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PGY 1

Katelyn Bojan, MDName: Katelyn Bojan, MD

Hometown: Eden Prairie, MN

Current Clinic: St. Paul

Undergraduate Education: University of St. Thomas

Medical School: University of Minnesota

Plans after Residency: I am keeping an open mind about my future career plans, but whether I do fellowship or work as a generalist, I would like to work in academics

Favorite Twin Cities Activity: Trying new restaurants and breweries throughout the Twin Cities. The state fair is also pretty great!

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: I would be a teacher

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: I would love to backpack around Chile


Tony Grandelis, MDName: Tony Grandelis, MD

Hometown: Eden Prairie, MN

Current Clinic: Hennepin Country Medical Center

Undergraduate Education: University of Minnesota

Medical School: University of Minnesota

Plans after Residency: I love the Twin Cities, so hopefully sticking around here to be close to family and friends. I will most likely be a generalist, but I haven't ruled out Onc or REI quite yet

Favorite Twin Cities Activity: Rooftop happy hours

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: I think I'd go back to school for architecture

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: Doesn't matter, as long as it's someplace I haven't been yet. I love traveling to new places!


Paige Martin, MDName: Paige Martin, MD

Hometown: St. Cloud, MN

Current Clinic: Women's Health Specialists

Undergraduate Education: Bethel University

Medical School: University of Missouri - Kansas City

Plans after Residency: Possibly a fellowship in urogyn, but unsure right now

Favorite Twin Cities Activity: Any activity on a lake - waterskiing, jet skiing, pontooning, swimming! I also love going to all the awesome restaurants

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: I would be a veterinarian. I would open up a low-cost clinic, so everyone could care for their fur babies

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: Japan when the cherry blossoms are blooming


Jill Miller, MDName: Jill Miller, MD

Hometown: Menomonie, WI

Current Clinic: Hennepin County Medical Center

Undergraduate Education: University of Minnesota - Duluth

Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and  Public Health

Plans after Residency: I'm not sure yet, but I am considering a fellowship in Family Planning. I definitely plan to stick around the Twin Cities when I start to practice

Favorite Twin Cities Activity: Biking around. I'm still exploring the area, but this has been my favorite activity so far. There are so many breweries and parks to stop by.

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: I would love to work in National Parks as a park ranger or a guide. I also considered doing something like plant ecology before going back to medical school

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: I think my next big adventure will be to Australia and New Zealand


Alicia Myhre, DO, MSName: Alicia Myhre, DO, MS

Hometown: Lakeland, MN

Current Clinic: St. Paul

Undergraduate Education: University of St. Thomas 

Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Masters Program: Drexel University College of Medicine

Plans after Residency: To practice as a generalist in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area

Favorite Twin Cities Activity: Biking the lakes, visiting the St. Paul Farmer's Market, and exploring the many restaurants and breweries the area has to offer

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: I would dedicate my time to establishing a student run shelter for individuals experiencing homelessness in the Twin Cities. I would model it after the Student Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia - an incredible shelter that I had the priviledge of working with during my 6 years in Philadelphia. I would also spend much of my time cooking and baking for the residents and volunteers of the shelter.

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: Norway


Alex Schefter, MDName: Alex Schefter, MD

Hometown: Mount Vernon, IA

Current Clinic: Hennepin Country Medical Center

Undergraduate Education: Carleton College

Medical School: University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Plans after Residency: Undecided 

Favorite Twin Cities Activity: Trying new restaurants and running along the lakes

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: Go for a PhD, probably in biophysics

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: Patagonia for great camping, hiking, and penguins!


