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May 27, 2009

Carole Bland award winner announced, faculty recognized at assembly

Elizabeth R. Seaquist, M.D., was honored with the first Carole J. Bland Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, May 26, a highlight of the 2009 Celebration of Faculty and Faculty Assembly. “Carole devoted her entire career to the development of faculty,” said Medical School Dean Deborah E. Powell, M.D.; she showed that mentors are essential. “Betsey exemplifies Carole’s gift for mentoring.” The Minnesota Medical Foundation award was established by Carole Bland’s widower, Dick Bland, and includes funding along with recognition.

Faculty who had been previously recognized at the April 17 Medical School-MMF awards ceremony also were honored, as were 42 faculty promoted to associate or full professor.

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs Roberta Sonnino presented information about the Pulse Survey. Participation rates for the Medical School faculty were lower than the Twin Cities campus mean. Still there was good news: “We seem to like the people we work with.” Responses indicating dissatisfaction with the tenure process should begin a dialogue, said Sonnino. Finally, in these economic straits, she asked, how can we show we value faculty and staff? One faculty member commented on the lack of recognition for weekend work by clinical faculty. “Duly noted,” she said.

David Ingbar, M.D., incoming chair of the Faculty Advisory Council, recognized Carol Lange, Ph.D., for her service as chair over the last year and noted some of next year’s activities for the FAC.

In addition, questions were solicited (but none emerged) on the hard-copy reports from the Education Council, Admissions Committees from both campuses, and Scholastic Standing Committees on both campuses.

May 11, 2009

Graduation 2009 -- St. Pierre's speech

"All of us in this room have now been in school for some 20 years--those who were more ambitious in college, a little less, those with PhDs, a little more," said Stephanie St. Pierre at the 2009 Medical School graduation May 2. "Just think of how many people that ends up being who have taught us along our educational paths—from our first teachers in preschool, to those who inspired us in high school, to a university mentor, to a community physician. By my count, that's between 100 and 200 teachers we’ve had in our lives--those who have helped form who we are, who have fostered our interests, who have helped direct us toward this path of medicine. Through our years in medical school, we have learned immensely from brilliant professors and physicians, from each other, and, of course, from the textbooks; but most of all I think our best learning has come from our patients." For the entire speech, go to:
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