Faculty Feature: Hope Pogemiller

Hope Pogemiller, MD

Hope Pogemiller, MD MPH is an internal medicine/pediatrics hospitalist, Assistant Professor, and Global Health Faculty in the University of Minnesota's Department of Medicine. She served as a public health Peace Corps Volunteer in Bénin (West Africa) for 2 1/2 yrs and has continued her interest in cross-cultural healthcare in Minneapolis and abroad. During medical school she visited Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda and worked with La Cruz Roja in San Miguel de Allende while learning Medical Spanish.  During residency she worked with St. Damien’s Pediatric Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and the International Organization for Migration in Kampala, Uganda. Her work with refugees at the Center for International Health and with IOM Uganda led to the creation of an online medical interpreter training module for refugee settings. She worked at the Selian Hospital and Arusha Lutheran Medical Center in Arusha, Tanzania as a Global Health Chief Resident, and she served as an In-Country Clinical Lead for the trial, "A Multicenter Randomized Safety and Efficacy Study of Putative Investigational Therapeutics in the Treatment of Patients with Known Ebola Infection," in Sierra Leone for 3 months. 

She is UMN PI for the Centers of Excellence (a network for training and epidemiology in refugee health) CDC grant, and has been collaborating with MDH and partners in Minneapolis, Colorado, and Pennsylvania to promote communication among refugee health providers and disseminate best practices through revision and creation of new domestic screening guidelines for newly arrived refugees.  She created and now directs the inpatient component of the BRIIDGE (Bridge to Residency for International Immigrant Doctor Graduate through Clinical Experience) Program with support from a grant from the State of Minnesota. This program prepares IMGs to succeed in residency through 9 months of clinical experience in clinic, hospital, and classroom settings, leading them to primary care careers in rural Minnesota.  The first class of 4 participants graduated in May 2018, and the new class of 6 participants will begin the program in February 2018.  

She is currently working with Kristina Krohn to develop a Global Health Pathway Alumni Network and to help evaluate the Global Health Pathway. She along with Med/Peds resident Hannah Lee are working on a multi-hospital quality improvement project establishing the barriers to effective collaboration with interpreters and creating a targeted intervention, taking into account the strengths and weaknesses of each hospital's interpreter collaboration culture.

Favorite quote: "The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend." Henri Bergson

Favorite travel destination: Doumé, Bénin on 15 August for the annual Festival of Pounded Yams

What the world needs more of: Answered in another quote: "Laughter is the shortest distance between two people." Victor Borge

If you weren't a physician you would be a: superhero with chaos magic reality warping powers, NGO country director, master gardener, community bassoonist, pet shelter owner, rescue scuba diver, marine biologist