State Senator Jeremy Miller (R-Winona) has been appointed to the Blue Ribbon Committee, established to enhance the national prominence of the University of Minnesota Medical School. The committee will advise the Governor and Legislature on strategies and state investments to ensure the state’s preeminent medical school is a national leader in medical training, research and innovation.
“I am honored to have been appointed to the Blue Ribbon Committee,” said Miller. “We have a tremendous opportunity in front of us to be a prominent leader in the areas of medical research, technology, initiatives and healthcare that will produce the next generation of highly skilled health care workers in our state,” continued Miller.
More than 70 percent of Minnesota’s physicians have taken classes or earned their medical degrees from the University of Minnesota’s Medical School. The Medical School provides training to 1,200 primary care and specialty residents and provides continuing education courses to 10,000 physicians each year.
The Blue Ribbon Committee members are made up of University leaders, health system and other private sector leaders, legislators, state officials, health professional associations and patient representatives. Specifically, the committee is charged with providing a report with policy and budget recommendations to be considered during the 2015 legislative session. These recommendations will be focused on four main goals; National Prominence, Nation-Leading Research and Innovation, Excellence in Clinical Service and Meeting the Health Care needs of a Changing Minnesota.
“The University of Minnesota Medical School plays a critical role in our state’s ability to provide broad, high-quality healthcare to our citizens, we need to improve upon this excellence by investing in the research and innovation that will continue to move Minnesota’s healthcare system forward.”