Alumni Celebration

Save the Date.  Medical School Alumni Celebration October 2021

Join Us for Alumni Celebration Month!

Join us for the annual Medical School Alumni Celebration during the month of October. All Medical School alumni from the Duluth and Twin Cities campuses are invited back to campus to share in the festivities with faculty, fellow alumni and current students.

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Throughout the month of October, we are offering engaging presentations by Medical School alumni and faculty on topics such as gender equity in medicine, Indigenous identity, current medical education and advancing diversity, equity and inclusion at the Medical School.  Links to recordings of the presentations will be made available soon after their conclusion.  Click the name of the presentation you'd like to view to find the link.

Class Reunions

Class Reunions

Below is the schedule of class reunions taking place this month. Some classes have opted to organize in-person events in addition to those planned by the Medical School Alumni Relations team. For information on these activities and a list of classmates who have registered for your reunion, click the tab for your reunion year in the CLASS REUNIONS section below the Schedule on this web page.

NOTE: all times listed are Central Daylight Time.

  • Class of 1960  Saturday, October 23, 11 am 
  • Class of 1961  Saturday, October 16, 11 am
  • Class of 1965  Saturday, October 16, 2 pm
  • Class of 1966  Friday, October 15, 11 am
  • Class of 1970  Sunday, October 17, 5 pm
  • Class of 1971  Thursday, October 14, 7 pm
  • Class of 1990  Saturday, October 9, 6 pm
  • Class of 1995  To be scheduled

Monday, Oct. 4, 1 pm CDT | MEDx Alumni Showcase

MEDx Alumni Showcase

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In this two-part series, we highlight the achievements of Medical School alumni, who share their insights in thought-provoking MEDx talks.

 

Dr. Patience ReichTHE POWER OF MUSIC IN MEDICINE

Dr. Patience Reich, MD Class of 1997
As a physician and jazz musician, Dr. Reich will to touch on her own experience in the area of music as medicine as well as some of the exciting research on music’s therapeutic potential and the growing evidence pointing to a range of musical medical benefits for stroke recovery, Parkinson's disease, dementia and pain management.

 
 
 
 
Dr. Byron HoofwergLESSONS FOR CLINICIANS, CLINICIAN RESEARCHERS AND MEDICAL EDUCATORS

Dr. Byron Hoogwerf, MD Class of 1971
Dr. Hoogwerf will reflect on lessons learned through a series of vignettes from influential people met over the course of his career, including CJ Watson (first day at the Medical School), Robert ten Bensel, (Medical School advisor), Frederick Goetz and Donald Hunninghake (UMN mentors), Peter Schumacher (Chair at the Cleveland Clinic) and Carl Stokes (patient).

 

 

 
  
Dr. Erin KingWHAT IF? CHANGING THE CLASSICAL PARADIGM OF CONTROL IN MEDICINE

Dr. Erin King, Residency Class of 2011
In a thought-provoking frame shift discussing the payment and decision-making models of medicine, Dr. King will explore answers to questions such as, "what if we didn’t have secondary payers? What if we were provided a menu of options for treatment (with cost) and chose our own future? What if we improved respect for physicians and medical professionals?"

Thursday, Oct. 7, 12 pm CDT | Indigenous Identity - Dr. Mary Owen

Indigenous Identity

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Dr. Mary OwenMary J. Owen, MD

Director, Center of American Indian and Minority Health

Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and BioBehavioral Health, Duluth Campus

BRIEF READINGS

The following articles were discussed during the presentation. To enrich your participation, please read the following prior to viewing the event:

For a subject worked and reworked so often in novels, motion pictures, and television, American Indians remain probably the least understood and most misunderstood Americans of us all.

— John F. Kennedy

JFK's words remain as true today as they were over 50 years ago. This seminar will introduce participants to just a few of the critical factors that complicate American Indian and Alaska Native identity. Importantly, the question of who is and who isn't Native is one that reverberates through Indian Country, and will likely continue to do so for decades to come. We will review at least two articles that address just a couple of facets of "being Native." Following a short presentation of other components of identity participants will break into groups to discuss the readings and presentation. Time permitting, participants will then reconvene to share some of their group discussion. The hour will end with a summary of readings, presentation, and discussion.

