MinnesotaFutura Conference: Takeaways

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MinnesotaFutura is a community of educators from HealthPartnersHennepin County Medical Center and Mayo Clinic working together to develop a new architecture for the medical education of the future. On August 17, the community came together at Regions Hospital for the Digital Health Professions Education 2.0 Consume, Create and Curate Conference. The key objective was to have attendees reflect on their current personal learning network and be intentional and directional in their future personal learning network after the conference.

Speakers, conveners, and contributors included educators and clinicians with experience in navigating digital resources. The conference consisted of three-panel discussions that focused on how to consume, curate and create open medical education.

Image credit: Theresa Malin  @tmalinMLS

Panel 1: Consume – Best Practices For the Use of Social Digital Education

The Consume panel discussed responsibilities of digital learners and ideas for building and managing a personal learning network on social media. The discussion also focused on some practical techniques to avoid feeling overwhelmed by the amount of information that is available.

Panel 2: Curate – How to Manage and Distribute Knowledge

The Curate panel discussed ideas about organizing and filtering the information that is available to digital learners. Discussions also involved some techniques and best practices for critically assessing the quality of digital content in the absence of a traditional built-in review process.

Panel 3: Create – Why and How to Create Open Medical Knowledge

Panelists discussed the personal and shared experience of being creators of digital information. They discussed tips on managing resources, time commitments, and inspiration for starting their own resources that contribute to the larger community of FOAM.

Image credit: Theresa Malin  @tmalinMLS

Keynote: KnowMad Society

Keynote speaker and founder of Knowmad Society, John Moravec contributed to the discussion by providing a perspective from outside medical education.

Information about each panelist and future event updates are available at the MinnesotaFutura website.

Live stream of the event is available to watch here:


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Key ideas that helped facilitate the discussions:


FOAMed Resources: How to Consume, Curate and Create

Resources for learners and educators to engage in digital health professional education can include tools and strategies that maximize the power of FOAMed – Free Open Access Medical Education. Mike Paddock, MD shares some online resources that are easy to navigate in this video.

How do you consume, curate and create FOAMed? Share in the comments.

Future of Medical Education: What is FOAMed?

The Office of Health Professional Education is working together with a community of clinical educators in Minnesota, who will join forces and develop a new architecture for the medical education of the future. The first Digital Health Professions Education 2.0 Consume, Create and Curate conference will be held on Aug. 17, at the Regions Hospital Auditorium.

So what does medical education of the future look like? Where does one get started? What is digital health professions education?

We would like to contribute to the discussion by starting a conversation about FOAMed. Mike Paddock, a panelist at the upcoming conference introduces FOAMed in the video below:


[People] Welcome, 2017-2019 Medical Toxicology Fellows!

The Office of Health Professional Education is excited to welcome the 2017-2019 fellows who will join our Medical Toxicology fellowship program based at Regions Hospital. The program is a collaborative effort between HealthPartners Institute and Regions Hospital, Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), and the Hennepin Regional Poison Center (HRPC). The program has been accredited by the ACGME since 2005 and received a 5-year accreditation in 2008.


[People] Meet the Matches – Foot and Ankle Surgery Residency

The Office of Health Professional Education is excited to announce 2017 matches for the HealthPartners Institute / Foot and Ankle Surgery Residency program. The program is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME) and sponsors a Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency with Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery (PMSR/RRA). The three-year program accepts two residents per year and provides them with hands-on experience in all aspects of foot and ankle medicine and surgery.


[People] Welcome – 2017 Regions Hospital Hand Surgery Fellows!

The Office of Health Professional Education is excited to announce 2017 Regions Hospital Hand Surgery fellows for the MN Hand Surgery Fellowship program. The program is affiliated with the University of Minnesota and uses the physical facilities of Fairview-University Hospital, Regions Hospital, Gillette Children’s Hospital, and Hennepin County Medical Center. 


[People] Community Programs Come Together for Advocacy Day 2017

EM1HealthPartners CEO Mary Brainerd attending the 2017 Advocacy Day Conference at the Minnesota State Capitol last month

The emergency medicine residency programs at Regions Hospital and Hennepin County Medical Center partnered for the 2017 Emergency Medicine Residency Advocacy Day on March 23 at the Minnesota State Office Building.

The event was attended by emergency medicine residents and faculty from Regions Hospital and Hennepin County Medical Center, University of Minnesota medical students, HealthPartners leaders, and lawmakers. Drew Zinkel, MD, and Felix Ankel, MD, introduced students and residents to advocacy leaders and emphasized the importance of advocacy.

Mary Brainerd, President and CEO of HealthPartners spoke to the residents about HealthPartners’ patient-centered priorities and how our mission, vision, and values guide policy and agenda.  She provided an update on current initiatives that are HealthPartners’ priorities in the legislature and also emphasized on the need for involvement from healthcare professionals in public policy.

Advocacy day was started in 2008, to educate and inform emergency medicine residents about policy and legislation that affect both patients and medical professionals. It has served as an opportunity for residents to learn about advocacy and to share ideas directly with lawmakers.

Senators Scott Jensen, MD (R) and Matt Klein, MD (DFL), both first term senators with a special interest in health care reform, shared their experience of being policymakers as well as medical professionals.  Senator Jensen has a BA and MD from the University of Minnesota and MBA from the University of St. Thomas. He’s the founder of the Catalyst Medical Clinic in Watertown, MN and serves as Vice Chair of the Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee and member of the Higher Education Finance and Policy, Human Services Reform Finance and Policy, and Transportation Finance and Policy Committees. Senator Klein has a BS from the University of Wisconsin, MD from Mayo Medical School and completed his residency at HCMC. Senator Klein is a hospitalist at Hennepin County Medical Center and also serves on the Capital Investment, Health and Human Services Finance and Policy and Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committees.

Ramnik Dhaliwal, MD, Hennepin County Medical Center, presented an update from American College of Emergency Physicians Leadership and Advocacy Conference in Washington, DC. The presentation informed residents about the current state of policy at national and state level, as well as policy changes and how they affect emergency medicine residents and patients.

Members of the HealthPartners Government Relations team provided additional insight and updates from the legislature for the residents. Following the session, residents had an opportunity for a one on one session with their choice of legislators.

The event was made possible in part by the Mark Bernas Endowment and Regions Hospital Foundation.