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Children’s Health—Education

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Julia Berg’s parents hope that her photo will be a palpable reminder of the importance of avoiding medical mistakes.

When 15-year-old Julia Berg died of massive internal bleeding at another hospital in 2005, the tragedy left her parents, Dan Berg and Welcome Jerde, and her sister, Hannah, reeling. But more bad news was yet to come: Julia's death could have been prevented.

•	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. What a difference a move across the river makes.


Dr. Joseph Neglia's job just got easier. As the Department of Pediatrics head works to recruit topflight experts in children's health, he can point to the extraordinary new University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital as a very visible symbol of the University's dedication to children. "Having the Amplatz Children's Hospital will go a long way to attracting the most talented faculty members and residents," says Neglia, who also is the hospital's physician-in-chief.


More than 6,000 children in Minnesota live with the pain of arthritis and other rheumatic diseases. But the state has only six pediatric rheumatologists to provide specialty care for these young patients.

Erik Nichols.

Christopher Meyer, M.D., loved her career as a pediatric critical care doctor at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. It was an intense job that required her to be on her feet all day, but she was continually amazed at the strength of the families she met. But a childhood spine condition made it difficult and often painful for Meyer to stand for hours on end. She had several surgeries, trying to alleviate the pain, and each had a rather long recovery period when she couldn't work at all.

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