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North Memorial Residents

Read what North Memorial graduates say about their residency experience.

 

2014-2015
 

First Year

   
FM North Memorial resident Meredith Bourne Meredith Bourne, MD
Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin
Undergrad: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Medical school: University of Wisconsin
Medical interests: Chemical dependency, primary care psychiatry, reproductive health, integrative medicine, care for LGBT patients, adolescent medicine, social determinants of health, community medicine and advocacy
Personal interests: Cooking and eating delicious vegan food, long walks outside, meditation and mindfulness, road trips to beautiful places, being a honey badger in gopher land
Why North Memorial: Incredible faculty with diverse interests and experience, culture of collaborative teaching and learning, funny and compassionate co-residents, great program and hospital reputation, regional trauma center training including NICU, working with diverse and resilient patients
FM NM Chung Camille DeLisi, DO
Hometown: Crystal, Minnesota
Undergrad: Illinois Wesleyan University
Medical school: Des Moines University
Medical interests: Underserved medicine, OB and prenatal care, addiction treatment, global medicine, OMT
Personal interests: Spending time with family and friends, enjoying the outdoors, nordic skiing, traveling
Why North Memorial: Wonderful faculty and support staff, DO specific training and opportunities, vibrant North Minneapolis community, commitment to underserved, weekly protected didactic time
FM North Memorial resident Helland Erica Gathje, MD
Hometown: St Charles, Minnesota
Undergrad: University of St. Thomas
Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: OB, underserved communities, public health, public policy
Personal interests: Running, baking, tennis, movies, puzzles
Why North Memorial: Great faculty and residents that make me feel at home, good broad spectrum care, lots of OB, emphasis on the underserved community they serve and getting involved in that community to improve their health
FM NM Hired Laura Giegler, MD
Hometown: River Forest, Illinois
Undergrad: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Medical school: University of Illinois
Medical interests: Underserved care, global health, public health, chronic disease management
Personal interests: Travel, mountain climbing, canoeing, kayaking, sports
Why North Memorial: Underserved and diverse patient population, supportive learning environment, interdisciplinary approach to healthcare at continuity clinic
FM North Memorial resident Jama Claudia Patiño, MD, MSc
Hometown: Bogota, Colombia
Graduate School: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Medical school:
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
Medical interests: Chronic diseases, adolescent and women’s health, preventive care and health promotion, integrative medicine
Personal interests:
Reading, hiking, meditating, spending time with my partner and family
Why North Memorial:
Compassionate, patient-centered care; underserved population; highly supportive faculty; strong curriculum and clinical opportunities; only residents at hospital

FM North Memorial resident Karmarkar William Paulson, MD
Hometown: Ham Lake, Minnesota
Undergrad: University of La Verne
Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Sports medicine, global health
Personal interests: Sports, affordably priced professional attire
Why North Memorial: 1. Outstanding faculty that is second-to-none! 2. Great connections and opportunities in sports medicine and global health. 3.Modern hospital facility that is efficient with supportive staff
FM North Memorial resident LaBounty Eva Pesch, MD
Hometown: St. Cloud, Minnesota
Undergrad:
St. Olaf College
Medical school:
University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Underserved medicine, maternal and child health, addiction medicine
Personal interests:
Running, camping, hiking, cooking, yoga, reading, gardening, cross country skiing, karaoke, dance parties
Why North Memorial:
Emphasis on underserved medicine, broad spectrum, good combination of autonomy and support, diversity in residents' backgrounds
FM North Memorial resident Pleasants

Charles Salmen, MD, MPhil
Hometown: Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Undergrad:
Duke University
Graduate school:
Oxford University
Medical school:
University of California, San Francisco
Medical interests: Rural medicine, human ecology, community resilience, agriculture and health, infectious disease, and HIV/AIDS epidemiology
Personal interests: Carpentry, wilderness, homebrew, bees, trout
Why North Memorial: The team spirit that energizes the culture here, the inspired faculty who serve within this community of diverse needs, and the chance to build a broad practical skill set for clinical practice in the rural Midwest and western Kenya

FM North Memorial resident Reff Helen Thomas, MD
Hometown: Coon Rapids, Iowa
Undergrad: Macalester College
Medical school: Michigan State University
Medical interests: Women's health, rural medicine, underserved medicine, public health, geriatrics
Personal interests: Biking, gardening, cooking, singing, brewing beer
Why North Memorial: The residents and faculty are hard-working, down to earth people who really walk the talk when it comes to underserved medicine. They are also a fun-loving bunch with diverse interests.
FM North Memorial resident Reff Aaron Ulland, MD, MPH
Hometown: Stillwater, Minnesota
Undergrad: St. John’s University
Graduate school: George Washington University
Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Pediatric and adolescent health, preventive health, smoking cessation
Personal interests: Hiking, biking, skiing, reading, traveling, music, reciting "Flight of the Conchords" quotes
Why North Memorial: The people! The faculty and other residents are amazing people, and the patients are great to work with. I also love the program’s strong emphasis on community and public health.
   