Amy Schumer, MDName: Amy Schumer, MD

Hometown: Middlebury, VT

Current Clinic: Women's Health Specialists

Undergraduate Education: Middlebury College

Medical School: University of Vermont

Plans after Residency: Not sure yet, maybe something global health related

Favorite Twin Cities Activity: Biking

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: Live in Latin America and work as a teacher or for an NGO 

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: Somewhere in the mountains


Meredith Wise, MDName: Meredith Wise, MD

Hometown: Lubbock, TX

Current Clinic: Women's Health Specialists

Undergraduate Education: Northwestern University - English

Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine

Plans after Residency: I plan to eventually practice and teach at an academic medical center and possibly pursue a fellowship

Favorite Twin Cities Activity: Biking near the river and lakes and exploring new restaurants and breweries

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: I would love to be a travel writer

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: New Zealand


Melinda Zhang, MDName: Melinda Zhang, MD

Hometown: Bloomington, MN

Current Clinic: Hennepin Country Medical Center

Undergraduate Education: Yale

Medical School: University of Minnesota

Plans after Residency: Too early to tell 

Favorite Twin Cities Activity: Laying in a hammock by any of the lakes

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: I would get some dogs and hang out at the poochie park all day

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: Croatia


 

PGY 2

Leah Anderson, MDName: Leah Anderson, MD

Hometown: Buffalo Lake, MN

Current Clinic: Hennepin County Medical Center

Undergraduate Education: St. Olaf College, Biology

Medical School: University of Minnesota

Plans after Residency: Not sure yet, maybe a fellowship in women's global health, maybe a generalist practice

What you enjoy most about the U of MN OBGYN Residency Program: "The variety of different clinical experiences we get is amazing. We get to work with so many different patient populations in many different settings and my co-residents are pretty awesome!"

Favorite Twin Cities Activity: I enjoy biking places in the summer and exploring new neighborhoods

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: I'd probably work for a non-profit of some sort either internationally or locally working with underserved populations

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: New Zealand

Current Research Project: Self-Identified Barriers to Obtaining Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives Among Low Income Women


Sabrina Bedell, MDName: Sabrina Bedell, MD

Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA

Current Clinic: Women's Health Specialists

Undergraduate Education: University of California -Davis, Biochemistry

Medical School: University of Vermont

Plans after Residency: Fellowship vs. general practice... to be determined!

What you enjoy most about the U of MN OBGYN Residency Program: "My awesome co-residents, the beautiful Twin Cities, and the supportive staff"

Favorite Twin Cities Activity: Riding my bike to a lake or one of the many delicious restaurants in the area

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: Open a bakery and cafe

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: Nigeria, to visit my boyfriend's sister and see his hometown

Current Research Project: The Role of Phthalates in the Development of Hypertensive Diseases in Pregnancy


Tia BrodeurName: Tia Brodeur, MD, PhD

Hometown: Springfield, MA

Current Clinic: Hennepin County Medical Center

Undergraduate Education: Union College - Schenectady, NY

Medical School: University of Massachusetts

PhD Program: University of Massachusetts

Plans after Residency: Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship or look into an academic obstetrics practice.

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: I would teach middle or high school.

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: Italy

Current Research Project: High Neutrophil-lymphocyte Ratio (NLR) and Platelet-lymphocyte Ration (PLR) as Predictors of Response to Treatment in Lower Stage Cervical Cancer


Gita ByraiahName: Gita Byraiah, MD, MHS

Hometown: Maple Grove, MN

Current Clinic: Hennepin County Medical Center

Undergraduate Education: University of Minnesota, Biology

Masters Program: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Global Disease Epidemiology and Control

Medical School: Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

Plans after Residency: I hope to integrate my interests in global health and women's health and pursue a career in academic medicine

What you enjoy most about the U of MN OBGYN Residency Program: "I am amazed at how incredibly supportive and kind everyone in the program is. The faculty are very knowledgeable, the research is strong, and the clinical variety across all hospital sites is unparalleled."

Favorite Twin Cities Activity: There are too many to pick one! I enjoy the variety of activities available outdoors in all seasons. I also love trying new restaurants.

