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Family Medicine Professor Michael Ross Reflects on 500 Papers about Health and Sexual Minorities
An early advisor of Michael Ross, MedDr, PhD, MPH, MHPEd, MSt, framed a paper above her desk that he never forgot: If it’s not published, it hasn’t happened.
Family medicine residents who graduate from the University of Minnesota find themselves in a unique position to shape their careers according to their medical and personal interests. A leading family medicine training program in the country in terms of full-spectrum education and excellent faculty, the UMN prepares generations of family physicians to practice in a variety of settings - urban, rural, and global.
On the computer screen glows a familiar map of the world. A friend has sent Shailey Prasad, MD, MPH, the image, which illustrates the disparity between the map produced in the 16th century - the Mercator projection, which distorts the size of objects the farther they lie from the equator - and reality. A blue overlay on the screen shrinks Greenland to a thumbprint as Africa and South America remain palm-sized.
Paul* had been a patient at Bethesda Family Medicine Clinic for a few years when he met attorney Rebecca Dodson. Homeless and struggling, Paul had mentioned during a medical appointment that he didn’t have a safe place to store his much-needed insulin to treat his diabetes. His doctor walked him down the clinic hall to Dodson’s office, where she listened to him and gave him resources on applying for public housing.
Aspirin is a hot topic in the news this month, thanks to a large international trial called ASPREE (ASPirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly), which examined aspirin as a method of prevention of cardiovascular disease, dementia, depression, and some cancers in more than 19,000 participants in Australia and the USA.
In the fall of 2017, St. John's faculty Anne Keenan, MD, learned that the Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) had partnered with two HealthEast clinics to deliver fresh CSA shares to patients. Motivated by a personal interest in local farms, she asked if Phalen could participate. In summer 2018, HAFA began delivering bundles of fresh produce to the family medicine clinic, where staff distributed them to patients experiencing food insecurity.
In one of the brightly painted hallways in Smiley’s clinic hangs a cheerful bulletin board peppered with flyers and infographics. Cabida Shiishadu waxay faafin kartaa cudurrada, reads one of the posters: Hookah can spread diseases. Ramadan Mubarak, reads another: Have a blessed Ramadan.