Essentia Health provided more than 415,000 hours of clinical education to students during the past fiscal year. It didn’t happen by magic.
Hundreds of physicians, pharmacists, advanced practitioners, therapists, nurses and other care team members across our health system share their time as teachers and coaches to health care’s next generation.
A huge thank you to these clinical education specialists who help coordinate learning experiences for students across our health system:
- Central Region: Bonnie Garding
- East Region: Peggy Carlson, Corie Cloutier, Christie Erickson, Christina Marshall and Joann Tingum
- West Region: Trish Wetzel
“Their efforts help develop the workforce we need to care for the people we serve in our communities today and into the future,” says Kate Dean, director of education at the Essentia Institute of Rural Health.
We live our health system’s values when we nurture the next generation of healthcare professionals. We also fulfill one of our strategic goals – to be the Best Place to Work.
Physicians and staff across our regions are making a difference to students. Here, we highlight some educational leaders:
- Nurse Practitioner Gail Seeker, who sees patients at the St. Joseph’s-Emily Clinic, didn’t just offer to teach a nurse practitioner student. She offered to let the student – a complete stranger – stay in her downstairs bedroom during the rotation for free.
- Family Nurse Practitioner Penni Weston, who sees patients at Fargo’s South University Clinic, and Detroit Lakes Nurse Practitioner Clarissa Dumdei have earned praise for their work with students seeking experience in geriatric care.
- At the West Duluth Clinic, students of Physical Therapist Kris Kerr “rave about how much they have learned and how much more comfortable they are after working with her,” a colleague says. Being a preceptor – a teacher – takes a lot of time, and she takes on students while maintaining a full patient-care load.
patients that we will be “here with you” can be challenging when it comes to
rural obstetrics services. Physician retirements were leaving many smaller
communities without access to cesarean sections and other obstetrics care.
Dr. Kelsey Redland joined Essentia in July. She received her medical
degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis. She
just completed a residency at the Duluth Family Medicine Residency program.
Dr. Caitlin Hill will join Essentia in October. She received her
medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis
and is completing a residency at the University of Wisconsin Family Medicine
program in Baraboo, Wis.
2008, we have worked to address this shortage through the Essentia
Health Obstetric Fellowship Program. The one-year
fellowship provides Family Medicine physicians six months of managing
high-risk obstetric cases and Cesarean cases as well as additional training to
develop their skills. This includes rotations through emergency services,
intensive care, pediatrics and neonatal intensive care to ensure the physician
can manage a full range of OB care on their own.
six fellowship graduates are all currently providing obstetrics and cesarean
services in rural communities. The seventh fellow, who graduates this year,
plans to enter rural practice as well.
Starting this year, Essentia is accepting two fellows to its
12-month program, which is one of fewer than 40 OB fellowships in the U.S.
The fellowship expands just as its founder, Dr. James Koberstein, turns
the role of program director over to Dr. Mark Widstrom.
Essentia Health’s annual STEMI Workshop next month at Barker’s Island Inn in Superior will cover a variety of topics, including emergency cardiac care, electrocardiogram training and the STEMI patient experience.
STEMI stands for ST-segment eleation myocardial infarction, the most severe form of heart attack. The workshop Friday, Sept. 9, is for physicians, advanced practitioners, nurses, emergency department care teams and emergency medical services personnel.
"Paramedics and emergency medical technicians are often the first medical personnel to care for STEMI patients, and this workshop helps to educate them to better recognize STEMI on electrocardiogram machines and ensure the best and fastest treatments," says Richard Mullvain, cardiovascular clinical pharmacist at the Essentia Health Heart & Vascular Center in Duluth and STEMI Program manager. Mullvain will be leading or co-leading four workshop sessions.
The workshop will run from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will focus on the latest in STEMI research, care guidelines and protocols and optimizing technology. It will also include the stories of care teams and patients. The workshop is approved for continuing medical education credits.
"By bringing together all of the partners in STEMI care in one setting, each can learn more about the roles of others and new ways to work together more efficiently," Mullvain says.
Click here to register for the workshop. The early-bird registration cost is $40, which includes materials and meals. Registration after Sept. 2 is $50. Scholarships are available. If you are interested, contact Krysta Kaas at Krysta.Kaas@EssentiaHealth.org.
Click on the PDF below for the conference brochure. For more information, contact Essentia’s Continuing Medical Education team at (218) 786-4764 or CMEOffice3@EssentiaHealth.org.