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: Become a public health professional or a food critic

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: There are many places I would go, such as - Alaska, Bali, Greece, Australia, and South Africa

Current Research Project: Nitrous Use for IUD Placement in Adolescents


Martina Gabra, MDName: Martina Gabra, MD

Hometown: Urbana, IL

Current Clinic: Women's Health Specialists

Undergraduate Education: University of Illinois - Champaign-Urbana, Molecular and Cellular Biology

Medical School: University of Illinois - Chicago

Plans after Residency: Fellowship: Urogyn or Gyn-Onc

What you enjoy most about the U of MN OBGYN Residency Program: "The residents are so friendly and helpful! I immediately felt at home!"

Favorite Twin Cities Activity: I am excited to participate in the many water sports available in Minneapolis.

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: Perform research

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: I would love to go back to Ireland!

Current Research Project: Treatment Response, Long-term Survival, and Morbidity of Conventional Readiotherapy (CRT) Compared to Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) for Treating Cervical Cancer in Non-surgical Candidates


Elizabeth Miller, MDName: Elizabeth Miller, MD

Hometown: Sioux Falls, SD

Current Clinic: Women's Health Specialists

Undergraduate Education: St. Olaf College, Dance and Psychology

Medical School: University of Iowa

Plans after Residency: I am interested in being a generalist, specializing in pediatric and adolescent gynecology, or doing a combination of both. I hope to practice in the Midwest

What you enjoy most about the U of MN OBGYN Residency Program: "The people in the residency program are incredible. My co-residents truly care about each other. We also have the opportunity to work at a variety of hospital and clinical sites, which allows us to interact with diverse patient populations and helps us decide where we might like to practice in the future."

Favorite Twin Cities Activity: It's difficult to narrow it down to one favorite activity. I enjoy kayaking and hiking as well as trying out new restaurants

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: I would open a dance studio and teach ballet, modern, tap, and jazz to children and adults

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: Reykjavik, Iceland

Current Research Project: Tranexamic Acid for Treatment of Acute Heavy Uterine Bleeding in Adolescents


Malinda Schaefer, MD, PhDName: Malinda Schaefer, MD, PhD

Hometown: Potosi, WI

Current Clinic: Hennepin County Medical Center

Undergraduate Education: University of Wisconsin - Lacrosse

PhD Program: University of Michigan

Medical School: Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership

Plans after Residency: MFM Fellowship and academic practice

What you enjoy most about the U of MN OBGYN Residency Program: "The other residents!"

Favorite Twin Cities Activity: Visiting different breweries and hanging out by the lakes

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: If I weren't a physician, I would be an artist or event planner

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: Almost anywhere with a beach

Current Research Project: Assessment of Congenital CMV Knowledge and Behaviors Associated with Prevention of Congenital CMV


Annelise Wilhite, MDName: Annelise Wilhite, MD

Hometown: Richmond, VA

Current Clinic: Saint Paul

Undergraduate Education: University of South Carolina

Medical School: University of Virginia

Plans after Residency: Undecided, maybe a generalist because I love all aspects of OB/GYN and I don't know if I would be able to give up obstetrics or gynecology

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: I would love to be a photographer for National Geographic or maybe train horses

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: There are so many places I'd love to go, but I really want to see Patagonia or maybe visit my brother in Norway

Current Research Project: Adherence to National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Guidelines for Risk Reducing Salpingo-oophorectomy in BRCA Mutation Carriers


Catherine Zhang, MD, MPHName: Catherine Zhang, MD, MPH

Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa

Current Clinic: Saint Paul

Undergraduate Education: University of Iowa, Integrative Physiology & Psychology

Masters Program: University of Iowa, Master of Public Health

Medical School: University of Iowa

Plans after Residency: I'm not quite sure yet, but I hope to figure it out in the next year or so! Either pursuing a fellowship or doing general

What you enjoy most about the U of MN OBGYN Residency Program: "The residents, staff, and administration are incredibly supportive and truly want you to succeed in becoming a competent and compassionate physician. I love the intern support lunch group that meets every Monday - it allows us to see each other despite busy and often conflicting schedules and is a great source of emotional and mental support!"

