Michael Hyoung-son Kim, M.D., named Twin Cities' assistant dean for student affairs

Sarah Hansen
December 18, 2014

Photo courtesy Michael Kim

The Office of Undergraduate Medical Education has developed a new role to support Twin Cities and Duluth year 3-4 medical students. The assistant dean for student affairs will support medical student learning, professional development, and career planning. This role will centralize many of the duties that help students meet their goals.

Michael Hyoung-son Kim, M.D., current faculty member in Medicine’s Division of General Internal Medicine and Pediatrics’ Division of Hospital Medicine, will be the first person to serve as assistant dean for student affairs.

After graduating from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in 1990, Kim stayed at the University for medical school, where he was able to continue his research in microbiology. He went on to become our school’s first hospitalist to split time between medicine and pediatrics. Inspired by his parents, who were lifelong academics, and given his long history with the University of Minnesota, where he was also a resident, he’s particularly excited to charge this important role for our medical students’ education.

“When you have a big group that goes from years 1-4 all together, they help each other out a lot and can give each other information,” says Kim. “But for the rest who take extra time to do research, away rotations, or simply struggle early on – it’s good to have a guide to help get you back on track.”

As the Twin Cities’ assistant dean for student affairs, Kim’s role will compliment and work in tandem with Robin Michaels, Ph.D., who serves as the associate dean of student affairs and admissions in Duluth. Some of Kim’s duties will include overseeing milestone events for students, such as Match Day and graduation, supporting students directly or by referral from faculty advisors, aiding Duluth students with their transition to year 3, and assisting with general student wellbeing.

Kim explains: “We are concerned with producing students who are not only smart, but well-rounded individuals and team-players who can also operate as leaders and communicators within a team. We’re looking to develop physicians who are more productive in general, so having someone in this role helps fulfill this mission.”

Kim will begin in this new role on January 21, 2015. He will continue his work as a hospitalist and educator at 25% appointment, and as assistant dean for student affairs at 75% appointment.

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