Education Day: Celebrating Excellence in VA Education - Minneapolis VA Health Care System
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Education Day: Celebrating Excellence in VA Education

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Minneapolis VA Medical Center Auditorium | October 10, 2019 | Noon

Excellence in Education Awards, Keynote and Workshop

 Bill Doherty - Keynote

"Harassment of staff in a #metoo world: Why it hurts all of us"

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. CT, medical center auditorium

William J. Doherty is an educator, researcher, therapist, speaker, author, consultant, and community organizer. He is a co-founder of Better Angels, a national citizens’ movement bringing people together to understand each other beyond stereotypes and teaching practical skills for communicating across political differences.

Doherty is Professor and Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program in the Department of Family Social Science, College of Education and Human Development, at the University of Minnesota, where he is also an adjunct Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.

Dr. Kaz Nelson - Workshop

"Beyond 'Minnesota nice': How to deal with people who are difficult for you, using the Minnesota Arc"

1:30 – 3:00 p.m. CT, medical center auditorium, RSVP Required

Dr. Kaz Nelson is a leader, researcher, educator and host of the podcast "The Mind Deconstructed". Dr. Nelson is driven in her mission to increase knowledge and understanding for those living with mental illness and their loved ones.

Dr. Nelson is an American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology certified Psychiatrist and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Nelson is the 2018 Minnesota Psychiatric Society Psychiatrist of the Year and designated a National Alliance on Mental Illness Minnesota Exemplary Psychiatrist.

Workshop Focus: This workshop will engage participants to develop more advanced skills in engaging effectively with people sometimes deemed as "difficult" and develop strategies for building effective relationships. Participants will be able to describe the neuroscience underlying "difficult" interpersonal interactions; describe the Minnesota Arc and its three major components; apply the Minnesota Arc as a tool to improve interpersonal interactions; and learn how to build rapport with people using practical and tangible concepts.

Brought to you by the Minneapolis VA Education Service Line.
"To empower our VA community to provide evidence-based, innovative healthcare and promote lifelong learning and wellbeing for all." 

One Veterans Dr., Minneapolis, MN 55417

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Excellence in Education Awards

Award Descriptions | Awards Winners

Award Descriptions

Excellence in Education awards are presented by the Education Service Line annually to honor outstanding VA staff that exemplify the VA’s commitment to teaching and learning inside and outside of the classroom setting. Nominees are eligible from all Minneapolis MVAHCS sites – including VA Community Clinics. Award recipients will receive a $1,000 education grant for professional development and an award certificate. Awards will be announced and honored at Minneapolis VA Education Day on October 10, 2019. The three awards include:

  1. Veteran-Centric Health Education Award: Advancing education about Veteran-centric wellness and health, including innovative approaches to patient education.
  2. Academic Collaboration with Affiliate Award: Strengthening the academic affiliation and educational collaborations with training programs at affiliated institutions with an emphasis on quality of care.
  3. Interprofessional, Team-Based Learning Award: Promoting interprofessional education and creating better ways of developing health care teams in a collaborative learning environment.

2018 Award Winners

Sarah Brady - Veteran-Centric Health Education Awardee

Sarah Brady (right)"She takes a lead role in our Integrative Health meetings, develops the curriculum and teaches it to the Veterans. She is an excellent role model for health promotion and an advocate for optimal self-care. Sarah is a stellar educator, and is worthy of this award." She was nominated by Tina Barnum, RN, Outpatient Asst. Nurse Manager SCID


Dr. Brionn Tonkin - Academic Collaboration with Affiliate Awardee

Dr. Brionn Tonkin (right)"Dr. Tonkin embodies the meaning of the word 'physician.' He is an educator, mentor, colleague, and role-model for the resident physicians. He is the kind of doctor I would choose for all of my loved-ones." He was nominated by Alexander Senk, MD, Medical Director of PM&R Sports Medicine.


Dr. Peter Weissmann  - Interprofessional, Team-Based Learning Awardee

Dr. Peter Weissmann (right)"His philosophy is relationship-centered, and I see him cultivating meaningful connections (including curiosity, reflective listening, humor and sharing backgrounds), and this makes other professionals and colleagues feel appreciated and respected."