Most of the clinical trials conducted by the Essentia Institute of Rural Health study various treatments for diseases – few clinical trials have the opportunity to study the prevention of one.
A new three-year clinical trial in the East Region by the EIRH, called “StopRA,” will study whether the medication hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), given to people at high risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis, can prevent them from getting the disease. HCQ is not a new drug; it is widely used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and malaria.
To participate in StopRA
The StopRA clinical trial is now open for enrollment. For information on how to participate in the study, contact Robert Shultz at (218) 786-4126 or RShultz@EIRH.org or Kristina Ankrum at (218) 786-1220 or Kristina.Ankrum@EssentiaHealth.org.
The EIRH is one of 20 sites throughout the nation participating in the study, which is being sponsored by the National Institutes of Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
“We are seeking individuals for the study who don’t have rheumatoid arthritis, who aren’t symptomatic with it, but who have a high risk of developing it,” says Robert Shultz, an EIRH Clinical Trials nurse.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is one of the most severe forms of arthritis. It is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the joints, leading to inflammation, pain and loss of joint function.
A blood test called anti-CCP (cyclic citrullinated peptide) can determine whether a person is at a higher risk for developing RA. CCP is an autoantibody, which is a type of protein in the blood that acts against other proteins. An elevated level of CCP – more than 40 units – means a person has a 50 percent chance of developing RA within three years, Shultz says.
Stephen Waring, a senior research scientist at the Essentia Institute of Rural Health, recently was elected chairman of the Governing Board of the Health Care Systems Research Network.The HCSRN connects the research departments of healthcare systems around the nation and, collectively, represents more than 1,900 scientists and research staff. It's mission is to "improve individual and population heatlh through research that connects the resources and capabilities of learning health care systems," according to its website. Chairman of the board is a two-year position; Waring will start in January.
When folks think about trauma, they mostly likely think about accidents, ambulances and Emergency Departments. But – just as there is cancer research – there is trauma research. And the Essentia Institute of Rural Health will shine a light on its trauma research this month.
Essentia employees and the general public will have the opportunity to learn about the innovative research that is improving trauma care in the communities that Essentia Health serves at the EIRH’s Learn4Life program from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at Clyde Iron Works, 2920 W. Michigan St., Duluth.
“We’re eager for the public to learn about our trauma research and how it impacts medical care and prevention efforts,” explains EIRH Research Specialist Theo Woehrle.
Nationally, Woehrle notes there is a traumatic event every four seconds and someone dies from trauma every three minutes. Trauma can be anything from a fall to injuries, such as a blow to the head. Trauma is the number one cause of death in those ages one through 44, accounting for 47 percent of deaths nationally.
“We focus on improving trauma care and prevention, and that’s where our research comes in,” Woehrle says. “The more we know about traumatic brain injuries, for example, the more we can affect policies and improve care for sports-related injuries like concussions.”
This month’s event will give research experts and the public the opportunity to have a two-way discussion about the research occurring within our health system. Researchers will be on hand to discuss their work and present research posters. Among them:
- Research Scientist Catherine McCarty, Ph.D., and Woehrle will present on “What is a Level 1 Trauma Center?”
- Research Scientist Stephen Waring, DMV, Ph.D., and Research Specialist Allise Taran will highlight a major system-wide falls study – STRIDE, which stands for STrategies to Reduce Injuries and Develop confidence in Elders.
- St. Mary’s Trauma Program Manager Linda Vogel will present on alcohol screenings and interventions for Traumatic Brain Injury patients.
- Research Scientist Patricia Conway, Ph.D.,and Miller-Dwan Rehabilitation Services Program Manager Sheila Davidson will speak about rehabilitation outcomes for Traumatic Brain Injury patients.
- Registered Nurse Janet Tomaino, who has a doctorate of nursing practice, and Conway will highlight a project called Healing Touch, which uses an energy-based therapy to support physical, emotional, mental and spiritual healing.
The program includes a keynote presentation by Dr. Greg Beilman, who will discuss how civilian pre-hospital care is being improved through research into advances in military combat medicine. Tomaino also will present on the impact of integrative therapies in the clinical setting.
If you plan to attend the event, you'll need to reserve a spot. Go to www.essentiainstitute.org/rsvp or email email@example.com. Questions? Call (218) 576-0709.
The program is sponsored by Essentia Health and EIRH, with support from the Essentia Health Foundation.