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April 25th, 2017

From Refugee to M.D.: Ahmed Mohamed’s Road to Mayo Clinic

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When Ahmed Mohamed’s family came to Rochester in 1996 seeking refuge from the civil war in Somalia, the 6-year-old knew only three words in English. But by the time he’d reached fourth grade, Ahmed had mastered English so well that he was able to graduate from Rochester Public Schools’ “English for Speakers of Other Languages” […]

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Tags: Dr. Ahmed Mohamed


February 16th, 2017

Ice Fishing Safety With Gus the Mannequin and Dr. Thiels, the Resident Expert

By In the Loop intheloop

The past four years haven’t exactly been kind to Gus the Mannequin. Since making his debut in 2013, the star of Mayo’s “Saving Lives with Gus” video series has gone above and beyond the call to “educate, entertain and deliver lifesaving tips” to the public. He’s suffered frost bite, was saved from choking, and injured […]

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Tags: Dr. Cornelius Thiels, frost bite, hypothermia, Mayo Clinic Multidisciplinary Simulation Center


February 9th, 2017

Respiratory Therapy Games Bring Students, Instructors, Scouts Together

By In the Loop intheloop

When you think of skills competition, the first thing that comes to mind probably isn’t respiratory therapists. And when you think of “fun” and “educational,” you’re probably not thinking job interview. But in March, a group of respiratory therapy students will experience an event that’s a bit of all of those things — part college bowl, […]

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Tags: Respiratory Care


November 3rd, 2016

Patient Gives Back to Mayo Clinic for 90 Years of ‘Excellent Care’

By In the Loop intheloop

Dick Garbisch recently hit a milestone that not many do: his 100th birthday. (He celebrated, naturally, by buying himself a new car, which he drives, himself.) For 90 of those years, Mayo Clinic has been a part of his story. Mr. Garbisch first came to Mayo as a patient when he was 10 years old. […]

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Tags: Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine


October 6th, 2016

Mayo Medical School Students Play the Aging Game

By In the Loop intheloop

Last month, first-year students at Mayo Medical School took a break from the books to play a game with their classmates. (No, not Pokémon Go.) The Aging Game, as it’s known, is actually part of the school’s curriculum and has been for 18 years. It was developed as a way to give students a chance […]

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Tags: Dr. Darryl Chutka, Kekoa Taparra, Mayo Medical School


August 16th, 2016

Are Burpees and Jumping Rope the Cure for What Ages You? Or, Perhaps It’s Crawling.

By In the Loop intheloop

Here at In the Loop, we’ve had some fun recently featuring stories of folks who are living well, well into their 80s, 90s and beyond. They’re running, jumping on trampolines and setting goals for the future. Which has gotten us thinking: How can we be like them when we grow up? Michael Joyner, M.D., may […]

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Tags: Aging, Dr. Michael Joyner, Exercise, Healthy Living Program


June 7th, 2016

Playwright Lets Audience See Behind the Curtain, Invites Her Physicians on Stage

By In the Loop intheloop

In her 2014 book, “In the Body of the World,” author, playwright and activist Eve Ensler writes that the first time she spoke to Mayo Clinic’s Deborah Rhodes, M.D., she couldn’t believe she was an actual doctor. “She was a voice, a surprisingly emotional doctor voice,” Ensler writes. “At first, it was a bit disconcerting.” […]

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Tags: Dr. Deborah Rhodes, Dr. Eric Dozois, Dr. Sean Dowdy, Eve Ensler, Humanities in Medicine


June 7th, 2016

Diagnosing the Canvas – Mayo Physician Offers New Diagnosis for Iconic Subject of Painting “Christina’s World”

By In the Loop intheloop

Marc Patterson, M.D., recently diagnosed a patient he’d never met but had seen many times over the years. The patient, Anna Christina Olson, was the real-life inspiration for one of the most famous paintings in American history: Andrew Wyeth’s “Christina’s World.” According to a recent article in LiveScience, Olson, who lived near Wyeth in Cushing, […]

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Tags: Andrew Wyeth, Charcot-Marie-Tooth, Dr. Marc Patterson, LIveScience, Pediatric Neurology


March 22nd, 2016

‘I Really Thought It Was a Long Shot:’ Summer III Nursing Experience Turns Into Full-Time ‘Dream Job’

By In the Loop intheloop

Spencer Simpson almost didn’t apply. As she stared at the Summer III posting from Mayo Clinic she’d found online, she wasn’t sure she’d have a chance. “I really thought it was a long shot, but I thought I might as well put myself out there and at least try,” she says in a profile piece […]

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Tags: Nursing, Summer III


February 18th, 2016

Theater Group Gives Medical Students New View of Patients With Disabilities

By In the Loop intheloop

If you’re like us, you might wonder why someone would bring members of an improvisational theater group to meet with Mayo Medical School students. Thankfully, that someone, Johanna Rian, coordinator of Mayo’s Dolores Jean Lavins Center for Humanities in Medicine, can answer that question. Rian teaches a selective course for medical students called “The Human Element.” And […]

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Tags: Center for Humanities in Medicine, Johanna Rian


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