Michael Hyoung-son Kim, M.D., named Twin Cities’ first assistant dean for student affairs

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The Office of Undergraduate Medical Education has developed a new role to support Twin Cities and Duluth year 3-4 medical students. The assistant dean for student affairs will support medical student learning, professional development, and career planning. This role will centralize many of the duties that help students meet their goals.

Michael Hyoung-son Kim, M.D., current faculty member in Medicine’s Division of General Internal Medicine and Pediatrics’ Division of Hospital Medicine, will be the first person to serve as assistant dean for student affairs.

New spine fellowship integrates orthopaedics and neurosurgery

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery recently announced a new Spine Fellowship for the 2015-16 academic year. The fellowship, which hopes to bring two or three new spine specialists to the University of Minnesota, will be uniquely integrated with both orthopaedics and neurosurgery for applicants who have successfully completed an orthopaedics or neurosurgery residency. The program will be one of only a handful of spine fellowships in the country that uses a full-spectrum orthopaedic and neurosurgery approach to train future spine surgeons.

Four inducted to Society for Pediatric Research

The Society for Pediatric Research (SPR) was founded in the 1930s as an academic society committed to fostering the research and career development of investigators engaged in creating new knowledge that advances the health and well-being of children and youth. Since that time, the SPR has emerged as the pre-eminent international society devoted to young investigators in basic science and translational research. Membership is highly competitive, limited to early-stage investigators, and requires demonstration of excellence in child health research through metrics such as extramural peer-reviewed funding and publication of original scientific manuscripts.

Preeminent cancer researcher Lee Wattenberg has died

The University of Minnesota Medical School lost one of our most distinguished and accomplished faculty members this week with the death of Lee Wattenberg, the man known the “father of chemoprevention.” Lee was a professor of lab medicine and pathology at the Medical School and a Masonic Cancer Center researcher. He died on Tuesday, December 9, at the age of 92.

To call Lee an innovator in the field of cancer prevention is an understatement. His 1966 paper in the American Association for Cancer Research Journal, Cancer Research, laid the groundwork for an entire field of study understanding the effects of certain compounds on cancer development. In that paper he introduced the term “chemoprophylaxis” and he established cancer prevention as a promising line of research.

Dr. Paula Termuhlen Named Regional Campus Dean for Duluth

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Paula Termuhlen, M.D., has had the Medical School’s Duluth campus on her radar for years. She has family in Duluth and has visited many times. She also has a passion for helping underserved, rural communities meet their health care needs. Now Dr. Termuhlen will bring her talents to Duluth in support of that mission as the new regional campus dean.

Dr. Termuhlen comes to the University of Minnesota from the Medical College of Wisconsin, where she led the Community Medical Education Program, working to establish regional campuses to help address workforce issues in smaller, rural communities in Wisconsin. It’s a role that prepared her well for her next challenge, helping the Duluth campus fulfill its mission supporting rural medicine and Native American communities.

Michael Georgieff, M.D., receives Samuel J. Fomon Nutrition Award

Michael Georgieff, M.D., director of the Department of Pediatrics’ Division of Neonatology, has received the 2014 Samuel J. Fomon Nutrition Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Nutrition. This annual award recognizes outstanding research achievements relating to the nutrition of infants and children. Georgieff accepted his award on Saturday, November 8, 2014, at a Committee meeting in Elk Grove Village, Ill.

Lab Coat Ceremony 2014

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On Tuesday, August 26, 2014, our latest class of biomedical sciences graduate students was welcomed to the University of Minnesota with a first-ever Lab Coat Ceremony. Taking its cue from the Medical School’s annual White Coat Ceremony, which kicks off training for our first-year undergraduate medical students, this event introduced 65 new Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D., and M.S. candidates into the eight biomedical science graduate programs that are jointly run between the Medical School and the College of Biological Science. These programs include:

  • Genetic Counseling
  • Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biophysics
  • Integrative Biology and Physiology
  • Medical Physics, Microbiology, Immunology & Cancer Biology
  • Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology & Genetics
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology

The Lab Coat Ceremony is an official welcoming event for the incoming graduate students hosted by the Office of Biomedical Graduate Research, Education and Training (BGREAT). The event allowed each of the eight program directors to present the students entering his or her program with a lab coat which is theirs to use throughout their research careers. The ceremony itself was held in the conference room of the Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building (CCRB), with a reception for students, family, and faculty members following the ceremony in the CCRB atrium.