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Interns

Chen ChenName: Chen Chen, MD

Hometown: Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China

Current Clinic: Hennepin County Medical Center

Undergraduate Education: University of Minnesota - Morris

Medical School: University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Plans after Residency: Gyn Onc Fellowship

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: I'd be a veterinarian. I love animals, especially the furry ones. 

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


Elizabeth FronekName: Elizabeth Fronek, MD

Hometown: Woodbury, Minnesota

Current Clinic: Women's Health Specialists

Undergraduate Education: University of Minnesota, Genetics, Cell Biology, & Development

Medical School: University of Minnesota

Plans after Residency: "I am interested in a fellowship in Family Planning and Academic medicine, but I'm keeping my options open."

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: "I would probably be a chef and would like to travel around the world learning how to cook different styles of food."

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: "I would love to travel to so many different places. The next big trip on my list is Thailand."


Jennifer HagenName: Jennifer Hagen, MD

Hometown: Chaska, MN

Current Clinic: Women's Health Specialists

Undergraduate Education: University of Wisconsin - Madison

Medical School: University of Minnesota

Plans after Residency: I'm unsure if I will work as a generalist or pursue a fellowship, but either way I plan to work in academics.

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?Become a Dietician. I majored in Dietetics in undergrad and I am really passionate about nutrition and prevention.

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?There are so many places I’d love to travel. My sister recently moved to Seoul, South Korea and I am hoping to visit this year!


Jessica HolttumName: Jess Holttum, MD

Hometown: Mukilteo, WA

Current Clinic: Saint Paul

Undergraduate Education: University of Washington

Masters Program: Washington University in St. Louis - MPHS

Medical School: Washington University in St. Louis

Plans after Residency: I am deciding between generalist practice and fellowship. I would like to be involved in medical education in some capacity too!

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?I would work in a bakery and perfect my cake decorating abilities.

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


Tenley KlcName: Tenley Klc, MD, MPH

Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah

Current Clinic: Saint Paul

Undergraduate Education: University of Redlands

Masters Program: University of Utah, Master of Public Health

Medical School: University of Utah

Plans after Residency: "Most likely working as a generalist, hopefully at an academic institution."

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: "I would be a violinist in a traveling orchestra so that I could combine my love for music with the experience of traveling to different parts of the world."

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: "I have a long list of places I want to visit, but next on my list is Florence, Italy."


Alisha LindbergName: Alisha Lindberg, MD

Hometown: Scandia, MN

Current Clinic: Hennepin County Medical Center

Undergraduate Education: University of Minnesota - Morris

Medical School: University of Minnesota

Plans after Residency: "I plan to practice as a generalist, possibly in academics or a rural underserved community...to be determined!"

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: "I would be a wedding planner, own a coffee/floral shop, and run an animal shelter."

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


Audrey MesseltName: Audrey Messelt, MD

Hometown: Savage, MN

Current Clinic: Hennepin County Medical Center

Undergraduate Education: Gustavus Adolphus College

Medical School: University of Minnesota

Plans after Residency: "Not sure yet, open to everything and maybe interested in Family Planning."

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: "Health Teacher"

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


Mackenzie ThayerName: MacKenzie Thayer, MD

Hometown: Bloomington, Minnesota

Current Clinic: Saint Paul

Undergraduate Education: University of Wisconsin - Madison

Medical School: University of Iowa

Plans after Residency: "Not certain. I will likely be a generalist in the Twin Cities, but am also interested in an REI fellowship."

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: "I think I would open an ice cream shop!"

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: "Peru - I would love to hike Machu Picchu!"


Dani WestenbergName: Dani Westenberg, MD

Hometown: Green Bay, WI

Current Clinic: Women's Health Specialists

Undergraduate Education: Northwestern University

Medical School: University of Wisconsin

Plans after Residency: I am interested in pursuing a fellowship in one of the gynecologic subspecialties, such as Gynecologic Oncology or FPMRS.

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: If I weren't a physician, I would want to be a sommelier who travels around the world sampling wine.

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: I would spend a week in Florence, going to museums and eating amazing food.

 

PGY 2

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

Current Research Project: Delivery of the Deeply Impacted Fetal Head During Cesarean Section

Research Mentor: Kamalini Das, MBBS


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 ResidencyGoing into intern year I had planned on being a generalist. Oncology might be winning me over though...

What you enjoy most about the U of MN OBGYN Residency Program?: My fellow residents and the PTO policy

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! During intern year I was able to go to Costa Rica, Miami, Toronto, DC, Lake Superior, and New Orleans.


