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In the summer of 2007, before he applied to medical school, Elliot Twiggs spent two months as a volunteer in Nairobi, Kenya. He taught biology to high school freshmen and tutored many young boys in the orphanage where he was staying. But it wasn’t all about academics: Twiggs also wowed his pupils with magic tricks—leaving them surprised, delighted, and clamoring for more.
During her lifetime, University of Minnesota, Duluth alumna Lillian Repesh, Ph.D., contributed immensely to the University and community where she got her start. The beloved associate dean for student affairs and admissions at the Medical School, Duluth campus died of pancreatic cancer on August 20.
What could be better than homemade bread in five minutes a day? Homemade pizza!
Jeffrey Hertzberg, M.D., M.S., a resident alumnus in internal medicine and coauthor of the popular bread-baking books Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day and Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day, teamed up again with pastry chef Zoë François on a third book — Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day.
Mark your calendars for this year’s Alumni Celebration, October 4-5, 2012 (new date!). All Medical School alumni are invited to reunite with old friends, celebrate achievements, and learn what’s new at the Medical School. Join us for an alumni awards banquet, a medical education forum, a scholarship luncheon, class reunion receptions and dinners, and more.
While stationed at the Naval Hospital in Pensacola, Fla. in 1962, Jerome Modell, M.D., D.Sc. (Hon.), had a career-changing close call involving a critically ill patient. “A flight surgery student from Japan drowned,” recalls Modell, a 1957 graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School. Although he was able to save the patient’s life, Modell was hampered by a lack of treatment protocols related to drowning. Another complication: “We didn’t have intensive care units back then,” he says. In the years that followed, Modell led efforts to establish one of Florida’s first Intensive Care Units at Jackson Memorial Hospital at the University of Miami, and later became a national expert in resuscitation and drowning.
Kathleen Annette, M.D., Class of ’83, has traveled the country on a winding career path that recently brought her to a brand-new place — and back home again.
On September 1, after 25 years with the Indian Health Service, Annette began her new role as CEO of the Blandin Foundation, based in Grand Rapids, Minn. There she plans to work with the foundation’s board and 26-person staff to accomplish its mission: to strengthen rural Minnesota communities.
She wants to do that in part by examining diversity in the context of race, gender, poverty, and access to education to determine how the foundation can help communities be their healthiest.
Scott Augustine, M.D., has built a career out of being skeptical.
“I question most things,” says Augustine (Class of 1979). “Instead of trying to do what everybody’s always done, what’s a better way of doing this?”
All of that questioning has made Augustine, a self-described “philosophical heretic,” a successful inventor and entrepreneur. Now founder and CEO of Augustine Biomedical + Design, Augustine holds about 150 patents. There’s not enough room in the entry space of his Eden Prairie office building — vaulted ceilings and all — to display the full collection of patent plaques.
Broke your leg? You’ll want to see an orthopaedist, of course. Experiencing cloudy vision? Call your ophthalmologist.
Having trouble sleeping, lost your energy and appetite? Well, you could call a psychiatrist or a psychologist, counselor, social worker, therapist, or even a personal “coach.”
A new book, Shrink Rap: Three Psychiatrists Explain Their Work, explains the sometimes fuzzy distinctions between these professionals and what they do.
It's not often that we in the medical profession interact with the fashion industry. Last spring, however, fourthyear University of Minnesota medical student Phillip Radke teamed up with students in the College of Design to put on a one-of-a-kind fundraiser called “Scrubbed into Fashion.”In this well-attended runway show, medical students modeled stylish outfits created by design students that were then judged by a panel of local experts. The catch? All of the outfits were made out of scrubs!
Ahead of the curve, Medical School alumnus Lee Wattenberg, M.D., first recognized in 1965 that certain chemical compounds improved disease prevention in animals, a discovery that helped launch the field of chemoprevention — and his own illustrious career.A year later, he published a paper in the journal Cancer Research that laid the groundwork for research into chemopreventive compounds and coined the term “chemoprophylaxis” — the prevention of disease by chemical agents.
“I feel both personal pride and increased responsibility — an ownership of the curriculum for these students,” says Alan Johns, M.D., M.Ed., of this year’s incoming medical students. “I want them to become excellent practicing physicians, and this is their first step.”Johns (Class of 1976) is taking his first steps, too, as the new assistant dean for medical education and curriculum at the Medical School, Duluth campus. He replaces Richard Hoffman, Ph.D., who left that role in anticipation of his retirement in 2012.
Trim in appearance and outgoing by nature, James H. House, M.D. (Class of 1963), a renowned hand surgeon, revered teacher, and enthusiastic ambassador for the University of Minnesota Medical School, describes the 50 years he and his wife, Janelle, have spent together at the University as "a wonderful life."
Patrick G. Hays, M.H.A., has had plenty of career success. Hays founded Sutter Health in Sacramento, California, in 1980. Hays also served from 1995 to 2000 as president and CEO of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, and in 2003, he received the American College of Healthcare Executives' Gold Medal Award. Though his own personal determination surely cannot be discounted, Hays is quick to credit his education at the University of Minnesota for those achievements.