Favorite Twin Cities Activity: I have a lot more to explore, but I've enjoyed paddle boarding on the lakes and trying the variety of ethnic restaurants on Eat Street (I'm a big foodie!)

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: A counselor or opening up a wedding photography business

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: One week is not long enough, but probably somewhere in southeast Asia like Thailand

Current Research Project: The Effect of HPV Testing in the Detection of Adenocarcinoma in Situ of the Cervix

 

PGY 3

Sabrina Burn, MDName: Sabrina Burn, MD

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Current Clinic: Women's Health Specialists

Undergraduate Education: University of Wisconsin, Biology and Genetics

Medical School: University of South Dakota - Sanford School of Medicine

Plans after Residency: Undecided

What you enjoy most about the U of MN OBGYN Residency Program: "The great mentors, teachers, and providers. I also enjoy working with diverse patient populations and hospital systems."

Favorite Twin Cities Activity: Visiting local microbreweries, sampling the various ethnic restaurants, and hiking & canoeing.

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: Geneticist

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: New Zealand/Australia

Current Research Project: Fetal Nasal Bone Length in the East African Populations


Cara Clure, MDName: Cara Clure, MD

Hometown: Omaha, NE

Current Clinic: Women's Health Specialists

Undergraduate Education: Washington University in St. Louis

Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Plans after Residency: I'm interested in doing a family planning fellowship after residency

What you enjoy most about the U of MN OBGYN Residency Program: "The intern support group lunches are unique to our program and I looked forward to those each week!  I was also drawn to the program for the diversity of clinical training sites and experiences."

Favorite Twin Cities Activity: Biking around the city during the summer

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: I would have loved to be an artist, maybe an interior designer

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: South Asia

Current Research Project: Patients' Perspectives of Interpregnancy Intervals


Ariana Hoffman, MDName: Ariana Hoffman, MD

Hometown: Marshfield, WI

Current Clinic: Saint Paul

Undergraduate Education: St. Olaf College, Dance and Biology

Medical School: Rush Medical College

Plans after Residency: At this point I'm keeping an open mind about the possibility of fellowship, but ideally I would like to practice in the Twin Cities throughout my career.

What you enjoy most about the U of MN OBGYN Residency Program: "I'm really enjoying getting to know everyone in the program.  There are individuals from all over the country, from various medical schools, and with diverse life experiences."

Favorite Twin Cities Activity: This is the first time I've had a backyard, so I planted my first garden this spring.  I'm having a great time taking care of all the vegetables and flowers

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: I would have wanted to become an archaeologist

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: San Salvador Island in the Bahamas

Current Research Project: Immediate Post-placental (and Post-partum) IUD Insertion: Evaluation of Clinician Knowledge and Views


Nora King, MDName: Nora Flood, MD

Hometown: Saint Paul, MN

Current Clinic: Hennepin County Medical Center

Undergraduate Education: Boston University

Medical School: Mayo Medical School

Plans after Residency: Primary care OB/Gyn. I have a service commitment (4 years) with the NHSC and am not quite certain where that will take me, but afterwards I plan to move to Guatemala.

What you enjoy most about the U of MN OBGYN Residency Program: "Serving people from such varied backgrounds. I've really enjoyed hearing patients' stories, everything from the adventures of a Metro Transit bus driver to a patient who discovered she was friends with a long-lost relative of one of the hospital housekeepers who she'd lost contact with for 20 years!"

Favorite Twin Cities Activity: The bike paths and Minneapolis parks

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: I daydream about having been a park ranger, or any job that would allow me to hike around outdoors all day

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: I'd like to go visit my godson, who lives in Australia

Current Research Project: Disparities in Gynecologic Oncology Patients' Access to Palliative Care


Lindsay Lewis, MDName: Lindsay Lewis, MD

Hometown: Eden Prairie, MN

Current Clinic: Saint Paul

Undergraduate Education: University of Minnesota, Biology

Medical School: George Washington University

Plans after Residency: I will most likely be working as a generalist.

