Gustavus Health Professions Podcast
By Heather Banks
Gustavus Health Professions PodcastJan 16, 2023
Summer Research featuring Kade Copple '24
In today's episode we welcome Kade Copple to our podcast. The focus of our podcast is Summer Research opportunities. Kade is a Senior Biology Honors major and is a student athlete competing on the Gustavus swim team. Kade has participated in three summer research opportunities, and he will share his experiences with us today.
Gustavus FYRE program (First year Students)
Mayo SURF program
UC San Francisco program & Amgen Scholarship
St. George University Advisor Trip
We will be highlighting for you our Advisor trip to St. George University in Grenada. Grenada is a Caribbean island in the West Indies. Our visit was focused on their School of Medicine and School of Veterinary Medicine. We will share with you some of the highlights we learned about the University and from our time on the island.
1. We were first schooled in how to properly pronounce the island, it is Grenada, not NAIDA. Grenada is a developing country, the average annual income is $9,340 US dollars. The official language is English.
2. St. George University is considered as one of the Big 4 Caribbean medical schools. These are international schools that are seen as being at the top of the pack because of having higher USMLE pass rates and strong residency match rates. We heard from faculty and staff about how the curriculum was structures and the supports that were in place to help students be successful. With a MD incoming class of 600+ students faculty and administrators spoke about breaking down the large class into small groups in order to into build in support systems for the large class sizes.
The USMLR Step 1 pass rate for St. George University is 89% for first-time test-takers over the last five years.
Compared to the USMLR Step 1 pass rate for ALL U.S. medical schools, 96% over the past 5 year
The USMLE Step 2ck pass rate for St. George University is 90% first- time test-takers over the last five years
Compared to the USMLR Step 1 pass rate for ALL U.S. medical schools, 98% over the past 5 years 2018-2022
ALL USMLE https://www.usmle.org/performance-data
3. For year one and two students are taking their course work at St. George University. During Year 3 and Year 4 (Clinical Training) happens at SGU’s 70 affiliated hospitals and clinics across the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Grenada.
4. Residency matching is another thing that is looked at closely when considering attending an international medical program.
Over the past 5-year St. George University has a 95 % residency placement rate.
The majority of graduates from SGU have residency placements in Internal Medicine and Family Medicine.
In 2022 the US Residency Placement by specialty at SGU, included 4 top areas:
Internal medicine 36%
Family Medicine 22%
Emergency Medicine 12%
Pediatric Medicine 10%
American graduates from U.S. allopathic institutions make up more than 90 percent of the residency programs for neurological surgery, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology, and thoracic surgery. These are the most competitive residencies and someone at SGU can get those residencies, but they are more of the exception at 1% of the residency placements.
5. School Of Medicine Accreditation
· USMLE Step exams
· US clinical rotations
· Eligibility for US residency placement
· The physician licensing process in the US and many other countries.
· To name a few things!
George's University School of Veterinary Medicine is one of the few schools in the world accredited by both the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA COE) in the United States and Canada, as well as the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) in the United Kingdom."
Phlebotomy program through Mayo College of Health and Science with guest Cadence Selzler Campion
Phlebotomy program through Mayo College of Health and Science offeres a FREE program to be trained as a phlebotomist. In this episode we speak with guest Cadence Selzler-Campion who this past summer did the 2 month program
Mayo free programs infrormation:
6 cohorts a year (2 in the summer that can be completed before returning to college)
Free tuition, no other fees
Stipend of $3500 paid over the 9 weeks
20 weeks- first 12 weeks are online, last 8 weeks are full time
2 cohorts- January and July (this would run into fall start of college)
Free tuition, around $400 in other expenses
Stipend of $3500 paid over the last 8 weeks
They do have a clinical site in Mankato if people didn’t want to come to Rochester
2 cohorts a year
Must have associate degree or higher or come through RCTC
Clinical Neurophysiology Technology- https://college.mayo.edu/academics/health-sciences-education/clinical-neurophysiology-technology-program-minnesota/how-to-apply/
Must have degree or come through RCTC
Speech-Language Pathology with Isabel St. Dennis
Isabel St. Dennis '21 is currently pursuing a masters in speech and language pathology at the University of Minnesota. This is a career that we are certainly seeing as up and coming! Isabel shares her journey with us through Gustavus and now at the U of MN.
Speech-Language Pathology Salary for Minnesota
University of Minnesota MA in Speech-Language Pathology
Isabel graciously shared her contact info. with any Gustavus student who may be interested in this path and want to ask her any questions.
See us, Heather or Heidi within the Office of Health Professions if you would like to learn more about Speech and Language Pathology.
Medical Cannabis Director Chris Tholkes, Minnesota Department of Health
In episode 55 Chris Tholkes, Director of the Office of Medical Cannabis at the Minnesota Department of Health. Chris earned her Bachelor of Science in Community Health from Minnesota State Moorhead and her Masters of Public Administration from Hamline University. Chris has an extensive background working for the MN Department of Health beginning in 2009, so for the past 14 years has held a variety of positions focused on improving population and community health. Her role as the Director of the Medical Cannabis program is one where she is setting the rules and policies. Cannabis is still illegal at the federal government level so at the state level they are creating their own regulations and policies. Minnesota is a leader on researching medical cannabis effectiveness with requiring a patient self-evaluation prior to meeting with a Pharmacist (Pharm-D) at a medical cannabis dispensary.
This was an area that was very new to us and we learned a lot. We would encourage you to listen and learn. In researching for the podcast here are some of the videos we watched below. Also, the qualifying medical conditions.
MN Department of Health Medical Cannabis website: https://www.health.state.mn.us/people/cannabis/index.html
The Minnesota Medical Cannabis Program: Jonathan’s Story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89AxHenylC4
The Minnesota Medical Cannabis Program: Mike's Story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqqzb1kz42E
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
Autism spectrum disorder (must meet DSM-5)
Chronic motor or vocal tic disorder
Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease
Irritable bowel syndrome
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy
Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis (MS)
Sickle cell disease
Terminal illness, with a probable life expectancy of less than one year*
Dr. Travis McKenzie Surgeon Mayo Clinic
Dr. Travis McKenzie specializes in Endocrine and Metabolic surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He shares his path starting from growing up in Alaska to attending Gustavus, and then medical school at Tufts University, residency in surgery at the Mayo Clinic and two one year fellowships to finish off his surgery training. Dr, McKenzie was a pleasure to speak with and offered many great words of wisdom and pieces of advice. We especially loved his story about his interview at Tufts Medical School and what he thinks made him stand out.
