[MMA News Now, Aug. 7, 2014] Five MMA members have been named to a Blue Ribbon Committee tasked with advising Gov. Mark Dayton and the 2015 Legislature on strategies and state investments to ensure the state’s preeminent medical school is a national leader in medical training, research and innovation.
The members include: Kathleen Brooks, M.D., director of the Rural Physician Associate Program at the University of Minnesota Medical School; Jay Brooks Jackson, M.D., dean of the medical school and vice president for health sciences; Cindy Firkins Smith, M.D., MMA president, dermatologist and U of M faculty member; Richard Migliori, M.D., chief medical officer at UnitedHealth Group; and Jon Pryor, M.D., CEO, Hennepin County Medical Center.
“The future health of Minnesotans depends on what we do now to train the next generation of medical professionals in our state,” said Gov. Dayton. “Today’s medical students will become the doctors who will care for our families, and the research professionals who will develop life-saving innovations in medical technology in the years to come.”
According to the governor’s office, more than 70 percent of Minnesota’s physicians have taken classes or earned their medical degrees from the University of Minnesota’s Medical School. The school provides training to 1,200 primary care and specialty residents, and provides continuing education courses to 10,000 physicians each year – making the school a major asset to the continued improvement of Minnesota’s health care system.
Dayton has charged the committee to provide a report with specific policy and budget recommendations to be considered during the 2015 legislative session. Those recommendations will be focused on the following goals:
– Ensuring the medical school’s national preeminence by retaining and attracting world class faculty, staff, students and residents.
Nation-Leading Research and Innovation
– Sustaining the university’s national leadership in health research, care innovation, and health care delivery, capitalizing on the state’s investments in biomedical research and ground-breaking discoveries.
Excellence in Clinical Services
– Expanding the university’s clinical services to strengthen its ability to serve as a statewide health care resource for providers and patients, as a training site for health professional students and residents, as a site for cutting-edge clinical research, and as a source of critical funding for the medical school and health sciences.
Meeting the Health Care Needs of a Changing Minnesota – Addressing the state’s health workforce needs so as to serve Minnesota’s broad continuum of health care needs, including primary care, a growing aging population, and increased chronic health needs.