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

Current Research Project: Antibiotic Use in Third and Fourth Degree Perineal Tears and Prevention of Wound Complications

Research Mentor: Carrie Terrell, MD


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

Current Research Project: Family Planning and Waiting Periods

Research Mentor: Christy Boraas, MD, MPH


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

Current Research Project: Utilizing Social Media to Explore Parental Attitudes Regarding HPV Vaccine

Research Mentor: Deanna Teoh, MD


Alex Schefter, MDName: Alexandra 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 at this point, but keeping options open for fellowship

What you enjoy most about the U of MN OBGYN Residency Program?: Obviously my co-residents! But also that we are given the opportunity to participate in procedures and surgeries from day one with really good support and teaching from our senior residents.

Favorite Twin Cities Activity: Trying new restaurants, running along the lakes, and acquiring new winter activity skills like XC skiing and knitting

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?I had a mid-college crisis and thought I wanted to work toward a PhD in biophysics, but took time off after college to work in a lab and missed working with people.

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?Anywhere with good food, good hiking, and good friends. I'm very excited for my next adventure to Cartagena, Colombia!

Current Research Project: Will a Designated Gyn Oncology Curriculum Carried Out During the Gyn Onc Rotation for OBGYN Resident Change Gyn Onc Specific CREOG Scores and/or Will It Increase Resident Satisfaction of the Gyn Onc Rotation?

Research Mentor: Colleen Rivard, MD


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

Research Project: Pregnancy Outcomes at the Extremes of Maternal Ages

Research Mentor: Cresta Jones, MD


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

What you enjoy most about the U of MN OBGYN Residency Program?: We have such a supportive, cooperative group of residents and faculty. I know that both my learning and well-being is a priority! Our class group text is always good if you need a sounding board, a quick tip, or a good laugh!

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?: So many places! Looking forward to a big family trip to Spain next year. It will be my first time back since studying abroad there!

Current Research Project: Examining the Success Rates and Complications of IUD Placement in Adolescents at Planned Parenthood, MN, ND, SD Affiliate

Research Mentor: Christy Boraas, MD. MPH


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: "I love the Twin Cities and would like to work as a generalist in the area."

What you enjoy most about the U of MN OBGYN Residency Program: "I enjoy night float breakfast, intern support group lunch, journal club dinners, and my co-residents."

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

Current Research Project: Why is There a Higher C-Section Rate for Failed Induction of Labor in Obese Women Compared to Normal BMI Women?

Research Mentor: Buvana Reddy, MD


 

PGY 3

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: First Trimester Phthalates in the Development of Hypertensive Diseases of Pregnancy

Research Mentor: Ruby Nguyen, PhD


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 Ratio (PLR) as Predictors of Response to Treatment in Lower Stage Cervical Cancer

Mentor: Deanna Teoh, MD


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, family planning, and women's health and pursue a career as a generalist.

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

Research Mentor: Rachel Miller, MD


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

Research Mentor: Colleen Rivard, MD


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

Research Mentor: Rachel Miller, MD


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 Pregnant Women's Knowledge and Attitudes Towards Prevention of Cytomegalovirus Infection in the Minneapolis Metropolitan Area

Research Mentor: Jessica Nyholm, MD


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

Research MentorBritt Erickson, MD


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: Fellowship, likely in Gynecologic Oncology

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: Activities around the lake (paddle boarding, kayaking, running, etc.) and trying new restaurants

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: Counselor or wedding photographer

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

Research Mentor: Britt Erickson, MD

 

PGY 4

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: Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship at the University of Minnesota

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 Population

Research Mentor: Katherine Jacobs, DO


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

Research Mentor: Christy Boraas, MD, MPH


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

Research Mentor: Elizabeth Slagle, MD


Nora King, MDName: Nora Flood, MD

Hometown: Saint Paul, MN

Current Clinic: Women's Health Specialists

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

Research Mentor: Colleen Rivard, MD


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

Research Mentor:  Sally Mullany, MD


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: Impact of Shortened Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship on Medical Student Grades, Shelf Exam Scores, and Student Satisfaction

Research Mentor: Sarah Hutto, MD, MPH


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: Risk Factors for Postpartum Readmission in Patients with Hypertensive Disease in Pregnancy

Research Mentor: Rebecca Petersen, MD


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: Pilot Study Assessing the Prevalence of Schistosomiasis Haematobium Among Tanzanian Obstetric Fistula Patients and Potential Impact of Infection on Fistula Characteristics and Surgical Outcomes

Research Mentors: Kristin Chrouser, MD and John Fischer, MD


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: Negative Pressure Wound Therapy in Gynecologic Oncology Patients: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Research Mentors: Colleen Rivard, MD and Deanna Teoh, MD