What you enjoy most about the U of MN OBGYN Residency Program: "My co-residents, intern support group, and resident retreats!"

Favorite Twin Cities Activity: Gopher and Vikings games and finding new restaurants.

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: I'd probably own a bakery or small business

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: Australia

Current Research Project: Surgical Management of the Morbidly Adherent Placenta: Single Institution Experience and Standardization of Care


Steph Mackenthun, MDName: Steph Mackenthun, MD

Hometown: Fridley, MN

Current Clinic: Hennepin County Medical Center

Undergraduate Education: College of St. Benedict/St. John's University, Biology

Medical School: University of Minnesota

Plans after Residency: Either general practice in the Twin Cities or considering MFM fellowship

What you enjoy most about the U of MN OBGYN Residency Program: "I really like that we rotate at several sites, each of which offers a unique set of characteristics in patient population and type of practice. I also appreciate the Monday afternoon conferences and the flexible PTO policy."

Favorite Twin Cities Activity: More of a favorite Minnesota activity-- heading up North to the cabin for boating/fishing/skiing/etc.

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: Open an Etsy shop with DIY projects and crafts or become a wedding planner.

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: Santorini, Greece or Bali, Indonesia

Current Research Project: Customized Weight Curves for Somali Fetuses and Newborns


Maggie Saccomano, MDName: Maggie Saccomano, MD

Hometown: Ledyard, CT

Current Clinic: Women's Health Specialists

Undergraduate Education: University of Arizona, Physiological Science

Medical School: University of Colorado

Plans after Residency: I am still undecided about what I would like to do with my career following residency. One of the wonderful things about the OB/GYN specialty is that it provides an avenue for so many wonderful career paths. At this point, I am most strongly considering a career as an generalist working at an academic medical center.

What you enjoy most about the U of MN OBGYN Residency Program: "My co-residents, they are incredibly intelligent and wonderfully supportive people."

Favorite Twin Cities Activity: Walking around the beautiful lakes with my corgi, Butters

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: Work as a horse trainer and horseback riding instructor

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: At home in Colorado with my family

Current Research Project: The Effect of a Visual Teaching Tool on Patients' and Providers' Understanding of Aneuploidy Screening in Prenatal Care


Lydia StaplesName: Lydia Staples, MD, MPH

Hometown: Alexandria, MN

Current Clinic: Hennepin County Medical Center

Undergraduate Education: Hope College, Chemistry and Spanish

Masters Program: Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Master of Public Health

Medical School: University of Minnesota

Plans after Residency: I have been considering fellowship in further gynecologic surgery, with my long-term plan to teach and train in obstetric and gynecologic surgery internationally- most likely in Dodoma, Tanzania.

What you enjoy most about the U of MN OBGYN Residency Program: "The incredible volumes and diversity of refugee patients, the variety of hospital settings ranging from private to county to academic, the overwhelming encouragement and support from attendings, one-on-one operating time with faculty, a large and fun resident class, the opportunity for global health activities, the knowledge and involvement of the program director, the research curriculum, and lastly the diversity of the Minneapolis area.  I am very happy to be apart of this program."

Favorite Twin Cities Activity: Its a toss-up between running on the winding trails along the Mississippi River and the abundance of nature throughout the city or trying out one of the hundreds of excellent foodie restaurants.

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: More likely than not, I would have continued with my previous job in global health consulting.  I really enjoyed the public policy and program-development piece of global public health and the many interesting people you meet along the way.

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: Dodoma, Tanzania or Zanzibar off the coast of East Africa

Current Research Project: Use of Self-Performed Laparoscopic Video Review to Improve Surgical Skills in an Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program


Sally ZanottoName: Sally Zanotto, MD

Hometown: Greybull, WY

Current Clinic: Hennepin County Medical Center

Undergraduate Education: Creighton University, Biology

Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine

Plans after Residency: I am still choosing between a career as a generalist or gyn-oncology.

