future. Physician shortages still exist, but we can do
something that maximizes the ability of health care
primary care specialties systems to serve their patients. It’s an approach to
such as Internal Medicine,
Pediatrics, and Med/Peds. On June 5, more than 150 people packed our health science education that we have begun on
42 percent chose specialties medical school atrium to celebrate the dedication this campus and plan to expand and deepen.
such as emergency medicine,
of our Duluth Medical School Legends and
orthopedic surgery. More Leaders Wall of Honor and newly commissioned We envision an interprofessional model of
about Match Day. sculpture and to remember the people who education that will unite clinical and academic
dedicated their time, talents, and gifts to building health disciplines—medicine, pharmacy,
the University of Minnesota Duluth Medical mental health, and nursing. We have fostered
School. Forty years ago in May, Minnesota interprofessional education with case studies that
legislators passed a bill that would fund this new bring medical and pharmacy students together.
school. Their hope: that our school would inspire Students from these disciplines planned, opened,
new, primary care M.D.s to practice in rural areas and now run the HOPE Clinic, which serves
suffering from physician shortages. homeless and low-income people in Duluth. That
is just the tip of the iceberg. If students can learn
Since 1969, thousands of people have health science together, they can practice together
stepped forward to build and strengthen more effectively as a team.
this mission. In 1972, we admitted our first
24 students. This spring, 50 graduated. Much work lies ahead to shape this new model
More than 1,500 alumni are in residency or of education, including building new teaching
practicing—almost half in rural areas. Other space that facilitates integrated learning.
medical schools envy the high percentages I invite you to call me or e-mail me to talk
of our graduates who match in Family about this vision. We need
Medicine. The Medical School ranks second your input and, for the next
in the nation in Native American graduates 40 years and beyond, we need
and 78 of the 126 began their studies in your support.
Duluth. Finally our research professors are
advancing discoveries that combat heart Gary L. Davis, Ph.D.
disease, brain disease, cancer, and many Senior Associate Dean
other conditions. firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebrating 40 Years,
A Vital Mission,
and ‘Legends and Leaders’
People packed the medical school atrium on an early June evening—some
in chairs, others standing against the walls, and many more peering over
the second- and third-floor balconies. Perhaps Duluth Mayor Don Ness
captured the spirit of the gathering best when he told
the crowd, “What I appreciate about this event is that
it truly celebrates people. People make things happen
in our community, and I am proud to be among you
tonight to recognize those people who built this school,
which serves all of us in Minnesota so well.”
In total, about 150 people came to dedicate the new
Duluth Medical School Legends and Leaders Wall of
Honor and sculpture. In May 1969 legislation passed
Mayor Don Ness praised the
to provide funding to start the school, and the June 5 Wall of Honor project and
event honored the many people who have supported its celebration for emphasizing
mission since. the people who built this
Event host Senior Associate Dean Gary Davis told
attendees about walking through the empty school
building on a quiet weekend soon after he started his position in
2007. The school, he realized, was devoid of anything that celebrated
its mission or recognized its builders. He directed that a Wall of
Honor be constructed that served both goals. Committees began
delving into our history and searching for an artist. Their choice,
Jane Frees-Kluth, created a sculpture of a woman reaching toward
an abstract small-town street. The sculpture symbolizes many: the
Nine categories of names are listed on faculty and staff who inspire students to “go there”; alumni who say
the Wall of Honor. Speakers from each “follow me”; communities who ask graduates to “come and serve”; and
category were invited to read the names donors of major gifts. At the feet of the sculpture are 182
of the Legends and Leaders: Lota nameplates and space for the names of future donors.
Carter, Deans; Beverly Betten Goldfine,
Community Leaders; Alfred France, Those listed are major donors who supported
Legislators and Congressmen; Ricard programs, buildings, research, and scholarships
Puumala, Founding Physicians; Richard with gifts of $10,000 or more or who specified a gift
Eisenberg, Charter/Founding Faculty; to the school in their wills; founding and charter Alan Johns from the first
John and Julie Moller Sanford, Heritage faculty; founding physicians—a group of Duluth- class of alumni and Thomas
area physicians who became the first teachers and Maust, fourth year medical
Society; Jim Boulger (not shown) Gail
student, speak to the crowd.
Baldwin and John Streitz, Major Donors; administrators; Duluth legislators who passed key
Vince Magnuson, UMD Administrators; bills in 1969 and 1974 to develop the curriculum,
Mark Parsons, Organizations. hire founding faculty, and fund the building; Duluth
community leaders who advocated for the school; and
UMD administrators in the early ’70s. Complete list.
Senior Associate Dean Gary Davis welcomes the 150 people who came to
celebrate. The crowd included honorees and their families, alumni, faculty,
staff and students and friends of the campus. While many sat in the audience,
additional attendees looked down from the second and third-floor balconies.
