Duluth Campus

Our mission

The mission of the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus is to be a national leader in improving healthcare access and outcomes in rural Minnesota and American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. 
 
We do this by:
  • Educating medical students dedicated to serving rural Minnesota and American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. 
  • Fostering excellence in research.
  • Emphasizing the training of physicians in Family Medicine.
  • Creating strong partnerships locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
  • Working in innovative, interdisciplinary and inter-professional teams.

 
The University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus was founded in 1972 to serve the needs of rural Minnesota and Native American communities. As a mission-based campus, we are proven leaders in the areas of primary care, rural medicine, and training Native American physicians.

  • #3 in rural medicine (2017 U.S. News & World Report)
  • #7 in primary care (2017 U.S. News & World Report)
  • 44% of our alumni practicing in communities with populations under 25,000
  • Graduated the second largest number of American Indian physicians

Education

We admit a small class of 60 students each year. Through standard coursework and specialized one-on-one clinical teaching experiences, our students are trained to deliver expert care for rural and Native American communities. After two years in Duluth, our students have a variety of options for completing their medical education, including the Rural Physician Associate Program or clerkships in Duluth, Minneapolis, or St. Paul.

Faculty

There are three main departments on the Duluth campus and over 130 faculty members. Our clinical faculty can be found throughout the state, and our on-campus faculty work primarily to educate undergraduate medical students and conduct research. Our faculty is supportive and tight-knit. We often interact with the Twin Cities campus remotely to continue engagement with the school's overall mission and goals, but we also work to nurture our students and remain leaders in our core mission areas.

Research

Our research often relates to our mission, and connects with the broader Medical School research objectives. We study population health and ways to improve the lifespan and quality of life in Native American communities. We study Lyme disease, rural mental health, and cancer cell behavior. We work closely with the Duluth Global Health Research Institute to facilitate our clinical and academic work, and to improve access to medical science discovery on a broader scale.

Campus life

Hassle is a word we don't really hear up in Duluth. Getting to campus couldn't be easier, with plenty of parking and housing options across the street. Our faculty and staff are more than approachable, they're friends and allies to the students who come here. The city is vibrant and fun, with a lot of history and some truly amazing food. The beauty of the North Shore can't be beat, and for anyone who loves the outdoors, there's plenty to see and do near Duluth.

Leadership

Leadership

Paula Termuhlen, MD
Regional Campus Dean
ptermuhl@d.umn.edu
218-726-7572

Assistant/Associate Deans

Raymond G. Christensen, MD
Associate Dean for Rural Health
rchriste@d.umn.edu
218-726-7318

Alan M. Johns, MD, MEd
Associate Dean for Curriculum, Medical Education and Technology
ajohns1@d.umn.edu
218-726-8874

Robin L. Michaels, PhD
Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions
rmichael@d.umn.edu
218-726-8872

Cathy McCarty, Ph.D., MPH
Associate Dean for Research
cathy@d.umn.edu
218-726-6351

Directors

Jim Keith, M.S., PMP
Admin Center Director
jkeith@d.umn.edu
218-726-7573

Heather Heart, M.S.
Development/External Affairs Director
hcheart@umn.edu
218-726-6876

Lester Drewes, Ph.D.
Director, Academic Health Center, Duluth
ldrewes@d.umn.edu
218-726-7925

Terri Rose-Hellekant, Ph.D., D.V.M.
Director, Animal Services
trosehel@d.umn.edu
218-726-6621

Mustafa al'Absi, Ph.D.
Director, Duluth Global Health Research Institute
malabsi@d.umn.edu
218-726-8332

Mary Owen, M.D.
Director, Center for American Indian and Minority Health
mjowen@d.umn.edu
218-726-6282

Departments

Centers and institutes

Centers and institutes

Mary Owen, MD
Director
mjowen@d.umn.edu
218-726-7235

Director, Duluth Global Health Research Institute
218-726-8332

Donor relations

Donor relations

Heather Heart
Director of Development—Medical School Duluth campus
hcheart@umn.edu
218-726-6876

Faculty and staff resources

 Dean Paula Termuhlen, M.D.

Regional Campus Dean
Paula Termuhlen, MD

Note from the dean

In addition to our faculty and staff of 130, some 300 Minnesota physicians teach our students on campus in Duluth or in hospitals and clinics around the state. Our faculty members include research scientists investigating important medical questions related to the health of rural and Native American communities.

Welcome to a team focused on the health of people in Greater Minnesota and Native American communities.

Paula Termuhlen, MD
Regional Campus Dean