December 8th, 2016

Throwing Unconscious Bias into the Spotlight

By Domenic Fraboni domenicfraboni

By: James H. Lee

On November 30, a crowd of Mayo employees and students gathered in Phillips Hall to unpack unconscious bias. We were presented with a narrative of four individuals with absurd names – Nin, Goo, Zug, Yak – and then asked to rank these characters from least to most moral. Through a simple single-page story, we began to assign these silly three-letter names with rich character traits and attitudes.

However, as we progressed to morally rank these individuals, we unconsciously (can you see where this is going?) began to assign them other characteristics outside the scope of the story. These personal and moral traits were almost immediately accompanied with preconceptions of gender and age. Nin was [...]

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December 2nd, 2016

It's Always Brighter at Sunrise

By Domenic Fraboni domenicfraboni

By: Domenic F. Fraboni

“Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience.” This is the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) vision statement for the physical therapy profession. This amazing organization hopes that all practicing and student physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapy assistants (PTAs) will go out into the world as thoughtful and informed individuals ready to transform society through their profession. The great thing about the APTA is they even have an entire strategic plan on how we aim to accomplish this vision. Rather than try and tackle the entire strategic plan on my own, I decided to approach the mission in my own little way: service work.

Last year, in my first [...]

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November 11th, 2016

Old Dog, Same Old Tricks

By Domenic Fraboni domenicfraboni

By: Domenic Fraboni

 

I’ve been told before by my student blog managing compadre, Andrew Harrison, that I write too many posts on sports. Well, now is the time to discontinue reading, Andrew, because here comes another one! I write about sport because it is one of my undying passions and can be credited with about 1/3 of the reason for my chosen vocation. I also write about sport because it has become one of the major avenues in which I conduct service work through local Special Olympics organizations; some of you may have read about this in past posts of mine. Over the past six years of continued involvement with these incredible organizations, I have helped out [...]

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November 4th, 2016

Be a Victor, Not a Victim

By Domenic Fraboni domenicfraboni

By: Domenic Fraboni

On Bob Bardwell’s It’s Not What Happens to You, It’s What You Do With It

 

Have you ever had a rough day? Just a day when you don’t know how anything could get any worse? I think a lot of us could conjure up memories of a specific terrible, horrible, no good, very bad, day that we’ve had. How about a day that your buddy makes one small mistake, pushes one wrong lever, and suddenly a skidster's bucket drops and crushes your back, paralyzing you from the waist down? No? Well, I don’t think many can actually say yes to that question. This is the story of Bob Bardwell. It would have [...]

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October 14th, 2016

Doing a 180° on disABILITY

By Domenic Fraboni domenicfraboni

 

By: Domenic Fraboni

For those of you who may not be aware, October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This month’s origin took root back in 1945. It was then that our US Congress labeled the first week in October “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week” (I like the current name better). The roots set back in ’45 finally blossomed into a whole month of awareness in 1998 (taking the current name). This month is focused on drawing attention to the employment barriers that still need to be addressed for those individuals working with a disability.

Personally, I think that this month can introduce another question: How are we able to transition these discussions about disabilities into [...]

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September 29th, 2016

Invisible Disability

By Andrew M. Harrison andrewharrison1

By Andrew M. Harrison

The time: January 2010. The place: The barren cornfield-tundra (then tundra) of Rochester, Minnesota. The setting: Other applicants and current students enjoying drunkenly sliding along the sheets of black ice, but you are in pain and hiding a back brace under your clothing from a spine surgery two weeks ago. Do you: (A) join along and hope nothing goes wrong, (B) point out you are weak for the aforementioned reasons and risk judgement, (C) act uptight and risk a different form of non-weak judgement, or (D) cry and risk every judgement?

I am not a fan of "fancy" words or terms, but this is known as invisible disability. When I broke my neck a [...]

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September 23rd, 2016

Let's MERG into Mayo

By Domenic Fraboni domenicfraboni

By: Domenic Fraboni

What does it mean to MERG? Does it mean to change lanes when you’re driving on a busy highway? Maybe you can find a place where two trickling streams MERG together into a large flowing river? I would say that this last example is getting closer, figuratively, to the meaning of MERG that I am thinking of. At Mayo Clinic, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) has coined the term MERG, or Mayo “Employee” Resource Group (I put quotes around employee because these groups are, in fact, not only for employees), to refer to any of the more than 20 employee-run groups centered around various facets of diversity. In this post, I implore all Mayo graduate and postgraduate students to get involved [...]

