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On Match Day 2019, the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health welcomed 54 new residents to our 8 family medicine programs.
As a translational researcher, Jerica Berge, PhD, MPH, LMFT, sees the reciprocal nature of both aspects of her work every day. “I often find myself coming up with research questions after a day of clinic. Then I do research so I can bring answers back to help my patients.”
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. This statement – a testament to the power of research to transform the lives of human beings – became a cornerstone of Dr. Ross’s prolific career.
Why do the majority of our residents choose to stay in Minnesota after graduating? It could be the sprawling lakes and trails, the vibrant arts and cultural scene, or the fact that Minnesota was named one of the Happiest (and Least Stressed) States in America. It’s also a great place to be in family medicine.
“As an educator, when I hear from any student, resident, or fellow that they’re confident they know everything they need to know, I’m concerned. I want to see that curiosity that keeps them going.”
“People often don’t realize they have a right to an attorney, and they won’t call. But if I’m right here at the clinic, that can break down a lot of barriers.”
Studies like this “help move the needle,” says Dr. Peterson. “The findings from ASPREE directly affect what we as primary care doctors do every day.”
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.
By helping patients navigate the often complex journey through the health care system, Community Health Worker Saida Mohamed, LSW, is breaking down the barriers that contribute to poor health outcomes and empowering patients to become more active in their care.