What you enjoy most about the U of MN OBGYN Residency Program: "The diversity of our clincial sites! There's no other program like it."

Favorite Twin Cities Activity: Walking my two dogs in the countless parks and trails the city has to offer. It's so easy to enjoy the outdoors here.

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: If I were not in medicine, I would make my other hobbies my career - piano teacher, food critic, or travel blogger.

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: My favorite escape is to rural Dominican Republic

Current Research Project: Endometrial Evaluation and Sampling After Ablation


 

PGY 4

Justin Boeke, MDName: Justin Boeke, MD

Hometown: West Concord, MN

Current Clinic: Hennepin County Medical Center

Undergraduate Education: University of Minnesota, Sociology

Medical School: University of Minnesota

Plans after Residency: Practice general Ob/Gyn with some family planning

What you enjoy most about the U of MN OBGYN Residency Program: "We have an extremely broad range of experiences across our five hospitals (public, private, and academic) including many diverse patient populations, a wide breadth of pathologies and social complexities, different practice styles, surgical and procedural techniques, and many diverse faculty from which to learn."

Favorite Twin Cities Activity: Spending time outside on our many lakes and trails with my wife and two kids

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: Carpentry

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: Bathurst Inlet, Nunavut

Current Research Project: Women's Obstetric Care in the Setting of Incarceration


Allie Ellingson, MDName: Allie Ellingson, MD

Hometown: Willmar, MN

Current Clinic: Women's Health Specialists

Undergraduate Education: University of Minnesota, Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development and French

Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Plans after Residency: Undecided, but probably a generalist in the Twin Cities

What you enjoy most about the U of MN OBGYN Residency Program: "I love the variety of hospitals and clinics we rotate at because we are able to work with different patient populations, different staff, and various practice environments."

Favorite Twin Cities Activity: Checking out the awesome restaurants and breweries!

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: Own a bakery or be a dance instructor

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: Cinque Terre in the Italian Riviera

Current Research Project: Interval LARC Placement in Postpartum Patients


Amanda Ernst, MDName: Amanda Ernst, MD

Hometown: Walnut Creek, CA

Current Clinic: Saint Paul

Undergraduate Education: University of California - Davis

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

Plans after Residency: Undecided

What you enjoy most about the U of MN OBGYN Residency Program: "The people!"

Favorite Twin Cities Activity: Bike riding around the lakes

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: Probably something else in healthcare like physical therapy

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: Somewhere in Europe, maybe in the Mediterranean

Current Research Project: Incidence and Management of Severe Postpartum Hemorrhage at Regions Hospital


Kelsey Gelhaus, MDName: Kelsey Gelhaus, MD

Hometown: Staples, MN

Current Clinic: Hennepin County Medical Center

Undergraduate Education: St. Catherine University, Women's Studies, Chemistry, and Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity

Medical School: University of Minnesota

Plans after Residency: General Practice OB/GYN

What you enjoy most about the U of MN OBGYN Residency Program: "The people! Outstanding co-residents, faculty, and support staff who practice with an emphasis on teamwork and mentorship. I also love that we set our own call schedule as a class, so we can be available for our family and friends and maintain a healthy work/life balance."

Favorite Twin Cities Activity: Running with my dogs around the various lakes and dog parks. I also love anything in water, so you'll find me swimming, jet-skiing, pontooning or paddleboarding whenever I can!

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: That is hard to say, because being an OB/GYN is definitely the coolest job in the world. Maybe, Stay-at-Home Dog Mom?

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: Australia is next on my bucket list!

Current Research Project: Correlation of Preoperative HgbA1c in Diabetic Patients and Postoperative Outcomes


Laura Hanson, MDName: Laura Hanson, MD

Hometown: Bloomington, MN

Current Clinic: Saint Paul

Undergraduate Education: Saint Olaf College, Biology

Medical School: University of Minnesota

Plans after Residency: General practice OB/GYN in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area

What you enjoy most about the U of MN OBGYN Residency Program: "Both the wonderful co-residents and being able to train at multiple hospitals with diverse patient populations."