Annika Reierson and Christina Schmidt with the Alaska Experience - January Term Career Exploration
January Term Career Exploration- Alaska Experience
In this episode we hear from the two students that were selected for this opportunity with Capstone Clinic in Wasilla/Palmer Alaska. If you are at all interested in this opportunity or any J-term opportunity this will be a great episode for you to listen to.
Here is a link to Capstone Clinic in Alaska https://capstoneclinic.com/
Gustavus Pre-Health Volunteer partner programs
In this episode we talk with three Gusties:
- Quintin Morris '23
- Ezedin Seid '24
- Sydney Regalado '22
These three students have been active participants in our volunteer programs. Great way to learn more about each of the programs, what skills you will gain and ways for you to give back. The three featured programs:
Mayo Clinic Caring Hands Program: Caring Hands Service Summary: Massage therapy has shown to aid in addressing pain, distress, fatigue, anxiety, stress and muscular discomfort in patients with various types of disease. Hand massage is simple, comforting and less time consuming than a standard massage session. Because of its shorter duration, hand massage is an ideal intervention in a busy hospital and clinical settings. Volunteers provide 10 -15 minute hand massages. The Gustavus Caring Hands volunteers provide a non-therapeutic, light, gentle and slow hand massage to patients, caregivers and/or family members.
Ecumen Hospice Program: As a volunteer, you are an important part of our multi- disciplinary team, offering comfort, support, friendship and presence to our patients and their families at an important stage of life. A Companion volunteer provides a personal interaction, comforting presence, and small moments of joy. Companions can also offer caregiver respite and/or practical help around the home.
Parkinson's Exercise Class and Parkinson's Kicking Boxing Class:
Big for Life LSVT BIG® Certified clinician. LSVT is an innovative and CLINICALLY PROVEN method for improving communication and movement in individuals with Parkinson’s disease with application to other neurological conditions.
Rock Steady Boxing is an exercise program specifically designed for men and women at all stages of Parkinson's to manage their symptoms through exercise. Several medical studies on exercise and Parkinson’s have concluded that forced intense exercise can slow the progression of Parkinson’s. In other words, when exercise is done at a volunteer rate, there is less benefit than when exercise is done that pushes or forces someone out of their comfort zone.
University of Minnesota Occupational Therapy Progam - Sheri Beck
We talk Occupational Therapy with Sheri Beck the Admissions and Recruitment Specialist at the University of Minnesota. firstname.lastname@example.org@umn.edu
The University of Minnesota’s Occupational Therapy (OT) program is the only public doctoral‐level OT program in Minnesota and one of the oldest OT programs in the United States. Our graduates use a science-driven, evidence-based approach to help children and adults who have physical, cognitive, emotional, social or environmental impairments participate in activities that they value, achieve life goals, and live as meaningfully as possible.
The mission of the University of Minnesota Occupational Therapy Program (OT) is to educate leaders in occupational therapy through innovative experience-based education and research to advance the science of OT, and foster the health and quality of life of individuals, communities, and societies. We value empathy, expertise, teamwork, results, and leadership.
Our program offers a 37 month, 116 credit, graduate-level professional program completed over nine semesters. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapist, administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this examination, the graduate will be an occupational therapist, registered (OTR).
Neurosurgeon Dr. Bergman
In episode 50 we speak with Chief of Neurosurgery Dr. Thomas Bergman.
Dr. Bergman works at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN which is a Level I Trauma Center. HCMC is Minnesota's largest emergency department and busiest trauma center. Dr. Bergman brings to our podcast a wealth of knowledge about what a day in the life is like as a neurosurgeon and also highlights the very unique Career Exploration partnership program Gustavus has with his neurosurgery team during the January Interim.
Dr. Bergman attended Princeton University for his undergraduate degree, University of Minnesota for Medical School and completed his residency in Neurosurgery at the University of Minnesota. He shares with us about growing up in Duluth, his love of the outdoors and his love of Hockey. He attended Princeton to play Hockey and it was there that he met his future wife ON THE VERY FIRST DAY our current college president, President Becky Bergman.
We found Dr. Bergman to be both passionate and humble about his work. Dr. Bergman has been an incredible mentor and resource for our Gustavus pre-health students. And we know that his welcoming spirit will shine through to all of you in this very special 50 episode of our podcast.
Dr. Bergman’s interests and areas of expertise include complex traumatic and degenerative spine conditions, brain trauma, and neurovascular conditions.
- Neurosurgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA
- University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA
- Toninato J, Casey H, Uppal M, Abdallah T, Bergman TA, Eckner J, Samadani U: Traumatic brain injury reduction in athletes by neck strengthening (TRAIN). Contemp Clin Trials Commun 11:102-106, 2018.
- Daly S, Thorpe M, Rockswold SB, Hubbard ME, Bergman TA, Samadani U, Rockswold Gaylan: Hyperbaric oxygen therapy in the treatment of acute severe traumatic brain injury: a systematic review. Journal of Neurotrauma 35(4):623-629, 2018.
- Sone JY, Courtney-Kay Lamb S, Techar K, Dammavalam V, Uppal M, Williams C, Bergman TA, Tupper D, Ort P, Samadani U: High prevalence of prior contact sports play and concussion among orthopedic and neurosurgical department chairs. J Neurosurgery Pediatr 22(1):1-8, 2018.
- Morotti A, Romero JM, Jessel MJ, Hernandez AM, Vashkevich A, Schwab K, Burns JD, Shah QA, Bergman TA, et al: Phantom-based standardization of CT angiography images for spot sign detection. Neuroradiology 59(9):839-844, 2017.
- Beatty Z, Bergman T: Meningeal hemangiopericytoma with intracranial metastases in an HIV-positive male: case report and review of the literature. Case Reports in Oncology 5:159-163, 2012.
- American Medical Association
- Minnesota Medical Association
- American Association of Neurological Surgeons
- Congress of Neurological Surgeons
- American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons Joint Committee of Spine and Trauma
- Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery
- Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Minnesota
University of North Dakota School of Medicine (MD) & Health Sciences
In episode 49, we speak with admission officer Alyssa Montgomery from UND School of Medicine about UND as a state sponsored medical school and what in means for a Minnesota resident to have strong ties to the state. We also talk about the unique skill set that UND admission committee is looking for to serve the patients and population in rural and Native American communities in North Dakota.