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September 12th, 2016

The Sights and Sounds of Diversity of Mayo Clinic

By Andrew M. Harrison andrewharrison1

By Domenic F. Fraboni and Andrew M. Harrison

There I was (DFF). Standing in front of the crowd that had gathered at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine's Annual Diversity Welcome Reception on Wednesday, September 07, 2016. I may have been one of a handful of people in that room that had never lived outside of Minnesota. A good number of the individuals in the room had even lived or grown up outside the country. I also don’t have what I call great surface diversity. This is what most individuals may think of when they think of diversity: race, ethnicity, and culture (and I would say rightfully so as it is a significant component of diversity). By that standard, I represent the [...]

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September 2nd, 2016

Medicine for the Queer

By Domenic Fraboni domenicfraboni

By: James Lee

James onstage with his band Sister Insider. PC: Chris Melamed

This is a happy story. A boy named Joey goes to his local primary care physician, Dr. Weber, with the desire to talk about his gender. Over the course of his freshman year in high school, he began to feel more uncomfortable in his skin. The way that society treated him as a young man weighed him down constantly. He spent hours every week on the internet in incognito mode, trying to Google how he felt and being overwhelmed with online resources. He just needed one trustworthy, educated friend to give him counsel. So he waited for his annual [...]

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August 18th, 2016

Leaning in for the Win

By Domenic Fraboni domenicfraboni

By Domenic F. Fraboni

 

Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a group of people that excluded no one, yet accepted everyone? A community that celebrated not only success, but also the amount of effort and courage that someone put into their attempt? A community that allows failure, takes those challenges head on, and emerges stronger and more apt for success because of that failure? Well, I think I have found that community. In fact, the whole Mayo Clinic Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, joined by more trainees from Mayo Graduate School (MGS), have incorporated themselves into the Rochester Flyers Special Olympic community . They have put blood, sweat, and tears (and lots of laughs and smiles) into a season [...]

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July 14th, 2016

Don't think about breathing

By Carl Gustafson carlgustafson

rising steam

Photo credit: Unsplash, Zugr

I haven’t written much lately. Even though it takes more than two hands to count the number of times I have sat down with an idea for a blog or article in the last year, and written a couple sentences, none of those ideas have hatched into anything coherent enough to be worth sharing. But I’ve been trying! Really hard. Writing stories on topics I've been reading about or opinions that have precipitated in my mind is quite cathartic. Evidently I am also pretentious enough to think that someone else might care that I have an opinion. But, lately when I've tried to collect my insoluble thought products [...]

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May 19th, 2016

Precision Medicine: The Art of Exercise Dosing

By Domenic Fraboni domenicfraboni

By: Domenic Fraboni

A core principle in pharmacology is the dosage/response curve. Pharmacologists endlessly test drugs to discover the effective dose, toxic dose, therapeutic index, and other important dosages that they can use with patients. The difficulty is, not everyone responds to these drugs in the same way. What may be an effective dose for one individual could cause more severe adverse reactions in another individual and possibly have no effect at all in a third patient. Furthermore, some patients may have other unrelated conditions that could affect drug absorption, distribution, metabolism or elimination. These four areas could also be affected by other drug-drug interactions. One drug the patient is already taking could slow down the metabolism of a new drug, [...]

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May 6th, 2016

A Better Health Care for All

By Domenic Fraboni domenicfraboni

 

By Domenic F. Fraboni

 

Honduras 2

Second year Mayo PT student group. Left to Right as pictured: Nicole Veldkamp, Mary McPartlin, Megan McCarthy, Stacey Glaess, Tyler Berlin, Erin Holstad, Brianna Cooper, Kelsie Miller, and Sara Balch. Photo Credit:

“Where’s the duct tape?!” Who has my duct tape?!” “Can someone loan me a roll to make a corner chair for this patient with cerebral palsy?” These are phrases you would likely never even think of hearing in a United States hospital. However, the situation in Honduras is quite different. A group of nine Mayo physical therapy students, led by their fearless leader Dr. Nathan Hellyer, spent their spring [...]

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April 17th, 2016

Moving Towards Equity in Medicine

By Crystal Mendoza crystalmendoza

By: Domenic Fraboni and Crystal Mendoza

April 13th was Equal Pay Day. At a panel discussion, Women in Science and Medicine: Moving Toward Equity in Career and Professional Development sponsored by the Office for Diversity, we learned that Equal Pay Day represents the day that women needed to work until in 2016 (added to their 2015 salary) to earn what their male counterparts earned during the 2015 calendar year. This discussion, led by a panel of Mayo physician and scientists, was tackling this exact issue and its prominence in the medial and science fields.