Favorite Twin Cities Activity: Visiting craft breweries and bike riding around Lake Harriet

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: I'd love to find a perfect combination of NGO work, travel, and photography.

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: Southern India

Current Research Project: High Dose Vitamin D Supplementation for Prevention of Gestational Diabetes in High Risk Women


Demetra Heinrich, MDName: Demetra Heinrich, MD

Hometown: Butte, MT

Current Clinic: Women's Health Specialists

Undergraduate Education: Gonzaga University, Biology and Philosophy

Medical School: University of Washington

Plans after Residency: I hope to be in a generalist practice in a smaller setting after residency.

What you enjoy most about the U of MN OBGYN Residency Program: "My fellow colleagues and support from attendings, director, and program coordinators."

Favorite Twin Cities Activity: Enjoying one of the many lakes in the city

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: I would probably have done something within the realm of public health

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: Argentina

Current Research Project: Early Elective Delivery and Vaginal Birth After Cesarean in Rural US Maternity Hospitals


Pamela Mills, MDName: Pamela Mills, MD, MPH

Hometown: Twin Falls, ID

Current Clinic: Saint Paul

Undergraduate Education: Whitman College, Biology

Medical School: University of Minnesota

Plans after Residency: General OB/GYN practice in the Northwest

What you enjoy most about the U of MN OBGYN Residency Program: "Flexible time off policy and willingness of residents to help when the service is busy or when someone needs time off unexpectedly."

Favorite Twin Cities Activity: Crashed ice and the Winter Carnival

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: Party planning and/or own a bakery. I'd also love to be a professional photographer

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: Greece

Current Research Project: EPIC Best Practice Alert for Obstetric Sepsis Identification and Management


Emily O'Neil, MDName: Emily O'Neil, MD

Hometown: Aitkin, MN

Current Clinic: Women's Health Specialists

Undergraduate Education: College of St. Scholastica, Natural Sciences and Psychology

Medical School: University of Minnesota

Plans after Residency: Undecided, but thinking about entering the field directly after graduation as a generalist or perusing a fellowship

What you enjoy most about the U of MN OBGYN Residency Program: "I enjoy my colleagues most! I also enjoy rotating at the various hospitals associated with our program."

Favorite Twin Cities Activity:  I enjoy activites on or near the lakes, touring and sampling the several craft breweries in the area, and attending various sporting events and concerts!

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: My second dream was to become an event planner.  I love planning and hosting parties

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: As much as I have enjoyed traveling to various countries, a "perfect" week for me would spending time with family and friends at a cabin in Wisconsin with a little four-wheeling, fishing, and good conversation over a campfire!

Current Research Project: Implementation of MVA use for Office-based Early Pregnancy Loss Management


Salma Shaker, MDName: Salma Shaker, MD

Hometown: Brooklyn Center, MN

Current Clinic: Women's Health Specialists

Undergraduate Education: University of Minnesota, Biomedical Engineering

Medical School: University of Minnesota

Plans after Residency: Undecided. Considering a fellowship or beginning general practice

What you enjoy most about the U of MN OBGYN Residency Program: "The variety of populations and wide range of medical complexity that we see. The other residents are great to work with too!"