One of the unique features of UND is it does not have any prerequisite required courses! But...it does still require the MCAT. The interview process becomes very important to the evaluation process and Montgomery shares about their interview process and what a standout applicant looks like. Besides UND being ranked #1 in the nation for graduating American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) physicians, there are many other unique highlights shared about the School of Medicine in this podcast. Enjoy the episode!
And a BONUS is Match Day is explained and what goes into all that before hand to get the residency placements on Match Day.
McKenna Robb -Pre-Physical Therapy Application process
Pre-Physical Therapy continues to be a popular and growing area for pre-health students at Gustavus. This episode gives you a roadmap to being a successful applicant as well very good advice for the application process. This is a MUST listen for anyone soon to be in application for any area.
In this episode we interview McKenna Robb, a senior here at Gustavus who is graduating in just three years. She share her expertise in the application process. McKenna will attend St. Catherines University in the Fall of 2023.
Link to the Gustavus pre-physical therapy web page: https://gustavus.edu/career/health/PT.php
Link to St. Catherine's (St. Kate's) University: https://www.stkate.edu/academics/academic-programs/gc-physical-therapy
Link to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Physical Therapy Stats: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291123.htm
MD and DO current applicant Tyra Banks '21
MD and DO current applicant Tyra Banks '21, offers advice & tips on the application process. MD- AMCAS centralized application and DO- ACCOMAS centralized application She talks through the similarities and differences between the applications as well as her personal statement and her interview experience. Tyra currently works at Park Nicollet Contact Dermatitis Clinic as a Patch Test Technician which is a very specialized position and interesting job.
Below is a brief position description, they are currently in the process of hiring:
Patch test technician at Park Nicollet
Join our team of 2 other technicians, 3 physicians, and 2 research fellows (dermatology residents and occupational medicine residents also rotate through our clinic). No prior experience is necessary as we will train the individual for this position. This would be ideal for a pre-medical/pre-nursing student. We are an academic department so there is opportunity for publication/research although that is not required as part of the role. Gustavus Graduate Tyra Banks, '21 is currently working there as a patch test technician and is willing to answer questions about the position as well, email@example.com
4 day per week (Mon, Tues, Wed, alternating every other Thurs/Fri):
- Benefits/401K/health insurance/disability
- Hourly Rate: $20hr
- Hours per day: 8
- Days per week: 4
- Hours per pay period (every 2 weeks): up to 64
- Bi-weekly paycheck before taxes: $1,280
- Annual salary: $33,200
- Contact: Eli Mansfield (firstname.lastname@example.org), email expressing interest, as well as their phone number and availability.
Additional information on:
- MCAT Official Prep Online-Only Bundle ($268.80 value)
- MCAT reduced registration fee from $330 to $135 for MCAT exams
- Complimentary 2-year subscription to the Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR)
- Waiver for all AMCAS fees for one application submission, covering up to 20 medical school submissions ($987 value)
NEW Gustavus Master's Athletic Training degree
Dr. Mary Wesby joins the Gustavus Health Professions Podcast to share some exciting news... Gustavus is in the final stages of accreditation for the first ever Master's degree program in college history, a Master's in Athletic Training. This Master's will be is a two year degree program and there are two tracks to earn the degree. Listen to learn more about what a career in athletic training has to offer, the job prospects, and the variety of work environments available to an athletic trainer. The facilities at Gustavus are second to none with the renovation of Lund Center and the creation of new AT space and the Noble Hall of Science. Dr. Wesby's enthusiasm is contagious and we are excited to see how this program will grow into the future.
Informal open house from 11:30-1:00 on Monday, Feb. 20, 2023 in Lund 224, for the prospective admitted students on campus along with any current Gusties interested in AT and have some questions.
Gustavus Athletic Training Master's Degree website: https://gustavus.edu/academics/athletictraining/
Dobbs v. Jackson Dr. Jill Locke
In Episode 45 we speak with Gustavus professor Dr. Locke about Abortion Rights after Dobbs v. Jackson. We talk through the history of Roe vs. Wade decision up to the Dobbs v. Jackson decision. Abortion has long been a controversial topic and people are typically divided into two parties. Pro-choice, abortion is a woman’s constitutional right and favor lifting limitations and increasing access to safe and legal abortions. Pro-life, abortion is immoral/anti-abortion, favor laws that restrict or limit access to abortion. Following, Dobbs v. Jackson the legal conflict over abortion has now been forwarded to the states to decide upon, with some states attempting to outlaw it while others are working to protect it. This is a complicated and controversial topic, and we hope you can gain clarity on what the implications of this decision is on you as a future healthcare provider. Dr. Locke gives the advice of getting involved by, bloom where you are planted, which we think is great advice.
Additional resources from podcast:
Guttmacher Institute: An overview of Abortion Laws by state maps
The Janes Documentary (2022) A timely look at a group of women who build an underground network for women seeking safe, affordable, illegal abortions in 1970s Chicago.
Girls on the Stand: How Courts Fail Pregnant Minors (book January 1, 2009)by, Helena Silverstein
Health Care for ALL Minnesota
Shouldn't our health care be accessible, affordable and comprehensive?
We spoke to volunteers Judy Schultz and Edi Thorstensson, both retired longtime Gustavus employees about the organization Healthcare for All Minnesota, that advocates for universal single payer for Minnesota - hoping it would spread to all the U.S. but at least to get a better way to organize healthcare in our state.
We learned a lot about the organization, how it got started and how it plans to make these big changes to meet this important goal. Enjoy the episode. Below are some additional information to check out regarding this important topic.
"Health Care for All Minnesota promotes affordable, high-quality healthcare for every Minnesotan through advocacy, education and community organizing. Healthcare is an essential human need. Unequal access to healthcare is an injustice. It is critical to remove the profit motive from healthcare."
Download Free Ebook: Healing Health Care: The Case for A Comprehensive Universal Health System, by, John Marty, Roseville, MN
Another similar group PNHP- Physicians for a National Health Program: PNHP believes that high-quality health care is a right of all people and should be provided equitably as a public service rather than bought and sold as a commodity. The answer to our health care crisis is clear. We propose a publicly financed, non-profit single-payer national health program that would fully cover medical care for all Americans.
