Chief Residents

chad-radiologyChad Christensen, MD

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Where did you do undergrad and medical school?

I attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah for undergraduate studies and Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa for medical school.

What do you do when you’re no practicing medicine?

I spend a lot of time with my family. I have a wife and 3 young boys. We enjoy visiting the local parks, restaurants, and swimming at the lakes. I personally love the outdoors and spend lots of my free time hiking, mountain biking, fishing, paddle boarding, golfing, ice hockey during the winter, or any other activity I get to do outside.

Why did you choose the U of M for your residency?

The University of Minnesota provides a great high volume experience with a wide variety of pathology from a trauma center as well as academic, pediatric, and VA hospital systems. I knew that training here would prepare me to hit the ground running in a career within private practice or academia. Additionally, there is a great positive atmosphere and tremendous collegiality amongst the residents and staff.

Where do you see yourself in the near future?

I will be headed to the University of Utah for an Abdominal Imaging Fellowship.

brydone jackMichael Brydone-Jack, MD

Where are you from?

I am from Grants Pass, OR.

Where did you do undergrad and med school?

I went to Oregon State University for my BS in Biology. I also completed a certificate in medical humanities. I attended Oregon Health and Science University for medical school.

What do you do when you're not practicing medicine?

I am happiest in the great outdoors. When I am not in the reading room, you can find me and my camera out on a hike somewhere beautiful. Since starting residency, I have also found a new passion in cooking.

Why did you choose the U of M for your residency?

I chose the University of Minnesota for residency because I wanted the broad exposure we receive as residents, and I wanted to train in a supportive, collegial environment. The four hospitals we work at compliment each other, and graduates of our program receive a well-rounded education. Faculty at all sites are engaged, and passionate about resident education.

Where do you see yourself in the near future?

I will be completing a fellowship in Breast Imaging at the University of California, Irvine.

evensonAlissa Evenson, MD

Where are you from?

I grew up in Fairfax, MN, a town of less than 1500 in southern MN.

Where did you go to undergrad and medical school?

I did my undergrad at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, majoring in English and Political Science and graduated in 2004. I did self-directed post-baccalaureate pre-med courses at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA, from fall 2009-2011. I graduated from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey, PA, in 2016.

What do you do when you’re not practicing medicine?

Most of my free time is spent with my husband and two daughters (5 and 1). We enjoy going for walks, runs, and bike rides, spending time at our family’s camper in the summer, and fishing. I enjoy playing piano when I have a few minutes of spare time and pre-COVID I sang in our church’s praise band.

Why did you choose the University of Minnesota for residency?

I wanted to return to the upper Midwest to be close to family, and what made the program here stand out for me versus others in the tri-state area was the approachability of the faculty and residents during my interview day, the opportunity to see a variety of pathology due to the multiple training sites, and the convenience of a categorical program with the transitional year at HCMC. Additionally, the amenities available in the metro area (nice airport with lots of direct flights, major league sporting teams, museums, theater/concerts, and dining options) combined with the ease of access to outdoor activities (hiking/biking/running trails, lakes, etc.) make this a great place to live and raise a family, especially in a field where you are afforded more time for life outside medicine than you are in other specialties. I'm happy with my choice on both counts: for radiology as a specialty and for the U as a residency program.

Where do you see yourself in the near future?

I plan to practice general radiology at a to be determined location in Minnesota.