Guest moderator, Sharonne Hayes, M.D., began the discussion by outlining concerning statistics that represent the current inequality in medical career advancement between sexes.  To begin, [...]

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April 15th, 2016

Take Your Mark: The Race Begins

By Domenic Fraboni domenicfraboni

 

By Domenic F. Fraboni

A group of last years athletes at the state competition. Photo credit goes to Lori Torgerson.

A group of last years athletes at the state competition. Photo credit goes to Lori Torgerson.

The student physical therapists (SPT’s) are at it again! They took their mark, got set, and have hit the ground sprinting into the track and field season with the Rochester Flyers Special Olympic track team. This Monday, April 11th, a group of former track and field athletes and other physical therapy students began the grind to coach the Flyers to a championship in the state games in late June. After a [...]

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March 3rd, 2016

The beginning of wisdom

By Andrew M. Harrison andrewharrison1

By Andrew M. Harrison

Is racism the result of one of the basic human emotions, social disorder, both, or neither? Is this question even valid? From contemporary American psychologists such as Paul Ekman and Robert Plutchik, I can stretch an argument racism is derived from some basic human emotion and thus a sort of fundamental human right. From the ancient Analects of Confucius, I can argue “the beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name” and thus racism is the result of some improperly balanced social construct.

On Wednesday, February 10, 2016, Mayo Clinic’s Office for Diversity (Mayo Clinic College of Medicine) hosted its 5th Diversity Discussion at Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus in Minnesota: “Social Justice: [...]

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February 11th, 2016

Plunge for a Cause

By Domenic Fraboni domenicfraboni

By: Domenic Fraboni

 

It’s a frigid February afternoon. I guess it really wasn’t that bad by Minnesota standards. However, things were complicated by a brisk wind and the fact that the nine of us were all in what you would wear on your average beach day. Somehow we found ourselves standing at the edge of a gaping hole cut in the middle of a frozen lake. Behind us, we heard the announcer over the loud speaker say it was our turn to jump. We promptly stepped up, counted to three, squeezed each other’s hands hard, and took a plunge. The shock was immediate. Instantly the nine of us found ourselves scrambling, clambering, and clawing (well, as fast as we could without straining [...]

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January 27th, 2016

Medical "Marriage" - Improving the Clinician-Patient Relationship

By Crystal Mendoza crystalmendoza

By: Thomas Mork

“What do you know about him?” inquired my clinical instructor. I was on my first rotation as a student at the University of Utah and, using only two hands, was still able to count the number of patients I had seen. I commenced listing my patient’s home environment, his physical capabilities, etc. My clinical instructor cut me off. “That’s great, Tom, but what do you know about him?” I pondered the question for a moment.

“Well, he was a high school teacher.” I replied, questioningly. My clinical instructor smiled. “That’s it”, he said. And he made my goal for the next four weeks to learn something about the lives of my patients.

By the [...]

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December 17th, 2015

WiSER Presents: Women in Science and Engineering Series- Elke Mühlberger

By Crystal Mendoza crystalmendoza

By: Robin Willenbring

Being human is hard sometimes.

Now, to add to that, many of us reading this particular blog post, are human scientists or in the medical field. There have been too many times to count that each of us has questioned our life’s choice, our sanity and thought about being anything else. What keeps us going? That is the age old question, isn’t it? For each the answer is different. However, there is one defining feature, our passion. Whether it’s a passion for developing technologies, teaching the next generation, caring for the sick, running a company, thinking critically, or viruses; each is a passion. Throughout our careers, we find ways to share this passion, through our publications, [...]

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December 3rd, 2015

It's on Us

By Crystal Mendoza crystalmendoza

By Domenic Fraboni

The “It’s on US” campaign is a White House based movement that aims to increase awareness of sexual assault and sexual assault prevention.  I learned about the “It’s on US” campaign in January of last year when the NCAA became an official partner of the campaign.  As a member of the Division III Student Athlete Advisory Committee (DIII SAAC) I was tasked with bringing the campaign back to my respective conferences and campuses.  The “It’s on US” mission immediately resonated with me.  As a college football student-athlete I often felt subject to some unfair stereotypes of male student-athletes, specifically football athletes, and how they treated women.  Then I faced the real facts.  During their collegiate experience, one in [...]

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