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Therese Zink, MD, MPH

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Global Family Medicine Pathway, Director
Rural Physician Associate Program


Family violence, sexual assault, women’s health, rural health care delivery and education, international health, creative writing, medical professionalism


MD, Ohio State University
MPH, University of Minnesota
St. Paul Ramsey Medical Center Family Medicine Residency (now Regions)

Bio Summary

Zink directs the Global Family Medicine Pathway, drawing from years of international medical experience in Chechnya and Ingushetia, Brazil, and Central America. She has written numerous award-winning stories on doctoring. Recently, she published Confessions of a Sin Eater: A Doctor's Reflections and edited the anthologies The Country Doctor Revisited: A Twenty-First Century Reader and Becoming a Doctor: Reflections by Minnesota Medical Students. Zink also serves as faculty of the Rural Physician Associate Program and teaches residents.

Contact Information

717 Delaware St SE, Ste. 454
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Current Grants

2010-15, NIH Institute of Nursing Research, co-investigator, “Injury from Sexual Assault: Addressing Health Disparity in Latina Women”

Recent Publications

Zink T. Confessions of a Sin Eater: A Doctor's Reflections. Minneapolis, MN: Therese Zink; 2012.

Brooks KD, Eley DS, Pratt R, Zink T. Management of professional boundaries in rural practice. Academic Medicine. 2012;87(8):1091-1095. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e31825ccbc8.

Sommers MS, Brown KM, Buschur C, Everett JS, Fargo JD, Fisher BS, Hinkle C, Zink T. Injuries from intimate partner and sexual violence: Significance and classification systems. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 2012;19(5):250-63. doi: 10.1016/j.jflm.2012.02.014.

Longenecker R, Zink T, Florence J. Teaching and learning resilience: Building adaptive capacity for rural practice. A report and subsequent analysis of a workshop conducted at the Rural Medical Educators Conference, Savannah, Georgia, May 18, 2010. J Rural Health. 2012;28:122-127.

Kralewski JE, Zink T, Boyle R. Factors influencing electronic clinical information exchange in small medical group practices. J Rural Health. 2012;28:28-33.



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