Shannon Benson is the Student Coordinator for the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility. She has been the Program Coordinator for the Global Medical Education and Research (GMER) program since 2005 working to prepare and send 4th year medical students abroad for a global health experience prior to graduation as well as place incoming visiting students here at the University of Minnesota. Her passion is working with students across the health science schools. She has worked with the Global Health Case Competition since its first year in 2013 and is the staff contact for the center's student group, the Global Health Student Advisory Board (GHSAB).
Shannon spent 10 years at Hennepin County Medical Center supporting faculty in the Department of Medicine, specifically Dr. Phil Peterson, Founding Director of GMER and Former Director of the Division of Infectious Disease and International Medicine. This position fueled her passion for student interaction and interest in global health opportunities for students.
Shannon lives in Stillwater, has a blended family of 5 kids, 1 crazy cat and 1 spoiled dog.