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Room to learn

Residency program director John Andrews, M.D., consults with resident Andrea Van Wyk, M.D., on a patient’s chart. (Photo: Tim Rummelhoff)

Resident education at the former University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital building was top-notch, but as for space dedicated to training, “we had precious little,” says John Andrews, M.D., who directs the Pediatric Residency Program.

Conference rooms were a 10-minute walk away, shared meeting spaces were outdated, and cramped patient rooms made it difficult to conduct rounds.

What a difference a move across the river makes.

“The Amplatz hospital allows us to gather together now near the wards in nice, big, well-lit rooms,” says Miriam Shapiro, M.D., third-year general pediatric resident.

In these meeting rooms, physicians can project presentations and access medical records, making clinical care discussions easier. And because all patient rooms are private and 65 percent larger than rooms in the former location, learning can take place during family-centered rounds at the patient’s bedside as well.

The new hospital’s Auditorium, Conference, and Education Center is a destination for advancing knowledge across the region, state, and beyond.

Andrews says philanthropy has been crucial to providing spaces for education at the new hospital.

Heidi Roy Hubbard, M.D., a 1997 alumna of the pediatric residency program, made the lead gift for the new Resident Physician Lounge and Pediatric Education Resource Center. Additional support from countless residency and fellowship program alumni have helped to make this unique space a reality for current and future pediatric residents.

These new spaces, along with the philanthropy-dependent Auditorium, Conference, and Education Center in the new facility’s lobby, will ensure that University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital continues and enhances its century-old legacy of educating tomorrow’s leading pediatricians and physician-scientists.

Additionally, the generosity of Leon Satran, M.D.—who completed his residency and fellowship training at the University and has been on the pediatric faculty here for four decades—and his wife, Alma, helps to ensure that today’s pediatricians-in-training have access to superior educational materials and experiences such as professional research conferences. The Satrans, understanding how difficult it can be to secure funding to support resident education, made an unrestricted gift to the University’s pediatric residency program to be used at the director’s discretion.

“At the University, we have tremendous opportunities for our residents,” says Andrews. “Donors like the Satrans and Dr. Hubbard increase our ability to really give these young doctors the best possible experiences and education.”

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