Faculty Advisors - Years 1 and 2, Duluth Campus

The aims of the Faculty Advisor program are to:

  • build long term relationships among students and faculty
  • identify students' needs for academic, personal and career development as physicians and connect students to useful resources
  • promote professional formation throughout medical school

Learning Communities

At the University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth campus, students are members of five Learning Communities consisting of ten students and two Faculty Advisors. Within each community, students develop relationships that are supportive and longitudinal. 

Faculty Advisors

Five clinical faculty members have been hand picked for their dedication to students' success and their outstanding abilities to advise medical trainees on the road to becoming a doctor.  Additionally, there arefive basic science professors who share the responsibility of mentoring the students during years 1 and 2 on the Duluth campus. The Faculty Advisors work collaboratively to foster community, leadership, professionalism, well-being and the sharing of knowledge in order to develop more intellectually, socially, physically and emotionally prepared physicians.

Ruth Westra

Robin Michaels, PhD
Chair of Duluth Faculty Advisor Program,
Associate Dean of Student Affairs & Admissions

Faculty Advisors for Duluth Students in Years 1 and 2
Learning Community 1

Raymond Christensen, MD
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Learning Community 2

Jennifer Pearson, MD
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Learning Community 3

Ruth Westra, DO, MPH
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Learning Community 4

Emily Onello
Emily Onello, MD

Learning Community 5

Ruth Westra

Robin Michaels, PhD

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