Veterinary Medicine with Dr. Dee
Dr. Scott Dee joins us on this podcast and shares with us his experiences as a student at Gustavus, his journey to veterinary school, and his career in vet medicine. He has been a huge advocate to the Gustavus Health Professions programs and forever supporter of Gustavus. He shares so much valuable information for our pre-vet students but also for any student pursuing a health career.
Below is his bio from his current position at Pipestone:
Dr. Scott Dee joined Pipestone Veterinary Services in Pipestone in July of 2011. Before joining the clinic, Dr. Dee was a swine practitioner in Morris, Minnesota for 12 years and for the last 12 years a professor at the University of Minnesota where he conducted research in the areas of PRRSV transmission and biosecurity. Currently he serves as Director of Research for Pipestone Applied Research conducting research in the areas of viral transport and transmission in feed, feed biosecurity, and antimicrobial resistance at the level of the swine farm. Scott, his wife, Lisa and their two children, Nicholas and Ellen, live in Alexandria, MN.
More information if you are thinking Pre-Vet @ Gustavus:
Four year plan of pre-requisite coursework:
If you are a Gustavus student and interested in talking through the details of being pre-vet please contact Heidi Selzler-Bahar email@example.com
In this episode we feature Creighton University Director of Admission, Lindsay Johnson and Assistant Dean of Student, Shawn Cook. Creighton is located in Omaha, NE and as of 2021 there is a new campus in Phoenix, AZ the Phoenix Health Sciences Campus. The Health Programs included within Creighton are:
Occupational Therapy https://www.creighton.edu/pharmacy-ot-pt/occupational-therapy
Physical Therapy Omaha https://www.creighton.edu/academics/programs/physical-therapy-omaha
Physical Therapy Phoenix https://www.creighton.edu/academics/programs/physical-therapy-phoenix
You will also learn about the 50 year old program Creighton has in the Dominican Republic that emphasizes the importance of a global vision and understanding in educating well rounded individuals.
Creighton University: https://www.creighton.edu/
Questions regarding the admissions process for programs after finishing at Gustavus contact:
Genetic Counseling Hannah Banks
In episode 41 we talk with Hannah Banks, about Genetic Counseling. Hannah is a recent college graduate 2020, and is currently attending The Ohio State University, in Columbus Ohio. She shares about her path to becoming a Genetic Counselor (GC), how she got experience in the field, and typical prerequisite courses required for admission. The application process and timeline is unique for Genetic Counseling and Hannah clearly explains the process and how the MATCH process works. We learned that GC's are very open and welcoming to students interested in learning more about the profession and the NSGC website has genetic counselors contact information and you can search by GC's that are open to students contacting them.
Occupational Outlook Handbook, Genetic Counseling median pay is $80,150 per year
Heather Dale and Nissa Fell
We hope you enjoying listening to this episode of the Gustavus Health Professions Podcast where we discuss the difference between a Physician Assistant (Associate) and a Nurse Practitioner.
**NP Salary. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that nurse practitioners earn an average hourly pay rate of $53.77, while physician assistants earn $54.04
Below you will find contact information for both Heather Dale and Nissa Fell.
Director of Health Service in Health ServiceHeather Dale is a Physician Assistant and the Director of Health Service. The Health Service is fortunate to be staffed with exceptional professionals whose expertise, compassion, and excitement for students overflows into their daily work on campus. Heather began her tenure at Gustavus in January of 2008 after spending four years in Idaho practicing at an Urgent Care and a Women's Health Clinic. Heather loves the opportunities the college setting provides to educate and care for students in a very personalized manner.Heather and her husband Jordan have two boys and a little girl. Summer highlights include returning to the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho to visit friends and enjoy the great outdoors. They enjoy camping, hiking and biking.Education: B.S. in Psychology, University of Wisconsin - Madison and Master of Physician Assistant, Eastern Virginia Medical School
Assistant Director of Health Service, Nurse Practitioner in Health ServiceNissa is a nurse practitioner who received her bachelor of arts degree in nursing right here at Gustavus! She has previously worked as a labor and delivery nurse at Methodist Hospital and as a Family Nurse Practitioner at the Brookdale Park Nicollet Clinic. Returning to campus to work in Health Service is a dream come true for Nissa as she is passionate about working with the college age student. This presents an opportunity for educating and promoting personal development and growth within the college years.
Nissa is married to Brian, also a Gustavus Grad. Nissa and Brian have three children, Lydia, Charlie and Greta. In her spare time Nissa enjoys being a mom, home improvement projects, camping, biking, playing/watching sports and traveling.Education
BAN Gustavus Adolphus College; MSN Minnesota State University, Mankato
Jolene Young with Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Health Careers Open House
In this Bonus episode we talk with Jolene Young, Admissions Representative, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences, Office of Strategic Student Recruitment and Outreach firstname.lastname@example.org. We ended up receiving so much more information than we ever intended. Not only were we able to hear about the Health Careers Open house at Mayo on Nov. 1 2022, we also learned about the below FREE programs offered. Links have been included below. Check them out!
Here is the link to the Health Careers Open House
6 cohorts a year (2 in the summer that can be completed before returning to college)
Free tuition, no other fees
Stipend of $3500 paid over the 9 weeks
20 weeks- first 12 weeks are online, last 8 weeks are full time
2 cohorts- January and July (this would run into fall start of college)
Free tuition, around $400 in other expenses
Stipend of $3500 paid over the last 8 weeks
They do have a clinical site in Mankato if people didn’t want to come to Rochester
2 cohorts a year
Must have associate degree or higher or come through RCTC
Clinical Neurophysiology Technology
Must have degree or come through RCTC
Gusties Vote 2022 Health
Episode 38 of the Gustavus Health Professions Podcast we speak with Gustavus graduate Class of 1991, Amy Pehrson, Director of the Community Engagement Center and Megan Ruble, Assistant Vice President for Student Life. Both are working with a team of students this year on voter engagement and on educating our campus community on the importance of mid-term elections and the importance of being an informed voter. They share with us a helpful resource site https://www.studentvoting.org/your-major-on-the-ballot. In the pulldown menu there are categories related to healthcare and highlights the top 5 key issues as well as links to articles and information where you a learn more information. The goal is to encourage our listeners to be informed and engaged in the voting process and get out there and vote!
What's on the Election Day ballot on November 8, 2022?
