Medical Alumni Society honors four outstanding graduates

Four University of Minnesota Medical School alumni were honored for their work in the service of the medical profession at the Medical School Alumni Awards Banquet on September 18 at the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota’s East Bank campus.

The University of Minnesota Medical Alumni Society (MAS) is honoring these graduates with the following awards:

Harold S. Diehl Award

The lifetime achievement Harold S. Diehl Award is granted to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the University of Minnesota Medical School, the University as a whole, and the community. It was established in honor of the Medical School’s fifth dean, Harold Sheely Diehl, M.D.

Sharon Allen

Allen is recognized by many for her selfless devotion to medical student education. The 1981 resident alumna has become a role model for what it takes to be an outstanding physician through the long-term Physician and Patient and Essentials of Clinical Medicine courses, through which she has skillfully taught dozens of first- and second-year students to interview patients and perform physical exams. A faculty member of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University since 1982, Allen is also a National Institutes of Health-funded smoking cessation researcher and an active clinical practitioner.


Early Distinguished Career Alumni Award

The Early Distinguished Career Alumni Award is given to a physician for exceptional accomplishments within 15 years of graduating from or completing his or her residency at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Bradley Benson

A leader by example and a consummate physician, Benson combined his passions for teaching and clinical excellence when he became director of the University’s Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program in 2002. In this role, he guided and mentored nearly 100 residents through their four years of residency training. Now director of the Department of Medicine’s Division of General Internal Medicine, Benson, a 1999 resident alumnus, also has built and led an outstanding academic hospitalist program and has developed competency measures for doctors-in-training that are now used throughout the United States and Canada.


Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes University of Minnesota Medical School alumni who have made outstanding contributions to their communities — at the local, regional, or national level — through medical practice, teaching, research, or other humanitarian activities.

Robert Bosl

A member of the Medical School Class of 1979, Bösl has served the small west central Minnesota town of Starbuck since 1982 and is now the city’s only physician. When the local hospital closed in 2005, Bösl and his wife, Vickie, took out a home loan and invested their retirement savings to build a modern clinic so the town would continue to have access to care locally. Before attending medical school, he served as a medical corpsman in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, earning a Purple Heart and Bronze Star, among several other military honors.

Mark Jacobson

After a transformative trip to Africa as a first-year medical student, Jacobson has compassionately and skillfully devoted his career to improving health for the people of Tanzania. Besides employing community-level strategies to improve water quality, nutrition, and sanitation practices, Jacobson — despite having faced seemingly insurmountable mental, physical, and financial barriers — also opened Selian Lutheran Hospital and Arusha Lutheran Medical Center in Tanzania to meet the region’s health demands. In addition, the 1978 Medical School graduate has hosted more than 30 University of Minnesota medical students who were completing international rotations, and many have called their experiences “life-changing.”



Published on March 24, 2015