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Fri, Apr 7 at 11:14am CDT by @domenicfraboni · View  

Do Not Oversimplify MLK’s Complex Legacy

A very belated Martin Luther King Day post

By: James H. Lee 

A couple of months ago, I was tasked with reporting on the Office for Diversity’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day event – “Content of Character, Color of Skin; Has Dr. King’s Dream Been Realized?” One lengthy name for an event, but I hoped that the length of the title was justified by the complexity of the hour-long talk. What was Dr. King’s legacy, and how did it affect how we see race today? How has Dr. King’s message transformed since he was assassinated on April 4th forty-nine years ago?

The discussion was opened up with Dr. Eddie Greene introducing the panel and then reading a [...]

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Fri, Mar 31 at 2:30pm CDT by @domenicfraboni · View  

Who's Driving This Thing?!

By: Domenic Fraboni

The story of a group of

 Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) students who take command of a full-court, Special Olympic basketball team in its inaugural year and the invaluable lessons, memories, and skill set the experience brought to their health care education.

Just as they did last year, the crew of Mayo Physical Therapy students took on the duty of coaching some of the most talented Special Olympic basketball athletes in the Rochester area. This is the same team that took home the championship in their Division of half court basketball at the State Games the year prior. This is the same team that did not lose a single game the entire year. This [...]

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Thu, Jan 26 at 9:20pm CDT by @domenicfraboni · View  

Health Disparities: Equity vs Equality

By: Margaret O. Akinhanmi

“What does health disparity mean to you?” This was the first question asked by the instructor of the Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS) course, ‘What Every Researcher Needs to Know about Health Disparities’. Our instructor, Dr. Joy Balls-Berry, gave us a few minutes to answer this question. My answer was akin to the definition that most people think of when they hear the words ‘health disparity’. I simply stated that health disparity is defined as differences in healthcare treatment and access. The formal definition as stated by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is as follows: “Health disparities are preventable differences in the burden of disease, injury, violence, or opportunities to achieve optimal health that [...]

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Thu, Jan 12 at 10:06pm CDT by @domenicfraboni · View  

An Evening at the Ivories

By: Domenic F. Fraboni

An employee highlight on Francie Dahlin.

 

“I learn just fine. Well, in most subjects. Some topics like math or economics may not come as easily to me, no matter how hard I try to understand them. I always did well in other classes though like English, language, reading, or social sciences. I love to learn by reading about all sorts of different topics. I’d actually say I am a perfectionist of sorts, especially with my piano playing. My issue was applying this knowledge and skills to social interactions with others. When I find myself trying to discuss work with someone, confront someone about something I disagree with them on, or even just [...]

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Dec 16, 2016 by @domenicfraboni · View  

Taking a Knee for Change

By: Domenic Fraboni

A summary and reflection on the panel discussion “Taking a Knee: Social Injustice Protest on the Football Field and Beyond" - (with some additional commentary and proposed questions of my own)

 

Panel Members:

 

Elvis Francois, M.D., Resident, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education

Josiane Joseph, M.D., Ph.D. Student, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine and Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Rahul Kashyap, Sr. Clinical Research Coordinator, Department of Anesthesiology

Chris Schieffer, Section Head, Management Engineering and Internal Consulting

 

The Story

He took a knee. All he did was take a knee. With [...]

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James is such an awesome writer! Great post and great insight!

Love, Dom

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Dec 8, 2016 by @domenicfraboni · View  

Throwing Unconscious Bias into the Spotlight

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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Domenic Fraboni responded Dec 14, 2016 · View

James is such an awesome writer! Great post and great insight! Love, Dom

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Dec 2, 2016 by @domenicfraboni · View  

It's Always Brighter at Sunrise

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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Nov 11, 2016 by @domenicfraboni · View  

Old Dog, Same Old Tricks

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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Nov 4, 2016 by @domenicfraboni · View  

Be a Victor, Not a Victim

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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Oct 14, 2016 by @domenicfraboni · View  

Doing a 180° on disABILITY

 

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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Sep 23, 2016 by @domenicfraboni · View  

Let's MERG into Mayo

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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Sep 2, 2016 by @domenicfraboni · View  

Medicine for the Queer

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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Aug 18, 2016 by @domenicfraboni · View  

Leaning in for the Win

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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May 19, 2016 by @domenicfraboni · View  

Precision Medicine: The Art of Exercise Dosing

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 6, 2016 by @domenicfraboni · View  

A Better Health Care for All

 

By Domenic F. Fraboni

 

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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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Apr 15, 2016 by @domenicfraboni · View  

Take Your Mark: The Race Begins

 

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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Feb 11, 2016 by @domenicfraboni · View  

Plunge for a Cause

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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