All voters will have these races on their general election ballot:
- U.S. Representative
- Governor & Lt. Governor
- Secretary of State
- State Auditor
- Attorney General
- State Senator
- State Representative
- Judicial seats
Voters may have one or more of these races on their ballot:
- County Officials
- City Officers
- School Board Members
- Township Officers
- Local ballot questions
Physical Therapy Mayo Clinic, Alum Brandon Ness
Brandon Ness graduated from Gustavus in 2008 and attended Mayo Clinic College of Health Medicine PT school and graduated with his doctorate in Physical Therapy. In this episode he will discuss he career path and how it has now led him to teaching in a hybrid physical therapy doctoral program.
Physical therapy (PT), also known as physiotherapy, is one of the allied health professions. It is provided by physical therapists who promote, maintain, or restore health through physical examination, diagnosis, management, prognosis, patient education, physical intervention, rehabilitation, disease prevention, and health promotion. Physical therapists are known as physiotherapists in many countries.
In addition to clinical practice, other aspects of physical therapist practice include research, EDUCATION, consultation, and health administration. Physical therapy is provided as a primary care treatment or alongside, or in conjunction with, other medical services.
How much does a Physical Therapist II make in Minnesota? The average Physical Therapist II salary in Minnesota is $97,522 as of September 26, 2022, but the range typically falls between $90,207 and $105,371. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on the city and many other important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession.
Nobel Conference 58 with Dr. Lisa Heldke and Dr. Marie Walker
Nobel Conference 58 (2022):Mental Health (In)Equity and Young People September 28-29(NOTE: Wednesday and Thursday!) Prioritizing the mental health concerns of young people has become essential amid times of global pandemic, racism, sexism, ableism, social unrest, climate change, and political upheaval. These social inequities limit our ability to promote resilience in the mental health of adolescents and young adults, especially those from marginalized communities. Young people often experience little control over their wellbeing, are affected by the decisions of parents, schools and society, and in these technology-driven times are vulnerable to the negative side effects of social media and information overload. In considering how to eradicate inequities and promote mental health, technology becomes central in how it both aids and hinders our modern existence, in the U.S. and around the world. Nobel Conference 58 will address mental health disparities and their effects on youth, with a particular emphasis on the significance of identity, trauma and technology.
Confirmed 2022 Speakers
Meryl Alper, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Northeastern University
Manuela Barreto, Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology, University of Exeter
Daniel Eisenberg, Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, UCLA
Joseph P. Gone, Professor of Anthropology and of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard
Priscilla Lui, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Southern Methodist University
G. Nic Rider, Assistant Professor, Program in Human Sexuality and Coordinator, Adult Transgender Health Services Program, Program in Human Sexuality, University of Minnesota
Brendesha Tynes, Associate Professor of Education and Psychology, USC
Mayo Clinic Caring Hands Volunteer Program
Today in episode 35, we speak with Linda McDonald, Volunteer Service Coordinator at the Mayo Clinic in Mankato. After a three year pause due to COVID, we are very excited to announce that our volunteer program Caring Hands is back. This program is a partnership with Gustavus and the Mayo Clinic where are Gustavus pre-health student volunteers provide are trained to provide a hand massage to patients, caregivers and/or family members. The primary role of the Caring Hands volunteer is to improve the patient experience.
Our student volunteers participating in the past found the Caring Hands program to be very rewarding specifically because of the patient interaction they were able to have during each shift. We are recruiting for this year’s volunteers. Listen to the podcast to learn more about this unique volunteer program.
Des Moines University Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) Anna Cruz, Admission Specialist and Talon Aitken, current D.O. student
Episode 34 we welcome TWO guests Anna Cruz, Des Moines University Recruitment and Admissions Specialist and Talon Aitken, current D.O. student attending Des Moines. For this episode we focused on the Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) programs at Des Moines. There are currently 9 health professions programs at the University and they will be adding OT, so soon there will be ten programs. They offer both Masters and Doctoral level programs. We had the opportunity to hear about what they both thought were the top strengths of a Des Moines University education.
Another highlight for me was them explaining about both the many similarities of MD and DO and also what makes DO unique. They walked us through (OMM) Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine training and what that training looks like in school and in practice.
We learned a lot and know you will too. Thank you for listening.
Amy Pehrson, Gustavus Habitat for Humanity trips
In episode #33 we talk with Amy Pehrson, Director of Community Engagement Center at Gustavus. Amy directs the 10 community service programs at Gustavus and our focus for this podcast was the Habitat for Humanity program. Over the years we have talk with many pre-health students that have participated in this program and some of the take-aways are they have a more clear understanding of affordable housing challenges, learn new building skills, meet new friends and have a fun experience. There are two opportunities for participating in the Habitat program, the Fall Break Home Building Trip (Bemidji Fall 2021) and the Alternative Spring Break Home Building Trip (TX,CO,VA,MD sites 2022). We recommend you listen to learn more about this unique service opportunity and consider applying to participate in the future.
Every spring break, Gustavus sends approximately 50 to 100 students to Habitat for Humanity affiliate sites to participate in the Collegiate Challenge, an alternative break program. Students spend a week constructing houses and rebuilding communities across the nation. The Four sites for Spring Break 2022: Amarillo, TX, Loveland, CO, Lexington, VA, Bel Air, MD
The 10 volunteer community service programs: Habitat for Humanity, Big Partner/Little Partner, Language Buddies, Elders, Pound Pals, Hoffman Learning Center, Wednesday Friends, Gustie Buddies, Study Buddies and (New) Community Center Buddies. See website for additional information: https://gustavus.edu/communityengagement/serviceprograms/
Amy has worked at Gustavus for the past 31 years in different roles (Director of Mentoring and Peer Education, Office of Church Relations, Finance Office and the Center for Servant Leadership). Amy earned her master’s degree from Viterbo University in Servant Leadership in 2015; and is a 1991 Gustavus graduate (majoring in Elementary Education).
Cate Deremee -Surgical First Assistant Program
In episode #32 we visit with Cate Deremee class of 2021. She is in her first year in the Surgical First Assistant program at Mayo Clinic of College of Medicine and Science.
The 12-month Surgical First Assistant Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, offers the best-accredited certificate training program in the Midwest. You will gain an advanced understanding of human anatomy while refining your surgical skills. This program prepares you with the knowledge and skills needed to become an effective member of a surgical team with extensive knowledge of surgical procedures, all while learning the appropriate professional standards of the role.
Choosing Mayo Clinic
- A curriculum that includes five months of classroom and lab education and seven months of clinical experience, which allows you to start your career more quickly.