Tuesday, Oct. 12, 11 am CDT | Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Medical School - Dr. Ana Nùñez

Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Medical School

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Dr. Ana NùñezAna Nùñez, MD, FACP

Vice Dean, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Medical School
Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine
Integration Strategist, Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)

The Medical School strives to create an atmosphere where differences are valued and celebrated, knowing institutional diversity fuels the advancement of knowledge, promotes improved patient care and fosters excellence. We especially strive to have our community better reflect the broad range of identities in our state, including race, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, national origin, religious practice, socioeconomic status, and rural or first generation status. Dr. Núñez will outline activities addressing and advancing the diversity, equity, and inclusion of faculty, staff, and students within the Medical School, invite questions from participants, and highlight the ways alumni can contribute to these initiatives.

Thursday, Oct. 14, 11 am CDT | Indigenous Elders' lessons on successful aging and what you can do to age in a good way - Dr. Jordan Lewis

Indigenous Elders' Lessons on Successful Aging and What You Can Do to Age in a Good Way

Dr. Jordan LewisJordan Lewis, PhD, MSW

Professor, Department of Family Medicine and BioBehavioral Health, Duluth Campus
Associate Director, Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team

Dr. Jordan Lewis's research explores Indigenous successful aging in Alaska and aims to translate the lessons and experiences of Elders to improve the health and wellbeing of all generations. This presentation will provide an overview of Dr. Lewis's research, discuss what it means to age successfully, or in "a good way," and share lessons you can apply to your own life to help you explore what you can do to age successfully. There will be time for Q&A at the end of the presentation. 

Friday, Oct. 15, 3 pm CDT | Alumni Town Hall

Alumni Town Hall

Dr. Jakub TolarJakub Tolar, MD, PhD

Dean of the Medical School
Vice President for Clinical Affairs, University of Minnesota
Distinguished McKnight Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Professor, Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Center
Faculty, Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology (MICaB) Ph.D. Graduate Program
Faculty, PhD Program in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Genetics
Preceptor, Medical Scientist Training Program (Combined MD/PhD Training Program)
Faculty, Masters Program in Stem Cell Biology

Dr. Jakub Tolar, dean of the Medical School and vice president for clinical affairs, will provide an overview of the Medical School's critical functions: to teach, to explore, to heal, and to serve, with highlights of some of the school's newer programs and an update on new directions. Time will be allotted for Q&A  from alumni.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1 pm CDT

MEDx Alumni Showcase

In the second of our two-part series, we highlight the achievements of Medical School alumni, who share their insights in thought-provoking MEDx talks.  

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Dr. Carlos GutierrezTHE MAKING OF THE FATHER OF THE EL PASO CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

Dr. Carlos A. Gutierrez, MD Class of 1977
Dr. Gutierrez championed the concept of opening El Paso, Texas’ first nonprofit children’s hospital at a time when there were only for-profit institutions. El Paso Children’s Hospital started as a dream to bring high-quality specialty care to the region, since about 650 patients per year had to travel to other hospitals before its opening. In this self-reflection, Dr. Gutierrez gives credit to the medical school that believed in him that he had what it took to become a physician.

 
 
 
Dr. Angela Kade GoepferdTHE REVOLUTIONARY TRUTH ABOUT KIDS AND GENDER IDENTITY

Dr. Angela Kade Goepferd, MD Class of 2004
From an early age, kids understand both simple and complex ideas of gender identity. They learn and absorb the categories we teach them, and then eventually find their place within, or beyond these categories. The surprising truth is that we all know who we are from a very young age, including the truest expressions of our gender identity, and then we spend most of our lives searching for the words, tools, safety and agency to share ourselves with the world. In recent years, we have seen more transgender and gender diverse kids exploring new words and models to describe their identities. In this talk, you'll hear about this gender evolution, including how to talk to and support the young kids and teenagers in our lives, as they lead the way toward a more expansive and inclusive future. (TEDx talk originally performed/filmed in October 2020)

 

 

Dr. Carol NelsonIMPROVING MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH WHERE MORTALITY IS AMONG THE HIGHEST IN THE WORLD

Dr. Carol Nelson, MPH Class of 2018
Carol Nelson’s first trip to Sierra Leone in West Africa in 2013 sealed her commitment to the success of Rural Health Care Initiative (RHCI)’s mission. Dr. Nelson hasbeen volunteering with RHCI since 2012 and will share her insights from the six trips she has made with RHCI to Sierra Leone.

Thursday, Oct. 21, 11 am | State of Medical Education - Dr. Mark Rosenberg & Student Panel

State of Medical Education

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Dr. Mark RosenbergMark Rosenberg, MD

Vice Dean for Education, Medical School
Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension

Learn about advances in medical education, including how the faculty and students have adapted to learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. A panel of students will join Dr. Rosenberg to share their perspectives on their education and their accomplishments as the next generation of physicians.

