U of M Mini Medical School COVID-19: The Way Forward
Long COVID
https://minimedicalschool.umn.edu/
March 1, 2021

We are just beginning to discover and learn about the long-term impacts of surviving COVID-19. During session 3 of the University of Minnesota’s Mini Medical School: Long COVID, we’ll explore questions around long-term symptoms living with COVID-19 after the initial (acute) infection. During this session, you hear from researchers exploring long-term questions around COVID-19 and what the implications are for our collective future.

Speakers:
Melissa Behl BSN, RN, PHN, CCM
Melissa Behl BSN, RN, PHN, CCM, Supervisor RN Care Coordination, has been a registered nurse for over 17 years. She has professional experience in both inpatient and ambulatory care settings. In the hospital setting, Behl was on an acute/medical surgical unit with an intermediate level respiratory care for several years. In the ambulatory setting, she worked as the lead RN at a Fairview Clinic in areas of triage, anticoagulation, hypertension clinic and urology. She was also a home care case manager prior to finding her niche in nursing as a clinic care coordinator. Her passion in nursing is to help patients and caregivers identify barriers, provide education and resources to achieve their optimum state of overall wellbeing.

Jayne Fulkerson, PhD
Jayne Fulkerson, PhD, professor, Child Family Health Cooperative, Director, Center for Child and Family Health Promotion Research, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota.

Michael Kasprzak, DO
Michael Kasprzak, DO, is an assistant professor for the department of rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He is board certified in brain injury medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation. He is currently the program lead for the concussion clinic neurosciences service line. Additionally, he has been caring for COVID-19 recovery patients at the Fairview Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit as well as helping at the new post covid outpatient clinic.

Tanya Melnik, MD
Tanya Melnik, MD, is an assistant professor in the department of medicine at the University of Minnesota. She earned her M.D. from the University of Minnesota Medical School. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of Minnesota as well. Her main clinical interests are general internal medicine, women’s health and complicated pregnancies.

Douglas Whiteside, PHD, ABPP/CN
Douglas Whiteside, PhD, ABPP/CN, is a professor of rehabilitation medicine at the University of Minnesota and the training director for the Clinical Neuropsychology Residency Program. He is actively involved in clinical neuropsychological practice, teaching, research, and community service. His research interests focus primarily on performance validity tests, personality assessment measures in neuropsychological assessment, and long term cognitive and emotional outcomes of COVID-19 infection. He is a member of the editorial board for The Clinical Neuropsychologist and has served as a peer reviewer for several neuropsychological and psychological journals. He is currently president of the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPCN), an international organization for neuropsychology postdoctoral programs.

Moderator:
Carolyn Porta, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN
Carolyn Porta, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, is the associate vice president for clinical affairs for the University of Minnesota. She is a professor in the School of Nursing, and an adjunct professor in the School of Public Health and the Center for Spirituality and Healing. Dr. Porta is a forensic clinician and prevention scientist committed to improving the health and well-being of vulnerable individuals, families, and communities in Minnesota and around the globe. She has decades of experience in clinical service, team science, and interprofessional education, including strategic and operational leadership of large-scale multisectoral global initiatives addressing emerging infectious disease threats, gender-based violence, stigma, and faculty and health care workforce development.

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