Match Day 2015

Left to right: Casey Yang, Kat Weaver, Sandy Lee, Kristine Anderson, Crystal Bockoven, Eva Lu; photo by Sarah Hansen

On the morning of Friday, March 20, 2015, fourth year medical student Eva Lu is feeling anxious. After a long year of interviewing, it’s finally Match Day.

“You have a job, which is nice. You just don’t know where yet,” Lu explains.

Match Day is a rite of passage shared by medical students across the United States. At 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time students receive their official letter from the National Residency Match Program letting them know which residency, and in what city, they’ll start training this year.

Every school hosts a unique celebration to mark the event. The 2015 University of Minnesota Medical School Match Day event took place at McNamara Alumni Center with breakfast hosted by Fairview Health Systems. Dean Brooks Jackson, MD, MBA, Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education Kathy Watson, MD, and Duluth’s Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Admissions Robin Michaels, PhD, addressed the students with words of encouragement before the envelopes were released. At 11:00 a.m., students were called to the stage in groups by faculty mentor. Faculty mentors then handed out envelopes to their mentees and took group photos with students. Between groups, class president Jesse Klingelhoets gave out prizes.

David Polly awarded Davis Chair

David Polly, Jr., MD, has been awarded the Catherine Mills Davis Land Grant Chair in Biomechanical Engineering in Orthopaedic Surgery. The chair funds a senior faculty member whose distinguished teaching and research career will enable them to enhance the Medical School’s academic reputation.

Polly is a Professor and Chief of Spine Surgery in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and currently holds the James W. Ogilvie Chair. He is an outspoken advocate for research in the area of musculoskeletal disorders and has helped pioneer and innovate current scoliosis therapies.

Summer Program in Medical Education

2014 participants, photo by Miranda Taylor

Student involvement with medical education has traditionally been in the classroom or clinic, but a new program in the Office of Medical Education (OME) aims to change all that.

Since 2014, UMN medical students transitioning between years 1-2 have had the chance to apply for our Summer Program in Medical Education. Students in this program are challenged to take on focused research projects that improve overall understanding of medical scholarship and the continuum of medical education. They also develop existing skills to prepare them for future leadership roles within an academic institution.

Undergraduate researcher wins award

Courtesy Sowda Ahmed

Sowda Ahmed, an undergraduate researcher working in the lab of Mark Schleiss, MD, Department of Pediatrics, was recently recognized at the Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM for her research on the development of a stable cytomegalovirus (CMV). A sophomore majoring in Genetics, Cell Biology and Development, Ahmed was chosen to present her research in the undergraduate biological sciences category. She was awarded second place for her poster presentation, which took place on February 20, 2015.

NAMI Research Dinner

Courtesy Dept of Psychiatry

The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota and NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) held their 13th annual NAMI Research Dinner on Feb 26, 2015. Sue Abderholden, MPH, provided a great setting for the NAMI members and attendees. The initial goals of having the get-together was to share the projects and goals of the Department of Psychiatry and to make sure to provide information and education about research. In addition, the NAMI Research Dinner utilizes the get-together for a strong connection between the community and the University.

Med School Prom

Courtesy Nate Juergens

In the days leading up to the annual Medical School Winter Ball, known colloquially as Med School Prom, the halls are abuzz with gossip. Which freshly minted medical school couple will display their newfound love in public? Who will make a fool of themselves, consuming a little more alcohol than their frail, library-bound body is prepared for? Are we supposed to wear real prom dresses? Will there be a quiet study space available at the event?

A lot of questions will be answered on Friday, February 13th. Med School Prom takes place on the night before Valentine’s Day, but clearly overshadows the holiday that follows. Interestingly, St. Valentine found love at Med School Prom, and wanted a holiday to commemorate this achievement, forever scheduling his eponymous holiday on the day after. At least, that’s the rumor.

Early Chair of OBGYN, Konald Prem, has died

Colleagues and friends of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Women’s Health mourn the passing of emeritus Professor Konald A. Prem, M.D. on January 25, 2015, at the age of 94. Dr. Prem was Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology from 1976-1984.

Dr. Prem was an alumnus of St. John’s University and the University of Minnesota and completed his residency at Minneapolis General Hospital. Dr. Prem chose to be a part of the U of MN because it was a teaching hospital. In the 42 years of his tenure at the U of MN he reached the rank of full professor and served as Acting Head of the Department, Director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Department Head, and he was the prime mover in the establishment of the Department’s Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Program. In addition, Dr. Prem was one of the first in the United States to be certified by the newly formed Gynecologic Oncology Board. Dr. Prem was a pioneer in the field of gynecologic oncology and a leader in developing techniques for radical pelvic cancer surgery. He was active in the Natural Family Planning and Couple to Couple League.