Mar 9, 2019

Guest Blogger: Katie Linder, Introducing "On the Pulse"

By pkiessling @pkiessling
The following was written by Katie Linder, a current M2 on the Diversity and Inclusion Council. She describes the recent addition of the "On the Pulse" feature to the Medical School's internal website:   Hi all! My name is Katie Linder and I’m a second year med student and member [...]
Feb 21, 2019

What is a mob?

By Crystal Mendoza @crystalmendoza
By Josiane Joseph “…a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear? ... It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are [...]
Feb 19, 2019

Book Review: Tranny by Laura Jane Grace

By tljordan @tljordan
  I remember the first punk album that I got my hands on: Dookie by Green Day. I sat in my basement in that high backed computer chair watching the music videos on repeat, unknowingly unlocking a part of my identity which would be ebbing and flowing from the surface [...]
Book Review: Tranny by Laura Jane Grace
Jan 17, 2019

Pathway to peace

By Crystal Mendoza @crystalmendoza
By: Andrew M. Harrison, MD, PhD P2P. Surely this acronym has not yet been claimed. I met a clown recently. As Patch Adams was the only clown I knew of, also a physician on the side, I joined him for the recent holiday season in the backwoods of West Virginia [...]
Pathway to peace
Dec 18, 2018

In Case You Missed It: Charlie Blotner

By tljordan @tljordan
On November 27th, The Kern Center Innovation and Design Series of Unexpected Conversation brought Charlie Blotner to speak for a lunchtime talk, titled “Establishing Trust in Healthcare: How the Transgender Community is Building a New Ecosystem for Health.” What made this talk interesting from the start is that Blotner brings [...]
In Case You Missed It: Charlie Blotner
Dec 11, 2018

How do we improve the status of mental health in graduate school?

By Crystal Mendoza @crystalmendoza
A recent article in The Atlantic covering the mental health disorders people suffer with in graduate school recently popped up on my suggested articles on Google, and on my Facebook timeline (I will give up Facebook, eventually). In the Facebook comments, and in the post sharing this article, people overwhelmingly [...]
How do we improve the status of mental health in graduate school?
Nov 25, 2018

Growth During the Application Cycle

By pkiessling @pkiessling
The transition from premedical studies to medical school may be the most dramatic change a future physician will experience in their education, yet the medical school application process inherently resists any continued growth for applicants. Primary applications are submitted in June, interviews extend into the fall and winter, and acceptances are [...]
Nov 2, 2018

Kavanaugh: What Now?

By tljordan @tljordan
I don’t want to write another article about how tragic, and terrifying it is that Brett Kavanaugh is now a Supreme Court Justice of the United States of America. I don’t want to write another think piece on what it is like to be assigned female at birth, trans, or [...]
Kavanaugh: What Now?
Oct 19, 2018

Book Review: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

By Crystal Mendoza @crystalmendoza
By: TL Jordan Representation is incredibly important. Not just in our media, but in our everyday lives. When we are young we look up to people and dream about seeing ourselves in their shoes. Young children look to see themselves reflected in everyday life as teachers, astronauts, politicians, actors, artists, [...]
Book Review: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Oct 4, 2018

Voting Supports Our Wellness

By Crystal Mendoza @crystalmendoza
By: Josiane Joseph In 2008, I was an unassuming teenager with serious goals that included finding ways to get to the beach and hoarding enough clothes to ensure that I always had a unique ensemble to wear. My understanding of the three branches of government was fair, but I harbored [...]
Voting Supports Our Wellness
Oct 2, 2018

Pronouns: The Minimum

By Crystal Mendoza @crystalmendoza
By: Torri Jordan Merriam Webster defines a pronoun as “any a small set of words in a language that are used as substitutes for nouns or noun phrases whose referents are named or understood in the context” Simpler, you could define a pronoun as a small set of words that [...]
May 4, 2018