- Training experiences at one of the largest surgical suites with one of the most advanced medical centers in the nation.
- A focus on hands-on and tactical training where you’ll work on hundreds of cases that far exceed the accreditation board’s minimum hours of clinical experience.
- An opportunity to sit for two nationally recognized certification exams, the Certified Surgical Assistant (CSA) exam with the National Commission for the Certification of Surgical Assistants (NCCSA) and the Certified Surgical First Assistant (CSFA) exam with the National Board for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). In 2021, the CSFA exam pass rate was 90%. Accreditation requires a minimum of 71%.
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates receive a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences. The program requires a grade of 70 percent or greater to pass a course. All courses and clinical work must be completed consecutively; deviation from scheduled coursework is not permitted.
Cate Deremee email: email@example.com
Bo Lafountaine - PA-C and Augsburg University Graduate
Augsburg Alumni Spotlight:
Anders Bowman RN- path to DNP in Nurse Anesthesia
Episode #30 Anders Bowman is a 2012 Gustavus Adolphus College graduate. Anders majored in Nursing and was a three sport athlete. It was fun to catch up with Anders as he shared about his time as an undergraduate at Gustavus as well as his life since graduating. He worked eight plus years as a Registered Nurse at Methodist Hospital and is now pursuing his Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Nurse Anesthesia @ Minneapolis School of Anesthesia which awards degrees in conjunction with Metropolitan State University. This episode once again shows the ever changing world of medicine. Enjoy listening.
Salary range of a Nurse Anesthetist: https://nurse.org/resources/nurse-anesthetist-salary/
Heidi Meyer Associate Professor
Episode #29 We have the privilege of interviewing Heidi Meyer. Heidi joined the Gustavus Nursing Program as faculty in February 2008. As a 1998 Gustavus nursing alum, Heidi is back at Gustavus doing what she hoped of doing as a student back in the mid to late 1990's. After graduating from Gustavus in 1998, Heidi worked in various clinical settings, including Oncology, Med/Surg, Home Health, and Public Health. She returned to Minnesota State University, Mankato to pursue her degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner. After she completed her degree, she began teaching in an ADN program in the Twin Cities and taught there for two years before coming to Gustavus. Heidi teaches Fundamentals of Nursing and Principles of Clinical Pharmacology in the Junior level of the program and Transitions to Professional Practice in the Senior level of the program. She recently received her PhD from South Dakota State University. Her dissertation research was entitled Understanding Emotional Intelligence and Its Relationship to Clinical Reasoning in Nursing Students: A Mixed Methods Study.Education
BAN Gustavus Adolphus College; MSN Minnesota State University, Mankato; Certificate in Nursing Education Bethel University; PhD South Dakota State UniversityAreas of Expertise
Deb Mattson, DPT @ River's Edge Hospital and Clinic
In episode #28 we talk with Deb Mattson who is the lead physical therapist at River’s Edge Hospital & Clinic. She is a certified LSVT/BIG clinician and has special interest in working with patients with Parkinson’s Disease, returning to sport activity after a knee, ankle or shoulder injury/surgery, shoulder rehabilitation, sacroiliac dysfunction and vestibular rehabilitation. Deb Mattson has been with River's Edge Hospital and Clinic in Saint Peter for 14 years and reamin incredibly passionate about her job.
Gustavus has a volunteer program partnership with River's Edge for pre-OT and pre-PT students in the Parkinson exercise classes that Deb teaches. And coming soon volunteer opportunities in the Rock Steady Boxing class. Currently both volunteer programs are paused because of COVID.
Deb is a LSVT BIG® Certified clinician. LSVT is an innovative and clinically-proven method for improving communication and movement in individuals with Parkinson’s disease with application to other neurological conditions. https://www.lsvtglobal.com/LSVTFindClinicians.
Rock Steady Boxing is an exercise program specifically designed for men and women at all stages of Parkinson’s manage their symptoms through exercise. Several medical studies on exercise and Parkinson’s have concluded that forced intense exercise can slow the progression of Parkinson’s. In other words, when exercise is done at a volunteer rate, there is less benefit than when exercise is done that pushes or forces someone out of their comfort zone. Tracie Lafata, Deb Mattson and Nicole Boelter are all certified Rock Steady Boxing Coaches at River’s Edge Hospital.
Dr. Mark Taylor, MD -Mankato Clinic
Episode #27 we welcomed Dr. Mark Taylor, M.D., Gustavus Class fo 1978. Dr. Taylor specialized in obstetrics and gynecology and has been with the Mankato Clinic for the entirety career. Dr. Taylor is a well loved Dr. and has strong ties to the Mankato/St. Peter area. He values the relationships he has with his patients. He enjoys being stopped in the grocery store by patients who just want to say hello or introduce him to their child that he delivered three weeks or three decades ago. He appreciates the bond that is created with his patients that has allowed him to share many laughs, hugs and, on occasion, a few tears.
“My decision to become an OB/GYN physician occurred on the day I first saw a delivery as a second year medical student. Nothing came even close to that in capturing why I wanted to become a physician. Upon reflection, I absolutely made the correct decision. I enjoy what I do as much, or more, today as I did 30 years ago.”
Along with being a physician at the Mankato Clinic, Dr. Taylor is an avid duck and pheasant hunter as well as a water skier, and he spends as much time as possible pursuing those activities. He says that he “married well” and spending time with his wife, Rhonda, and their extended family (given that they are both from Mankato it is a sizable group) trumps all.
“It is humbling that women choose me to care for them during some of the most important times in their lives. In return I hope that I am successful in conveying to them that I appreciate their confidence in me, that I truly care about them and I will do my best.”
Alaska Pre-Medicine *NEW* January Interim site
January 2022 NEW January Career Exploration opportunity for pre-health students at Capstone Clinic, Alaska. The experience is based out of Wasilla/Palmer, Alaska but students traveled to additional clinic sites in Anchorage, Eagle River and Kenai. Family medicine as well as a variety of specialty areas in medicine are shadowed during the 17 day January Interim.
This is a funded opportunity through the Gustavus Career Development Office and the Office of Health Professions. We anticipate this being offered again for the next year January 2023.
If you are a pre-health student interested in gaining shadowing hours and have a unique experience in Alaska we would encourage you to listen to this podcast to learn more.