The Duluth Medical School Legends and Leaders Wall of Honor was
paid for with personal donations from:
• Two people who wish to remain anonymous
• The family of Robert Carter, the school’s first dean
• Gary Davis, senior associate dean
• The family and friends of the late Malcolm Fifield, one of the
In her remarks, artist Jane
Frees-Kluth told the crowd
• Vicky and Ron Franks, a former dean that creating this sculpture
• Frances and Joseph Leek, a founding physician became an intensely personal
• Jacqueline and Paul Royce, a former dean project. She described how she
• Ruth Westra, chair of the Family Medicine Department —Duluth made plaster impressions from
rock, bark, and other natural
elements surrounding Lake
More of the story and photos.
Superior to create the base of the figure. She
also read an original poem, “Woman and
the Lake,” written by Lori Sanchez, a UMD
custodian who works at the Medical School.
(Left) Lota Carter, spouse of the first dean, enjoys the celebration with faculty
member and honoree, James Boulger. (Right) Honorees Phyllis France and Patricia (L to R) James Monge, Sara Olmanson (student), Mary Rude,
Streitz surround faculty member Lillian Repesh. (Below) Faculty member Richard Dennis Kelly, and Miah Eisenschenk (student) share stories of
Hoffman, center, shows the new Simulation Center to Clyde and Jean Olson. medical school, then and now.
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1035 University Drive #107 Annette Boman Fellowship Presented MAFP Honors Duluth Campus
Duluth, MN 55812-3000 to Bethany Nelson Faculty and Students
Bethany Nelson, a Ph.D. candidate in Duluth faculty and students received top
the Academic Health Center-Duluth awards from the Minnesota Academy of Family
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Physicians at the organization’s annual Spring
Photos by Daniel Schlies and James Boulger Biophysics program since 2005, was Refresher held at the Minneapolis Convention
awarded the Annette Boman Women’s Center in April. Medical Student Awards:
Fellowship for Cancer Research. Nicholas Vidor and Marie Lange; Teacher of
This publication is supported by the
Minnesota Medical Foundation and the Year, Ruth Westra, DO; and President’s
published 3 times annually. Dan Schlies Receives University Award to Raymond G. Christensen, M.D.
Submit questions and comments to: Community Service Recognition
Michelle Juntunen The University of Minnesota Office for Robert Cormier, Ph.D., Named SMDC
Public Engagement in April named Daniel Chair in Cancer Biology
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Duluth, MN Schlies the recipient of an Honorable Robert Cormier, Ph.D., assistant professor at
Mention Award and $500 in the University the University of Minnesota Medical School—
of Minnesota’s Outstanding Community Duluth in the department of biochemistry and
The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all
persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and
Service Award -- Staff Category. Schlies, a ,
molecular biology on June 8 was named SMDC
employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national
origin, sex, age marital status, disability, public assistance status,
photographer and educational resources Chair in Cancer Biology. The honor extends
veteran status, or sexual orientation.
staff person for the Duluth campus the SMDC support of research at the medical
for 23 years, was among eight people school when it established a Chair in 2002 and
receiving recognition. committed $1.2 million over ten years.
Honor Your Personal Legend or Leader
We have created the Duluth Medical Legends and Leaders The 60 students who will enter our doors next fall will each
Scholarship to commemorate this wonderful anniversary— pay annual tuition of $32,000. And they will graduate with
the 1969 legislation that established the University of an average debt of more than $185,000—the average debt of
Minnesota–Duluth Medical School—to celebrate the new this year’s graduates. Scholarships help students reduce their
Wall of Honor, and, most important, to help you honor tuition debt and stay on track to a medical degree.
anyone you regard as a personal legend or leader. Whom do
you remember most: someone who taught you, inspired you, When I talk to our alumni and to the wonderful people
encouraged you, or made you laugh? Maybe your heroes are who attended our June 5 Legends and Leaders event, they
your parents, grandparents, spouse, children, or your family consistently describe our school’s founders as people
doctor. Maybe your hero is someone on our Wall of Honor. who care in a very personal way. Won’t you show how
much you care about our students and your own personal
Today you have an opportunity to honor those special people heroes by making a gift that reflects your appreciation or
by contributing to the Legends and Leaders Scholarship. Now cherished memories?
is a great time to make a gift—this endowed scholarship
is more than half-way to qualifying for the President’s Please consider a pledge to the Duluth Medical
Scholarship Match! That means that the payout from the Legends and Leaders Scholarship, or, if you have
fund will be matched, doubling the impact of your gift. another gift idea, don’t hesitate to give me a call or
send me an e-mail.
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Director, Medical Advancement–Duluth
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