Second Year

   
FMCH Education Residency North Memorial Residents Birkland

Bassim Birkland, MD, MPH
Hometown:
St. Paul, Minnesota
Undergrad:
University of Minnesota
Medical school:
Medical University of South Carolina
Medical interests: Infectious disease, epidemiology, global health, health disparities, health equity, health systems
Personal interests: Travel
Why North Memorial: Underserved patient population, great faculty, broad spectrum training
 

 

 
FMCH Education Residency North Memorial Residents Franchi Winters  Rachel Franchi-Winters, DO
Hometown:
Athol, Maine
Undergrad:
Simmons College
Medical school:
Midwestern UniversityArizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Medical interests: Social determinants of health, research, chronic disease, women's health, community medicine
Personal interests: Camping, road trips, thrift shopping, yoga, board games
Why North Memorial: Great fit on interview day, diverse and enthusiastic faculty and residents, broad spectrum training, underserved patient population, intensive weekly didactics
FMCH Education Residency North Memorial Residents Hubbell  Alexander Hubbell, MD, MPH
Hometown:
Des Moines, Iowa
Undergrad:
Harvard University
Medical school:
University of Iowa
Medical interests: Public health/policy, international medicine, electronic health record, telemedicine, underserved care
Personal interests: General sporting/frolicking, board games
Why North Memorial: Range of opportunities and diverse interests and personalities of faculty and residents
 FMCH Education Residency North Memorial Residents Kidd Emily Kidd, MD
Hometown:
Rochester, Minnesota
Undergrad:
University of Minnesota
Medical school:
Boston University
Medical interests: Urban underserved, maternal and child health
Personal interests: Running, hiking, traveling
Why North Memorial: Supportive and talented faculty and residents, broad spectrum training, diverse patient population, outreach opportunities
 FMCH Education Residency North Memorial Residents Lownick Elizabeth Lownik, MD, MPH
Hometown:
Hales Corner, Wisconsin
Undergrad:
University of Dayton
Medical school:
University of Minnesota
Medical interests: International health, public health, systems and quality improvement
Personal interests: Running, biking, climbing, books, traveling, spending time with family and friends
Why North Memorial: 1) The people: patients, faculty, residents; 2) The learning: great teachers, didactics, clinical opportunities
 FMCH Education Residency North Memorial Residents Medina Eduardo Medina, MD, MPH
Hometown:
New York City, New York
Undergrad:
Wesleyan University
Medical school:
University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Underserved care, history of medicine, public health, single payer health care, health disparities
Personal interests: Music, sports, travel
Why North Memorial: I chose North Memorial for the commitment to the North Minneapolis community, excellent faculty, and recognition of the impact of social determinants of health. 
 FMCH Education Residency North Memorial Residents Mustain

Nathan Mustain, MD
Hometown:
Urbana, Illinois
Undergrad:
Loyola University Chicago
Medical school:
University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Underserved medicine, social medicine, global health, OB, sports medicine, evidence-based medicine
Personal interests: Mountains, travel, exercise, reading, music
Why North Memorial: Unparalleled compassion; brilliance and dedication in staff; fun and challenging patient population

 FMCH Education Residency North Memorial Residents Pyform Natasha Pyfrom, MD
Hometown:
Omaha, Nebraska
Undergrad:
University of Nebraska Omaha
Medical school:
Creighton University
Medical interests: Underserved medicine, emergency care, global health, sexual health, sports medicine
Personal interests: Faith, family, tennis, time outdoors, reading, trying new hairstyles, staying warm
Why North Memorial: Level I trauma center; underserved patient population; world renowned Program in Human Sexuality at the University of Minnesota; large, diverse group of residents, faculty, and staff
 FMCH Education Residency North Memorial Residents Spingarn Russell Spingarn, MD
Hometown:
Ithaca, New York
Undergrad:
McGill University
Medical school:
University of Pittsburgh
Medical interests: Rural medicine, global health, motivational interviewing
Personal interests: Read, play the piano, enjoy the outdoors
Why North Memorial: I chose North Memorial because of its emphasis on serving the underserved and its full spectrum family medicine training (including pediatrics and OB). The faculty and residents are very knowledgeable and approachable. I knew my training would prepare me to practice in any setting. 
 FMCH Education Residency North Memorial Residents Widstrom Luke Widstrom, DO
Hometown:
Duluth, Minnesota
Undergrad:
Bethel University
Medical school:
Des Moines University
Medical interests: Sports medicine, wilderness medicine, osteopathic manipulation, international medicine
Personal interests: Skiing, basketball, running, hiking, backpacking, fishing, music, trying new restaurants, traveling
Why North Memorial: Great faculty committed to teaching, excellent sports medicine opportunities, underserved patient population, passionate residents, DO faculty, international practice opportunities
   