The University of Minnesota Medical School celebrated its own version of "March Madness" last month in a national annual rite of passage known as Match Day. During the celebration, which takes place simultaneously at medical schools across the country, graduating students learn the site of their medical residencies.
Save the date for this fall's Medical School Alumni Weekend, September 22-24, and a chance to reconnect and reminisce with friends and former classmates while enjoying social activities, a medical education forum, tours, an all-class luncheon, and more. All alumni are welcome to attend the weekend's events.
While short-term relief has its place, Patricia Wolff, M.D., is partial to the permanent fix. Wolff, a pediatrician, 1972 Medical School alumna, and founder of the nonprofit Meds & Food for Kids, is focused on combating malnutrition in Haiti — starting with its root causes. “‘Rescue’ is simpler, and it looks really good in the media,” the Minnesota native muses. “But you need to employ people, educate and mentor people, as well as preserve brain capacity by fighting malnutrition.”
North-central Minnesota surgeon Paul Severson was enjoying a full life and a successful career, but he was looking for the chance to make a bigger impact. The 1978 Medical School, Duluth campus graduate had joined the medical community serving Crosby/Aitkin in 1984. He had championed the advancement of new surgical and medical services there and, later, with Howard McCollister, M.D., cofounded and codirected the Minnesota Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery.
The University of Minnesota Medical Alumni Society has selected four exceptional physicians to receive two of its awards in 2010. Please join us in congratulating and thanking these deserving doctors for their work in the service of the medical profession. New this year, the Minnesota Medical Foundation is recognizing alumni for philanthropic support of the Medical School as well. All awardees were honored at an alumni celebration banquet on October 15.
Though he had long wanted to become a physician, John E. Larkin, M.D., admits that he spent most of high school focused on football rather than academics. But when Larkin entered the University of Minnesota in 1949, a General College faculty member recognized and fostered his potential. Larkin thrived, earning his bachelor’s degree in science education in 1953.
Medical School alumnus Martin Stillman, M.D., J.D. (Medical School Class of 1997), has found many ways to give back to the University of Minnesota but says the Connections Physician-Student Mentoring Program offers a unique way to help students.
"Serving as a mentor keeps you in touch with today’s students and the Medical School on a personal level," says Stillman, president of the Medical Alumni Society. "And when I'm helping my mentee, I'm always learning."
For three decades, medical examiner Janis Amatuzio, M.D., made her hard job even harder—voluntarily—because she believed it was the right thing to do. "My father inspired me to look at forensic medicine with a compassionate heart," says Amatuzio, a member of the University of Minnesota Medical School Class of 1977. "For me, that became talking to the families after the death of a loved one."
When second -year University of Minnesota, Duluth medical student Anya Gybina, Ph.D., joined the Dr. Nancy English Memorial 5K Walk/Run on July 31, she was running in the footsteps of someone a lot like her.
Gybina is the first medical student to receive the Nancy I. English, M.D., Scholarship, which was designated for a woman medical student on the Duluth campus by English’s daughters, Hilary and Emily Crook; husband, Thomas Crook; and father, Blake English. Nancy English, a member of the Medical School Class of 1992, died suddenly in August 2008.
Last year, we started hosting informal dinners that offered first-year medical students and alumni a chance to network and learn from one another. We received so much positive feedback from students and alumni alike that we have planned more of these dinners. The next one will take place on May 25 at True Thai in Minneapolis.
When medical students told us that they wanted more opportunities to connect with alumni, we at the Medical Alumni Society (MAS) responded.
As a family medicine resident at St. John’s Hospital in Maplewood, Will Nicholson, M.D., saw every day how health insurance coverage affected the care his patients received. Patients wouldn't get the medicine he'd prescribe because they couldn't afford it. Or when they had health concerns that needed follow-up, they'd be charged for another office visit and often any diagnostic tests that were done.
An elegant, bespectacled brunette—acclaimed local actor Angela Timberman—took the makeshift stage at the Mill City Clinic in Minneapolis. But it was the voice of a loopy schoolgirl, in a riotous reading of Shel Silverstein’s poem "Sick," that greeted the audience at this theatrical pageant in mid-November.
"I cannot go to school today,"
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
"I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash and purple bumps.
My mouth is wet, my throat is dry,
I'm going blind in my right eye. ..."
So began Hippocrates Café, the brainchild ofJon Hallberg, M.D. (Medical School Class of '92), the Mill City Clinic’s medical director.
Music, literature, travel, foreign languages, and simple curiosity. These were some of the things W. Albert Sullivan, M.D., valued most, says his widow, Theresa Sullivan.
She helps administer the Albert Sullivan Endowed Scholarship fund, created by an anonymous Medical School alumnus to honor the longtime educator and associate dean of student affairs, who died in 1990. The scholarship helps support students who are not only promising future physicians but also "well-rounded people," says Theresa, who contributes regularly to the fund.
Anxious students from the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Class of 2010 gathered at the McNamara Alumni Center on March 18 for this year’s Match Day ceremony. Surrounded by family, friends, and Medical School staff and faculty, the students learned where they would complete their residency training.