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Medical School-Duluth Features Alumni Authors

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Part of the Literature and Medicine Series by Kent State University Press, 2010. Arne Vaino signs a book for Rick Smith from UMD's American Indian Learning Resource Center.

Four of the authors of The Country Doctor Revisited read their work from the book at the University of Minnesota Medical School at UMD in January, 2011. Two of the authors at the presentation, Arne Vainio and Kathleen Farah, are alumni who started their education at the Duluth medical school.

Arne Vainio, Class of 1994, has practiced on the Fond du Lac Ojibwe Reservation in Cloquet, teaches with the Duluth Family Medicine Residency and works with Duluth medical students. He writes articles for News from Indian Country, a national American Indian newspaper; and his movie, Walking into the Unknown, has appeared in many venues, including public television.

Kathleen Farah, Class of 1982, has practiced family medicine in rural western Wisconsin for more than 23 years.

Ann Floreen Niedringhaus, a registered nurse, holds a master’s degree in social work and was a public health nurse in a federal Maternal and Infant Care Program based in Morgantown, W.Va. She is retired, continues to write, and lives in Duluth with her husband, Dr. Robert Niedringhaus, an oncologist.

Therese Zink, editor and contributor, is a family physician practicing in Zumbrota, Minn. As a professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota, she teaches third-year medical students in the Rural Physician Associate Program and family medicine residents in the Phalen Village/St. John’s Residency Program.

Zink created the book as an opportunity to attract students to rural health professions and to educate policymakers and the public about rural health care today.

Written by rural health-care professionals, this collection of 44 stories, poems and essays, paints a new picture of rural health care in the United States. “This event was a great celebration of rural health,” Zink said. She also made a contribution to the scholarship for Duluth medical students that evening.

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(L to R) Arne Vainio, MD, Ann Floreen Niedringhaus, RN, Kathleen Farah, MD, and Therese Zink, MD.
Kathleen Farah reads.
Submitted by Michelle Juntunen, University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus. Photography by Ivy Vainio.

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