The two students selected for the 2022 January Interim experience: Lucy Lindstrom, firstname.lastname@example.org and Kaylee Olson, email@example.com
Ecumen Hospice Volunteer Opportunity
In episode #25 we talk with Brieyanna Krug, Volunteer Ecumen Hospice Specialist about the opportunity to volunteer as a companion. This opportunity offers a flexible schedule at a location convenient for you (St. Peter and Mankato area volunteers needed), and offers ongoing guidance and education to ensure you are comfortable and effective in your role.
"At Ecumen Hospice, we are known for compassionate end-of-life care that provides individualized services focusing on comfort and support for people who are facing a life-limiting illness. Our experienced staff work with those involved in your care to provide physical, emotional and spiritual support that enables you to make the most of every moment, embracing life with the love and support of your family and caregivers."
Learn more: https://www.ecumenhospice.org/volunteers/
Orthopaedic Pediatric Surgeon Dr. Luhmann, '86
In episode #24 we met with Dr. Scott J. Luhmann, M.D., Gustavus Class of 1986. Dr. Luhmann specializes in pediatric and adolescent orthopaedic surgery and is the chief of staff at Shriners Hospital for Children. He is a professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri and serves as the Fellowship Director for Pediatric. Dr. Luhmann shared with us his path to medical school and how he made his decision to become an orthopedic surgeon. We know you will be inspired by Dr. Luhmann's passion for helping others through his work as a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon.
Video (talked about in the podcast): Dr. Scott Luhmann, 2019 Hero with a Heart Award
Overview: "Dr. Luhmann specializes in pediatric and adolescent orthopaedic surgery, with special expertise in reconstructive spine surgery of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, primary and revisions of complex, pediatric spinal deformities and spinal reconstructive surgery, pathology of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, congenital, neuromuscular and early-onset scoliosis, and nonsurgical and surgical treatment of the growing spine." Source: https://www.ortho.wustl.edu/content/Patient-Care/2685/Find-a-Physician/Physician-Directory/Scott-Luhmann-MD/Bio.aspx
SURF Mayo Clinic Gilyard Peterson Scholarship
We had the amazing opportunity to talk with Dr. Bruce Horazdovsky. Dr. Horazdovsky is the Director of the Mayo SURF program. SURF stands for summer undergraduate research fellowship.
If you are a student interested in going to graduate school for a PhD in biomedical research or are interested in pursuing an MD PhD this podcast will be of great interest to you.
New this year for Gustavus students is the Gilyard Peterson Scholarship that will be awarded to fund students selected for the SURF program at the Mayo Clinic. This scholarship has been created in partnership with the donor, Mr. Tim Peterson a Gustavus Alumnus and the Mayo Clinic SURF program. We are so excited to share with you more about the SURF program and scholarship opportunity.
See additional details below:Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at the Mayo Clinic Scholarship Opportunity
SURF program dates: Tuesday, May 31, 2022 through Friday, Aug. 5, 2022
SURF Admission Requirements: You can apply for the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) if you:
- Have completed two or three years at a U.S. college or university at the time the SURF program begins
- Have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale)
- Are seriously considering a biomedical research career as a Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D.
Gilyard Peterson Scholarship: We are excited to announce that Gustavus has partnered with the Mayo Clinic thanks to a generous donor to offer the Gilyard Peterson Scholarship. This scholarship will provide funding to selected students to participate in the Mayo Clinic SURF program.
To apply for the Gilyard Peterson Scholarship: Complete the SURF application by December 1st to be considered. Directions below. If you have questions, contact Heather Banks, firstname.lastname@example.orgSummer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at the Mayo Clinic Application instructions Step 1: Complete and submit the SURF application by December 1st to be considered for the Gilyard Peterson Scholarship, directions HERE
Optometry, Jordyn Olson-Merrick, '21
Jordyn Olson-Merrick class of 2021 is in her first year of Optometry school at Pacific University College of Optometry, in Forest Grove, OR. She joined us and shared her path to Optometry and highlighted the career as a whole.What Optometrists Do
Optometrists diagnose and treat visual problems and manage diseases, injuries, and other disorders of the eyes.Work Environment
Most optometrists work in stand-alone offices of optometry. Optometrists may also work in doctors’ offices and optical goods stores, and some are self-employed. Most work full time, and some work evenings and weekends to accommodate patients’ needs.How to Become an Optometrist
Optometrists must complete a Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree program and obtain a license to practice in a particular state. O.D. programs take 4 years to complete, and most students have a bachelor’s degree before entering such a program.Pay
The median annual wage for optometrists was $118,050 in May 2020.Job Outlook
Employment of optometrists is projected to grow 9 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
About 1,700 openings for optometrists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.State & Area Data
Explore resources for employment and wages by state and area for optometrists.Similar Occupations
Compare the job duties, education, job growth, and pay of optometrists with similar occupations.More Information, Including Links to O*NET
Learn more about optometrists by visiting additional resources, including O*NET, a source on key characteristics of workers and occupations.
Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/optometrists.htm
The GustieWELL, Office strives to infuse wellness into the everyday lifestyles of our students, through the promotion of personal responsibility, positive social norms, and campus engagement.
The Peer Assistants (PAs) are an integral part of the GustieWELL Office and mission. This selected group of elite student leaders are dedicated to promoting a culture of well-being by providing quality wellness education and resources that support and enhance the lifestyles of our students. Our focus areas include: Chemical Health, Mental Health & Stress Management, Healthy Relationships, Sleep, and Nutrition & Physical Activity.
The PAs support these efforts to equip students with health-related knowledge by providing educational programs/workshops, awareness campaigns, social activities, and assisting students in accessing resources.
PAs are available for conversation Monday - Friday, 8am - 4:45pm in the GustieWELL office, or via online appointment at this link
Nurse to Hospital CEO, Paula Meskan
Paula Meskan | CEO, Acting CFO, MA, RN, CNEP
In March 2021, Paula Meskan was named the CEO of River’s Edge Hospital and Clinic in St. Peter, MN. Meskan earned her four-year Bachelor of Nursing degree from the College of St. Catherine. Her first job after graduation was working as the lead RN at Faribault Regional Treatment Center. Following that she worked as a nurse at a group home and after a few years transitioned to a labor, delivery, and pediatric nurse at Immanuel St. Joseph's Hospital, Mankato. She became the Director of Women's and Children's Services at Immanuel St. Joseph's Hospital, Mankato and served in that role for six years prior to being hired in 2009 as the Chief Nursing Officer at River's Edge Hospital & Clinic. In 2020, Meskan was named the interim Chief Executive Officer for 7 months prior to being hired in March 2021 as River's Edge Hospitals Chief Executive Officer.