Favorite Twin Cities Activity:  Going to the local movie theaters

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: Biomedical Engineering

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Current Research Project: American College of Surgeons Surgical Risk Calculator Predicts Discharge to Postacute Care in Older Gynecologic Oncology Patients Undergoing Laparotomy


 

Resident Graduation 2017

Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

Class of 2017 - Graduation

Resident Awards

ACOG CREOG Empower Award: Presented to a resident to create an innovative resource for OBGYN physician and resident education - Lydia Hartsell, MD, MPH

Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology Award: Presented to a resident in recognition of special excellence in minimally invasive gynecology surgery - Tana Kim, MD<

Hardin Olson, MD Research Day Award: Presented to the best PGY 3 and PGY 4 resident women's health basic science research presentation - Jonathan Scrafford, MD & Salma Shaker, MD<

Kirk D. Ramin, MD Award: Presented to a graduating resident who has distinguished themself by making significant contributions to improve the quality of the residency program - Nicole Woodley, MD

Leon L. Adcock, MD Award: Presented to a resident for excellence in teaching obstetrics and gynecology to medical students - Alexandra Ellingson, MD

Raymond J. Albrecht, MD Award: Presented to the senior resident whose activities in clinical care and teaching approach the highest values of the practice - Jonathan Scrafford, MD

Ryan Program Award for Excellence in Family PlanningPresented to the resident who best exemplifies the dedication to service, training, and education in contraception and abortion that characterizes the national Ryan Program - Amy Millar, MD

SASGOG Resident Award: Presented to a graduating resident who has distinguished themselves academically and demonstrated an interest in a career as an Academic Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology - Dana Scott, MD

Faculty Awards

CREOG Award for Excellence in Resident EducationPresented to a member of the faculty for excellence in teaching residents - Buvana Reddy, MD

Gynecology Oncology Excellence in Teaching Award: Presented to a Gynecology Oncology faculty member as selected by the fellows - Melissa Geller, MD

Leonard A. Lang, MD AwardPresented to a member of the Clinical Faculty of the Dept. of OB/GYN for excellence in teaching of Obstetrics and Gynecology - William Madland, MD

SASGOG Faculty Award: Presented to a faculty member that exhibits excellence in clinical care of women, mentor-ship and career development of academic specialists, and research/scholarship in general obstetrics and gynecology - Buvana Reddy, MD

Research Day 2018

Resident & Fellow Research Day 2018

Date: Monday, May 7th - 8:00am-4:00pm

Location: TBD

Dr. Kimberly Kenton Key Note Speaker: Kimberly Sue Kenton, MD
 Chief of Urogynecology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
 Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive (Urogynecology)) and Urology
 Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Biography:  Dr. Kenton is board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology & Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery. She is a Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Urology and serves as Chief of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery as well as the fellowship program director.
After completing her fellowship, she joined faculty at Loyola University, serving as Division and Fellowship Director of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery and Residency Director of Obstetrics & Gynecology prior to joining Northwestern Medicine.  She is the Director of NM’s Women’s Integrated Pelvic Health Program.
Dr. Kenton earned national and international recognition for treatment of women with complex pelvic floor disorders and minimally invasive surgical techniques with laparoscopy and robotics. Her clinical interests include treatment of urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, fecal incontinence, complex urinary and rectal fistulas, mesh complications and congenital anomalies.  She possesses substantial expertise in clinical outcomes research, earning a Master of Science in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis at the University of Michigan.  She served as primary investigator on several studies funded by the National Institutes of Health, which lead to advances in surgical treatment and outcomes for women with urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.  Dr. Kenton has authored or co-authored over 175 scientific papers and currently serves on the editorial boards of Obstetrics & Gynecology and the Journal of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery.
Dr. Kenton is a nationally recognized leader in surgical education, developing innovative surgery and research educational curricula, and serving as a member of the ACGME Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Review Committee.   She is a member of the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology Division of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery and holds leadership positions in several other national surgical organizations.

Contributions: 
The Hardin E. Olson Award was established to honor Dr. Hardin Olson for his many years of service to the clinical faculty and his ten years of service as full time faculty. He was a teacher and mentor to many residents and students in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women's Health. We also want to honor his service to the community at the Community University Health Care Center (CUHCC) in Minneapolis. Each year, the Hardin E. Olson Award is given to the senior resident who presents the best research at the Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women's Health Resident and Fellow Research Day. The winner of this award will be acknowledged at Resident and Fellow Graduation in June.