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Aug 18, 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 [...]
Leaning in for the Win
Jul 14, 2016

Don't think about breathing

By Carl Gustafson @carlgustafson
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 [...]
Don't think about breathing
May 19, 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 [...]
Precision Medicine: The Art of Exercise Dosing
May 6, 2016

A Better Health Care for All

By Domenic Fraboni @domenicfraboni
  By Domenic F. Fraboni   “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 [...]
A Better Health Care for All
Apr 17, 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 [...]
Moving Towards Equity in Medicine
Apr 15, 2016

Take Your Mark: The Race Begins

By Domenic Fraboni @domenicfraboni
  By Domenic F. Fraboni 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 [...]
Take Your Mark: The Race Begins
Mar 3, 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 [...]
The beginning of wisdom
Feb 11, 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 [...]
Plunge for a Cause
Jan 27, 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 [...]
Medical
Dec 17, 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 [...]
Dec 3, 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 [...]
It's on Us
Nov 22, 2015

Humanitarianism and medicine

By Crystal Mendoza @crystalmendoza
By Crystal A. Mendoza and Andrew M. Harrison Humanitarianism medicine stands apart from both academic and non-academic medicine. Although not mutually exclusive, humanitarianism medicine is one component of the larger field of humanitarianism: a vast conceptual construct of community that transcends individual civilizations and societies across time. On November 18, [...]
Humanitarianism and medicine
Nov 19, 2015

WiSER Takes Off!

By Crystal Mendoza @crystalmendoza
Women in Science and Engineering Research (WiSER) has one mission: To support the success of women in research by providing opportunities for career development, networking with women leaders, identifying strong mentors, and developing a meaningful community for women in biomedical research at Mayo Clinic. They are off to a great [...]
WiSER Takes Off!
Nov 5, 2015

Profession ≠ Job

By Crystal Mendoza @crystalmendoza
By: Thomas Mork, SPT What do you love about your profession? Is it seeing patients smile? Is it putting on your detective cap to figure out a disease? Or is it the sheer variety of the cases that you see every day? The fact is, if we go to work [...]
Profession ≠ Job
Oct 21, 2015

Mayo grad students reach out to their neighbors (in El Salvador)

By Carl Gustafson @carlgustafson
Written by Crystal Mendoza and Carl Gustafson The Biomedical Engineering and Physiology (BMEP) students are going global! In 2009, a few students got together and formed the Initiative for Medical Equipment Sustainability (IMES) to address issues of transferring medical technology to developing countries, and making those technologies sustainable. Since then, [...]
Mayo grad students reach out to their neighbors (in El Salvador)
Sep 24, 2015

Looking at Diversity: From the Top Down

By Crystal Mendoza @crystalmendoza
By Domenic Fraboni At times, diversity can be a difficult area to be “successful” in.  This can be especially true when trying to represent all the different aspects of diversity in a specific committee, staff, team, or any other group.  The complexity of this topic webs out even further when [...]
Looking at Diversity: From the Top Down
Sep 17, 2015

Exploring the World through Research

By Clara Castillejobecerra @claracastillejobecerra
By Luz Milbeth Cumba-García, MS At the age of 16, I was admitted to the Universidad Metropolitana’s early admission program in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to study Cellular and Molecular Biology. From my early days as a college student, I had the opportunity to do summer internships abroad, conduct research [...]
Exploring the World through Research
Jul 30, 2015

Does gender bias benefit women in academia?

By Clara Castillejobecerra @claracastillejobecerra
Historically, women have been underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). This trend seems to be predominant in academia, where sexist hiring has been labeled as one of the culprits. But does current evidence support this hypothesis? Research from Cornell psychologists, Wendy Williams and Stephen Ceci, [...]
Jul 16, 2015

Grey Lines - Stepping Over the Interdisciplinary Boundary in Healthcare Education

By Andrew M. Harrison @andrewharrison1
By Thomas Mork I was sitting in Phillips Hall in the Siebens Building at Mayo Clinic, immersed in a speech by “Bob”: former patient, cancer survivor, and nationally-renowned speaker. He stood proudly at the podium while his voice reverberated among a crowd of physicians, nurses, and physical therapy students. This [...]
Grey Lines - Stepping Over the Interdisciplinary Boundary in Healthcare Education
Jul 5, 2015

Read this while standing

By Carl Gustafson @carlgustafson
“What you are doing, right now, is killing you!” Nilofer Merchant scanned a suddenly breathless crowd with a faux menace at her 2013 TED talk. The audience anxiously awaited her answer: what could possibly be killing us so menacingly and discretely that we would simply sit here and allow it? Well, [...]
May 13, 2015

Believe it or not...

By Andrew M. Harrison @andrewharrison1
By Dr. Jim Maher How can Mayo Clinic best honor the axis of diversity that might be called "faith," "belief," "unbelief," or "religion" and what leadership can be shown within Mayo Clinic's academic environment (the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine)? These were some of the questions that motivated a fascinating [...]
Believe it or not...
Mar 19, 2015

Becoming a Question Artist

By Carl Gustafson @carlgustafson
“In re mathematica ars proponendi quaestionem pluris facienda est quam solvendi.” – Georg Cantor Just when you thought Latin was a dead language… If I were to ask you a question, how would you answer it? …Did you just tell yourself, “well, Self, that depends on the type of question!”? [...]
Feb 26, 2015

The Banality of “That’s Nice”

By Andrew M. Harrison @andrewharrison1
By Nora E. King I sat in Mayo Clinic’s St. Marys Hospital cafeteria with my clinical team, in that awkward way medical students know too well: the attending physician (“consultant” at Mayo Clinic) buys you a cup of coffee and then proceeds to gossip with his buddies for the next [...]
The Banality of “That’s Nice”
Jan 29, 2015

Training in Research and Parenthood

By Clara Castillejobecerra @claracastillejobecerra
Perhaps you are contemplating becoming a parent in the future. If so, you may be wondering how becoming a parent will affect your career, how you will handle your responsibilities as a researcher and parent, or how you will survive these tough years in graduate school with the addition of [...]
Training in Research and Parenthood
Jan 4, 2015

Avoiding scientific nostalgia

By Carl Gustafson @carlgustafson
Hello diversity blog readers and welcome to 2015! Thanks for sticking with us; we hope you’re as excited about the future of the blog as we are. If not, keep reading. Maybe someday we'll serve up the post you've been waiting for. Science moves pretty fast [citation needed]. In fact, it’s [...]
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