 

 

Tuesday, Oct. 26, 11 am | Exploring Gender Equity in Medicine - Dr. Jerica Berge & Kait Macheledt

Exploring Gender Equity in Medicine with the Center for Women in Medicine and Science (CWIMS)

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Dr. Jerica BergeJerica Berge, PHD, MPH, LMFT, CFLE

Director, Center for Women in Medicine and Science (CWIMS)
Director, Women’s Health Research Program/Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH)
Director, Healthy Eating and Activity across the Lifespan (HEAL), Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Vice Chair for Research, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

 

 

Kait MacheledtKait Macheledt

Program Coordinator, Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH)

 

Join University of Minnesota Center for Women in Medicine and Science (CWIMS) leaders while we explore foundational concepts that are influential in building towards a more gender-equitable field while also looking to data-driven national and local snapshots that illuminate the state of gender equity in medicine now.

 

Thursday, Oct. 27, 12 pm CDT | Scholarship Connection: Celebrating Alumni Generosity - University of Minnesota Foundation

Scholarship Connection: Celebrating Alumni Generosity

Join the University of Minnesota Foundation in celebrating the life-changing impact alumni make through their support of scholarships at the University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth and Twin Cities campuses. Hear from scholarship recipients past and present as they recount their journey to medical school, reflect on their greatest accomplishments, and share their plans for the future.

CLASS REUNIONS

  • Class of
  • 1960
  • 1961
  • 1965
  • 1966
  • 1970
  • 1971
  • 1990
  • 1995
  • Class of

    Class reunion information can be found on the tabs to the right. In addition to the virtual reunion schedule, the tabs will also include the names of your classmates who have registered for the reunion. Check back often to see which of your friends will be attending!

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  • 1960

    Virtual Class Reunion: Saturday, October 23, 11 am CDT | ZOOM LINK: z.umn.edu/md1960reunion

    REUNION COMMITTEE:

    Richard Anderson
    Barbara Olson

    REUNION ATTENDEES:

    Below are all of the alumni who have registered for or who have indicated interest in attending the class virtual reunion. This list will be updated at least once per day. Check back often to see which of your classmates will be online during your reunion! Last update: October 18, 1:03 pm

    Jim Allen
    Richard (Dick) Anderson
    William Christian
    Robert Diamond
    James Fett
    Alvan Gendein
    Paul Herman
    Bruce Hiller
    Vincent Hunt
    Robert Kalina
    Michael Koch
    Thaddeus Lelwica
    Michael Levitt
    Murray Lufkin
    James Marquardt
    Robert Morse
    Bruce Nydahl
    Barbara Olson
    Henry Osekowski
    Paul Silverstein
    Gershom Thompson
    Ronald Villella
    Louis Vontver

  • 1961

    Virtual Class Reunion: Saturday, October 16, 11 am CDT | ZOOM LINK: z.umn.edu/md1961reunion

    REUNION COMMITTEE:

    Tom Birkey
    Karen Olness
    John Salchert

    REUNION ATTENDEES:

    Below are all of the alumni who attended the class virtual reunion on October 16.  Last update: October 16, 1:00 pm

    Bruce Bart
    Tom Birkey
    Martin Bruhl
    Robert Bundt
    Bill Conrad
    Ronald Guttmann
    Irving Katz
    Gerald Mindrum
    Karen Olness
    Franklin Pass
    Mac Peterson
    John Salchert

  • 1965

    Virtual Class Reunion: Saturday, October 16, 2 pm CDT | ZOOM LINK: z.umn.edu/md1965reunion

    REUNION COMMITTEE:

    Arne Lagus
    Freeman Wong
    James Zeese
    James Zavoral

    REUNION ATTENDEES:

    Below are all of the alumni who attended the class virtual reunion on October 16. Last update: October 16, 4:00 pm

    Yossef Aelony
    John Barry
    Larry Brettingen
    Marilyn Campbell
    James Halverson
    Arne Lagus
    Audrey Nelson
    Raymond Weiss
    Gilbert Westreich
    Paul Wicklund
    Thomas Wilmot
    Jon Wogensen
    Freeman Wong
    James Zavoral
    James Zeese

  • 1966

    Virtual Class Reunion: Friday, October 15, 11 am CDT | ZOOM LINK: z.umn.edu/md1966reunion

    REUNION COMMITTEE:

    Robert Christensen
    Robert McKenna
    Rachel Trockman
    David Weston
    Richard Wicklund