Third Year

 
FM NM Res T Christensen

Trent Christensen, MD
Hometown:
Thief River Falls, Minnesota
Undergrad:
University of North Dakota
Medical school:
University of Minnesota
Medical interests:
Sports medicine
Personal interests:
Sports, weight lifting, half price appetizers
Why North Memorial:
Great sports medicine opportunities, great faculty, good facilities

FM NM Res B Gilbertson Betsy Gilbertson, MD
Hometown:
St. Paul, Minnesota
Undergrad:
Carleton College
Medical school:
Creighton University
Medical interests:
Urban underserved medicine, women's health
Personal interests:
Biking, cooking, spending time outdoors
Why North Memorial:
Diverse patient populations, community involvement, great faculty and residents, commitment to teaching
FM NM Res D Goodman Dave Goodman, MD
Hometown:
Syracuse, New York
Undergrad:
Franklin and Marshall College
Medical school:
George Washington University
Medical interests:
Care coordination, underserved care
Personal interests:
Tennis, biking, thrift store ties
Why North Memorial:
UMN's strong reputation for family medicine; continuity clinic in an underserved community; welcoming faculty who seemed genuinely interested in teaching
FM NM Res K Kallestad

Kristin (Krissy) Kallestad, MD, PhD
Hometown:
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
Undergrad:
St. Catherine's University
Medical school:
University of Minnesota
Medical interests:
Chemical dependency, mental health, women's health, pediatrics
Personal interests:
Camping, hiking, cooking, reading, spending time with my husband and daughter
Why North Memorial:
Faculty diversity and enthusiasm, underserved patient population

FMCH North Memorial Resident Tim Kufahl Photo Timothy Kufahl, MD, MS
Hometown:
Merrill, Wisconsin
Undergrad:
Marquette University
Medical school:
University of Wisconsin
Medical interests:
Underserved, community, and global health; wilderness medicine
Personal interests:
Mountain and road cycling, backpacking, hiking, Nordic skiing
Why North Memorial:
This residency offers an incredible opportunity to work with exceptional faculty and staff in an environment emphasizing teamwork and fostering leadership, with the goal to help serve the unique, underserved community of North Minneapolis. Also, Minneapolis is an amazing city, offering culture and access to the outdoors.
FMCH North Memorial Resident Elycia Matushin Severson Photo Elycia Matushin, MD
Hometown:
Aberdeen, South Dakota
Undergrad:
University of Minnesota
Medical school:
University of South Dakota
Medical interests:
Adolescent and rural medicine, women's health
Personal interests:
Reading, cooking, spending time with family
Why North Memorial:
Great faculty, broad spectrum training, only residents in the hospital, diverse community
FMCH Education Residency North Memorial Residents Maxwell Photo Shane Maxwell, DO
Hometown: Chattanooga, Tennessee
Undergrad: Bryan College
Medical school: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Medical interest: Sports medicine
Personal interests: Spending time with family, watching University of Tennessee football, soccer, cycling, playing guitar and mandolin
Why North Memorial: Sports medicine opportunities, excellent relationships between faculty and residents, faculty dedication to personal growth
 
FM NM Res L McClean Lisa McClean, MD
Hometown:
Mahtomedi, Minnesota
Undergrad:
Harvard University
Medical school:
University of Minnesota
Medical interests:
Urban underserved medicine, procedures
Personal interests:
Board games, trivia, movies
Why North Memorial:
I rotated at Broadway Family Medicine in medical school. The faculty, residents, and patient population were great to work with.
FM NM Res L Sederberg Elisabeth Sederberg, MD
Hometown:
Duluth, Minnesota
Undergrad:
Carleton College
Medical school:
Medical College of Wisconsin
Medical interests:
Rural and international medicine, underserved OB, behavioral health, health policy
Personal interests:
Running, reading, cooking, playing Frisbee, playing with my dog, playing cello, Nordic skiing, camping
Why North Memorial:
Inspiring, fun, interesting residents; faculty committed to each other and their patients; opportunities for rural, urban, and international practice
FM NM Res A Vlasak Andrea Vlasak, MD
Hometown:
Rochester, Minnesota
Undergrad:
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Medical school:
University of Minnesota
Medical interests:
OB, sports medicine, public health
Personal interests:
Reading, hiking, biking, movies, trivia, cooking
Why North Memorial:
Underserved patient population, diverse faculty interests, great OB opportunities, large resident group to socialize with
FM NM Res C Walsh Cora Walsh, MD
Hometown:
Buffalo, Minnesota
Undergrad:
Denison University
Medical school:
Cornell University
Medical interests:
Underserved medicine, including global health, community health, and health policy
Personal interests:
Music, running, biking, kayaking, cooking, thrift store shopping
Why North Memorial:
I chose North Memorial because of the focus on underserved populations and community health; diversity of faculty strengths; didactics curriculum; and engagement with health policy. Also, I loved the culture of the program: the support, mentorship and community between residents and faculty, and energy.

 


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