Judging a Book: Special Olympics Basketball - Round Three

By Domenic Fraboni @domenicfraboni
Underestimating your opponent as an athlete can be a grave error on the part of any competitor. Judging them based on their initial appearance, however, can be an even greater mistake. April 17, 2018 – Practice at the “Y” We entered the YMCA: six of my Special Olympic full court [...]
Judging a Book: Special Olympics Basketball - Round Three
Apr 13, 2018

Inclusion and stuff… Like for real though

By Domenic Fraboni @domenicfraboni
By Domenic Fraboni and Torri Jordan Inclusion. Acceptance. Respect. They are easy words to say, however, incorporating them into your daily routine, life, career, or corporation can prove to be more difficult than three spoken words. The difficulty lies in the fact that, as individuals, we do not know how [...]
Inclusion and stuff… Like for real though
Jan 15, 2018

Hello From the Other Side

By Domenic Fraboni @domenicfraboni
By: Kevin Shim As I sit down to write my thesis I have spent some time thinking about the differences between graduate school and medical school thus far. I want to try to explain them to you using a half-baked analogy with the goal of highlighting (what I think are) [...]
Hello From the Other Side
Sep 7, 2017

The civilizing influence of historical continuity

By Andrew M. Harrison @andrewharrison1
By Andrew M. Harrison I am not a scholar of history, but I like to pretend I play one on the TV machine. After writing of the Minnesota cornfield-tundra earlier this year for Meet Mayo Med, The Official Blog of Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, it occurred to me I [...]
The civilizing influence of historical continuity
Aug 24, 2017

Trust in Medicine: From 3 to 83

By Domenic Fraboni @domenicfraboni
By: Domenic Fraboni I’m about to share a story about trust that I learned in an unexpected fashion and from the most unexpected teacher. This unexpected master class in trust was delivered by my nephew. Now, why would any possible readers care about me jabbering on about a 3-year-old that [...]
Trust in Medicine: From 3 to 83
Jun 14, 2017

My "Modern" Family

By Domenic Fraboni @domenicfraboni
By: Domenic F. Fraboni   I want to talk about that ugly “D” word that wreaks havoc on so many families every year. “We’re getting a divorce.” The words my mom and dad shared with me at the kitchen table during my senior year of high school. My world flopped [...]
My
May 4, 2017

Providing Physical Therapy in Rural Honduras

By Domenic Fraboni @domenicfraboni
By: Jordan McGowan In February of 2017, I traveled to Honduras with other members of the physical therapy program from the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences: one professor and 3 students. Our mission was to meet up with functional therapy students at the university in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and travel [...]
Providing Physical Therapy in Rural Honduras
Apr 27, 2017

I Now Pronounce You Man and Muxe

By Domenic Fraboni @domenicfraboni
  By: Domenic F. Fraboni   The following is a fictional vignette: I have a penis. Well, I was born with one, I guess. The sex organs I was born with would make you think I am a man. However, I identify as a woman who is attracted to what [...]
I Now Pronounce You Man and Muxe
Apr 7, 2017

Do Not Oversimplify MLK’s Complex Legacy

By Domenic Fraboni @domenicfraboni
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 [...]
Do Not Oversimplify MLK’s Complex Legacy
Mar 31, 2017

Who's Driving This Thing?!

By Domenic Fraboni @domenicfraboni
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 [...]
Who's Driving This Thing?!
Jan 26, 2017

Health Disparities: Equity vs Equality

By Domenic Fraboni @domenicfraboni
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 [...]
Health Disparities: Equity vs Equality
Jan 12, 2017

An Evening at the Ivories

By Domenic Fraboni @domenicfraboni
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 [...]
An Evening at the Ivories
Dec 16, 2016

Taking a Knee for Change

By Domenic Fraboni @domenicfraboni
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 [...]
Taking a Knee for Change
Dec 8, 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 [...]
Throwing Unconscious Bias into the Spotlight
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