January Interim Career Exploration, Emily Kratz, '22
In our #19 episode we talk with Senior Emily Kratz (Class of 2022). Emily is a Biology major, the captain of the golf team AND the co-president of the pre-dental club. We focused on the January Interim Career Exploration and the walked through the process of setting up an experience or applying for one of the opportunities with our partner sites. As a sophomore, Emily participated in the Gustavus January Interim Career Exploration program exploring the dental profession. She shares her experience at the four different local sites she had the opportunity to shadow and how it helped her to confirm her dental career path.
Medical Resident, Carston Dammann, '17
Season Two, Episode #18: Dr. Carston Dammann, Gustavus graduate Class of 2017 is currently completing his residency in internal medicine in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Dammann attended Medical School at Creighton University and shared with us what the four years of medical school entail. We also got to learn more about what makes Creighton School of Medicine unique. If you are interested in medicine or anything in the health field you will enjoy this episode.
University of Minnesota Dental School
Episode #17: University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Coordinator for the Office of Admissions and Diversity, Susie Wold
What a great and informative conversation we had with Susie Wold. Some highlights included what makes the U of MN dental program unique, what a competitive applicant profiles looks like and what it means to have "humble confidence" during the interview and application process.
Below are some additional links for information highlights from the U of MN dental website. Enjoy the final episode of Season One of the Gustavus Health Professions podcast.
Susie Wold is providing this podcast as a public service, but it is neither a legal interpretation nor a statement from the U of MN School of Dentistry. The views expressed by guests are their own and their appearance on this podcast does not imply an endorsement of them or any entity they represent. Views and opinions expressed by guests are those of the employees and do not necessarily reflect the view of the University or any of its officials.
College of St. Scholastica
Episode #16: College of St. Scholastica, Assistant Director, Enrollment Management, Courtney Eickman
This is the 16th episode of the Gustavus Health Professions Podcast. Today we talk with Courtney Eickman from the College of St. Scholastica where she is the Assistant Director, Enrollment Management. Our focus of conversation is: Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, and Occupational Therapy programs. Courtney offered some great advice and updates for these programs and also shared with us about the Health Science Center at Bluestone. It is certainly evident Courtney is passionate about her job and the College of St. Scholastica. If you are looking to apply to any of these programs this is a very important episode for you to listen to. Please see the additional resources below.
Health Science Center at Bluestone http://www.css.edu/locations/health-science-center.html
University of Minnesota Medical School
Episode #15: University of Minnesota Medical School Associate Dean of Admissions, Dimple Patel.
On the Gustavus Health Professions Podcast episode 15 we talk with Dimple Patel, the University of Minnesota Medical School Associate Dean of Admissions. We learned a lot from Dimple about how applicants are evaluated and how the competencies are used in the evaluation process. Dimple offered some great interview tips and also highlighted what makes the U of MN medical school unique. This is a must listen to for a pre-med student, but also is informative for anyone planning to apply to a health professions program.
Essential and desired qualities, HERE
U of MN holistic review competency based framework, HERE
Current MD student profiles, HERE
Application process, HERE
SJT Situational Judgement Test, HERE
Gap Year Health Jobs Panel
Episode #14: This episode is all about GAP year positions and the benefits these type of positions can bring to your application. We featured three Gustie Alum and what they did during their GAP year(s). They share about how they secured the position, top three takeaways and how the position contributed to their successful application.
Savannah Maynard, 2018, ECC Medical Scribe, starting Fall 2021 attending medical school at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
Carly Miller, 2020, Education Coordinator Abbott Northwestern Hospital, starting Fall 2021 attending medical school at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
Rachel Strandmark, 2018, Children’s Hospital, Nursing Assistant, currently attending Physician Assistant program at the University of Colorado.
Current Applicant Panel #2: Occupational Therapy and Physician Assistant
#13 podcast Current Applicant Panel: Two more applicants share their stories and path to their health profession. Episode 13 is going to focus on the allied health areas of Physician Assistant and Occupational Therapy. Excellent advice shared regarding the application process, and how to stay on top of the entire process. Our questions and conversation went in this order.
Calli Sizer, Class of 2019, is in the decision making process of which Occupational Therapy School she will attend, start Summer of 2021.
Max Matheson, Class of 2012, attending the Touro Nevada School of Physician Assistant Studies, start in Fall of 2021.
Current Applicant Panel: Medicine, Pharmacy, Optometry
#12 podcast Current Applicant Panel: Applicants share their story and path to their health profession. Great advice and information shared about the application process, things you can get started on right away and the importance of being organized through the application process. Our questions and conversation with the student panel went in the following order.
Jordyn Olson-Merrick, Class of 2021 (Dec. 2020 graduate), attending College of Optometry Pacific University (Oregon), start Fall 2021
Michael Gutman, Class of 2020, attending the University of MN Duluth Medical School, start Fall 2021
Catherine Lim, Class of 2021, attending the University of MN Twin Cities College of Pharmacy , start Fall 2021
FYRE Program, First-Year Research Experience, Christen Gibson '23
BONUS episode: Christen Gibson, '2023, FYRE program past participant. If you are a FIRST YEAR student and interested in applying for the FYRE program you need to listen to this podcast.
You will learn about the application process, the research experience, and the benefits of being part of the program. Christen shares both the highlights and the challenges she faced during her 10 week research experience. To learn more about the program both opportunities and application go to: https://gustavus.edu/research/FYRE/aboutfyre.php
2021 Application, Application deadline, Wednesday, March 3 @ 5pm
Veterinary Medicine, Quinn Bents '20
Podcast #11: Features Quinn Bents, Class of 2020 graduate of Gustavus and is now currently enrolled at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Quinn was a Biology major, she also shares the importance of getting out into your field of interest and how important it is for learning and confirming your career path. Quinn talks us through her application process including the three prompt questions for the VMCAS application.
1. There are many career choices within the veterinary profession. What are your future career goals and why? ( 1,500 characters)
2. In what ways do veterinarians contribute to society and what do you hope to contribute? (1,500 characters)
3. Considering the breadth of society we serve as veterinarians today; what attributes do you believe are essential to be successful within the veterinary profession? Of these attributes, which do you possess and how have you demonstrated these in the past? (2,000 characters)