NeuroSafe 2019 – the fourth annual NeuroSafe symposium – will be held, August 8-9, at the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of M innesota’s Minneapolis Campus. This one-of-a-kind symposium creates opportunities for conversations among experts and attendees about practical, achievable ways to improve the safety and quality of a neurosurgical practice in the context of the triple aim — enhancing the patient experience, improving population health, and reducing healthcare's per capita cost.
Seven-year-old Jazmine Anderson of Bismarck, ND, is the type of child who once inspired her elementary school principal to tell her, “Don’t let anyone dull your sparkle.” She is a “whirling dervish” and sharp as a tack, according to Kathy Sommer, MS, RN, Jazmine’s Care Coordinator at University of Minnesota Health (M Health). Sommer sees Jazmine on a regular basis. The little girl was born with a genetic condition called neurofibromatosis 1 (NF1).
Seven years is a long time … unless you are a neurosurgery resident at the University of Minnesota. Chief residents Molly Hubbard, MD, and Joshua (Josh) Lim, MD, can attest to that. Both acknowledged that the time they spent learning how to become proficient neurosurgeons flew by, culminating in their graduation today, June 21, 2019. This seminal event in their lives will be celebrated by colleagues, family and friends starting at 6:15 pm in the Indoor Club Room at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
Imagine that you’re participating in your second American Birkebeiner cross-country ski race in northern Wisconsin. About halfway through, your brain blacks out, but your body somehow keeps you moving along the course. That’s what happened to 30-year-old Madison, WI, resident, Leif Evensen, during the 2019 race held in late February. “The last thing I remember is that a friend of mine passed me and said, ‘Hi, how are you doing,’” said Leif. “I thought he was a completely different person from ten years ago.”