September 2010 Archives

Minnesota's Future Doctors

Minnesota's Future Doctors program allows undergraduate students from underserved communities across Minnesota the opportunity to jump-start their journeys to medical school. Meet Thuy and Charles, participants who have just kicked-off their first year in Medical School.

Minnesota's Future Doctors are interested in science and they are interested in helping people. The program seeks applicants who have successfully completed their first year at a college or university and who are interested in becoming a doctor and serving Minnesota's diverse urban and rural communities.

This is an intense program, taking place over three summers, that requires commitment from those who enroll. Individuals apply in January or February of their first or freshman year of college.

Position Posting: MN Urban AHEC Administrative Coordinator

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The Minnesota Urban Area Health Education Center (AHEC) was established in fall 2009 to strengthen the connections between the health professions programs at the University of Minnesota and underserved urban communities in the Twin Cities.

The Minnesota Urban AHEC is currently seeking an Administrative Coordinator.

The full-time Administrative Coordinator within the Minnesota Urban Area Health AHEC will be primarily responsible for providing administrative support to the center executive director.

For details and application instructions, please visit the University of Minnesota Physicians Career website.

MN Urban AHEC Supports Urban SCRUBS Camp

The Urban SCRUBS Camp was a five-day residential experience, Aug. 1-5, 2010, for youth grades nine -12 interested in health related careers.

Students participated in hands-on workshops, toured labs and medical facilities, and networked with college students, faculty, and health professionals while learning about the wide array of health-related professions in the fields of medicine, dental, nursing, public health, emergency medicine, physical fitness, cardiovascular, laboratory, bioinformatics, sleep technology, and more.

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The Minnesota Urban AHEC facilitated scholarships for 22 students from the Northside of Minneapolis and its suburbs, to attend Urban SCRUBS Camp. Scholarships were provided by UCare, NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center and the Minnesota Urban AHEC.

Urban SCRUBS Camp was presented by HealthForce Minnesota, Augsburg College, Cedar Riverside Partnership, Fairview Health Systems, Minnesota Urban AHEC, the University of Minnesota and its Health Careers Center.

Central MN AHEC Social Hub

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Central MN AHEC has launched a versatile social hub at http://cmnahec.com/.

The site links students, health care professionals, and other stakeholders to the latest events, news and information pertaining to Central MN AHEC and their mission.

Visit the site to follow the Central MN AHEC blog, follow them on Twitter, or join them on Facebook.


Also watch for more to come from other regions in the Minnesota AHEC Network.

MN AHEC Partcipates in Day 1 at University of Minnesota

MN AHEC staff were able to take part in the Day 1 events that launched the new 1Health initiative for new health professions students. The event took place September 17th at the Northrup Auditorium at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

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Central MN AHEC Executive Director Laurissa Stigen, medical student and recent RPAP student Mark Vukonich, and Central MN AHEC Regional Specialist Lori Larson at the Day 1 event.

Day 1 launches the first phase of the 1Health interprofessional education initiative at the Academic Health Center.

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National Health Service Corps Releases New Website

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The National Health Service Corps has released a new website to be used to for accessing information on news, events and opportunities.

A partner of MN AHEC, the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), through scholarship and loan repayment programs, helps Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in the U.S. get the medical, dental, and mental health providers they need to meet their tremendous need for health care.

Southern MN AHEC Featured in The Land: Southern Minnesota Edition

Steve Moburg, Interim Director of Southern MN AHEC, was interviewed in an article on rural health care workforce need in the September 3, 2010 issue of The Land: Southern Minnesota Edition

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The article, "Should you (and your kids) consider a medical career?" highlights the need for health care professionals in southern Minnesota. The role of Southern MN AHEC in educating the community about health careers is covered, as well as steps to take to work towards a career in health care.

Northwest MN AHEC partnered with the Pine to Prairie Consortium and RiverView Health, to implement a health careers curriculum designed to expose 8th-10th grade students to numerous careers related to health care.

On August 24th, the first Train the Trainer class was held to introduce five health instructors to the curriculum, including a new simulation mannequin.

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The simulation mannequin allows for hands-on introduction to some of the tools and materials used by various health professionals, as well as the kinds of tasks they perform. The curriculum also provides career information sheets, activities, and directions to accompany the use of some of the pieces of equipment.

The curriculum and the equipment will travel around to schools in northwest Minnesota. The instructors are encouraged to invite health care professionals into the classroom to assist with the presentations. Plans are in place to train 3 more trainers in December.

The equipment and the curriculum design were made possible by the Health Careers Promotions Grant from the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Education. Contributions were also made by several hospitals and post-secondary education institutions across the region.

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