    REUNION ATTENDEES:

    Below are all of the alumni who attended the class virtual reunion on October 15. Last update: October 15, 1:00 pm

    Neil Arnold
    Bob Christensen
    Hashem Fatemi
    Nels Langsten
    Jan Sarnecki
    David Trudeau
    Dick Wicklund
    Kent Wilson

  • 1970

    Virtual Class Reunion: Sunday, October 17, 5 pm CDT | ZOOM LINK: z.umn.edu/md1970reunion

    Unofficial Class Happy Hour: Friday, October 15, 5 pm CDT

    In addition to the virtual reunion, some of the class members are planning to gather for an unofficial celebration happy hour at Surly Brewing Company on Friday, October 15 at 5 p.m. This event is not sponsored by the University of Minnesota or the Medical School and the University is not responsible for any loss or injuries that may occur during this event. We ask that event attendees be vaccinated or have a recent negative test for COVID-19 and follow CDC guidelines for face masks and social distancing in order to ensure the health and safety of event attendees.

    REUNION COMMITTEE:

    John Cervenka
    Jim Ehlen
    Dan Frenning
    Kent Molde
    Rick Nemer
    Jay Noren
    Eugene Ollila
    Bill Reid
    Barbara Schneidman
    Victor Yu 

    REUNION ATTENDEES:

    Below are all of the alumni who attended the class virtual reunion on October 17. Last update: October 17, 7:00 pm

    Daniel Ahlberg
    John Cervenka
    Noel Dysart
    Daniel Frenning
    Carroll Galvin
    Milton Hanson
    Stephen Henry
    Ernest Lampe
    Jeff Liebo
    Robert Lund
    Kent Molde
    Jay Noren
    Eugene Ollila
    Bill Reid
    Tom Rozycki
    Steve Schepper
    Barbara Schneidman
    Marshall Schwartz
    William Shimp
    Allan Solum

  • 1971

    Virtual Class Reunion: Thursday, October 14, 7 pm CDT | ZOOM LINK: z.umn.edu/md1971reunion

    REUNION COMMITTEE:

    James Buhr
    Gerald Larson
    Tedford Luck
    William Rom
    Ray Wood

    REUNION ATTENDEES:

    Below are all of the alumni who attended the class virtual reunion on October 14. Last update: October 14, 9:30 pm

    James Buhr
    Sally Ehlers
    Thomas Fleisher
    Ivan Frantz
    Jon Gentry
    Thomas Haggar
    Byron Hoogwerf
    Thomas Hurwitz
    Douglas Koehntop
    Gerald Larson
    Ted Luck
    Lawrence Nelson
    David Palmer
    James Patka
    LoAnn Peterson
    William Rom
    Phil Schiller
    Jim Smith
    Thomas Tilsner
    Mark Warnken
    Ray Wood

  • 1990

    Virtual Class Reunion: Saturday, October 9, 6 pm CDT | ZOOM LINK: z.umn.edu/md1990reunion

    Unofficial Class Picnic: Sunday, October 10, 2 pm CDT

    In addition to the virtual reunion, some of the class members are planning to gather for an unofficial celebration picnic at Veterans Park in Richfield MN on Sunday, October 10 at 2 p.m. Please join us for either or both events, and feel free to bring a snack to share at the picnic. The picnic is not sponsored by the University of Minnesota or the Medical School and the University is not responsible for any loss or injuries that may occur during this event. We ask that event attendees be vaccinated or have a recent negative test for COVID-19 and follow CDC guidelines for face masks and social distancing in order to ensure the health and safety of event attendees.

    REUNION COMMITTEE:

    Leslie Good Norton
    Barbara Johnson
    David Johnson
    Tom Winegarden

    REUNION ATTENDEES:

    Below are all of the alumni who attended the class virtual reunion on October 9. Last update: October 9, 8:00 pm

    Mala Balakumar
    David Johnson
    Paul Geary
    Leslie Good Norton
    Randy Rice
    Paul Richardson
    Heidi Street
    Mike Walker

  • 1995

    Virtual Class Reunion: To be scheduled

    REUNION COMMITTEE:

    Benjamin Tsoi

    REUNION ATTENDEES:

    Below are all of the alumni who have registered for the class virtual reunion. This list will be updated at least once per day. Check back often to see which of your classmates will be online during your reunion! Last update: October 18, 1:03 pm

    Eric Nelson
    Kirsten Nelson
    Anita Oakman
    Elaine Ong
    William Tanner