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  • Tracking the path of a stroke

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    Hoyt Finnamore
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    Maryel Andison was a university communications and fundraising specialist living with her husband and children in Winnipeg when she suffered a stroke. It was a warm Sunday morning, she was watering flowers, and she was just 51 years old. Maryel waited three days before deciding to see a doctor. By the time she was referred to a neurologist, she learned there would be more delays, including waiting for the imaging tests that would show exactly what had occurred in her brain. But instead of allowing more time to elapse, she decided to seek advice from Mayo Clinic. Maryel's ties to Mayo go back…
  • Kidney cancer survivor joins Mayo experts to share the changing treatment of kidney cancer

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    Bob Nellis
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:22 am
    Cynthia Chauhan joins Winston Tan, M.D., and Al Copland, Ph.D., both from the Mayo Clinic in Florida, for our second blog post in a lengthy series about kidney cancer. Cynthia is a Mayo Clinic patient who is a kidney and breast cancer survivor, leader of a kidney cancer survivor group, and patient advocate. Cynthia would like to share her thoughts on clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC), the most common form of kidney cancer and the diagnosis that she received over 16 years ago. Chauhan: ccRCC is an aggressive cancer which, with the exception of high dose IL2, a difficult treatment with…
  • Dissecting Innovation

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    AJ Montpetit
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
      Post written by Ron Amodeo, Director, Office of Business Development - Mayo Clinic   Dissect your company’s old innovations to create the right culture for new ones Of the many ways your organization might try to become competent at innovation, dissecting an internal innovation project (whether it failed or succeeded) is a relatively risk free and cost-effective approach to building innovation know-how. By studying how a past innovation evolved, your organization can develop a shared model useful for undertaking innovation projects in the future. Factors that contributed to the…
  • Mayo Clinic Radio: Five Questions to Ask Your Surgeon

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    McCray
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    Finding out you need surgery can create anxiety and a long list of questions.  On the next Mayo Clinic Radio, Saturday, October 4 at 9 a.m. CT, we'll discuss at least five questions to ask your surgeon. Chair of Mayo's surgical quality subcommittee Robert Cima, M.D., will be here to walk us through those questions and more. There are things you can do in advance of any surgery that will make the whole process run more smoothly and maybe even speed your recovery.  We hope you'll join us! Myth or Fact:  The duration of an operation doesn't matter. Follow #MayoClinicRadio and tweet your…
  • The Greatest Taboo: Mental Illness, Society, Science, and Medicine

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    Andrew M. Harrsion
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:04 pm
    By Andrew M. Harrison In 1902, Bertrand Russell wrote, “Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty—a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture, without appeal to any part of our weaker nature, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music, yet sublimely pure, and capable of a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show.” Beautiful words by one of my heroes and also the pathetic opening to my medical school application essay in the summer of 2009. I did not even get the date correct, but it did not matter then and does not matter…
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  • Tracking the path of a stroke

    Hoyt Finnamore
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    Maryel Andison was a university communications and fundraising specialist living with her husband and children in Winnipeg when she suffered a stroke. It was a warm Sunday morning, she was watering flowers, and she was just 51 years old. Maryel waited three days before deciding to see a doctor. By the time she was referred to a neurologist, she learned there would be more delays, including waiting for the imaging tests that would show exactly what had occurred in her brain. But instead of allowing more time to elapse, she decided to seek advice from Mayo Clinic. Maryel's ties to Mayo go back…
  • Overcoming the Hospital ‘Fear Factor’ to Catch Cancer Early

    Hoyt Finnamore
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    Michael Tessmer got out of his parents' car and stared at the hospital building before him. His parents had brought him to a hospital in his home state of Iowa for the first of 14 surgeries to repair a cleft palate. Each time, young Michael would be dropped off on the front steps of the hospital, and he would not see his parents again until the hospital released him. "I don't know if that was hospital policy or what," he says. "But I'd be down there anywhere from two weeks to a month each time, all alone." That did little to instill trust and confidence in the medical world. In fact, it did…
  • Mayo Clinic Clinical Trial Helps Physician Take On Multiple Myeloma

    Paul Scotti
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:58 am
    When 69-year-old allergist and rheumatologist Mike Mass. M.D., was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in August 2013, he quickly realized that being the patient and trusting the advice of a fellow physician with expertise in a disease outside of his realm of expertise would be a challenge. “I’ve always advocated open communications with my patients about their treatment options, as it’s important for the physician and patient to be on the same page,” says Dr. Mass. “Although I’m not a cancer expert, I know enough about the disease to ask lots of questions of my own oncologist on…
  • A Golden Dream

    Hoyt Finnamore
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:58 pm
    After being diagnosed with cancer, Joan Hittner, along with her husband, David, created an organization to raise money to find a cure. Today, David and daughter Christine continue the work. In 2011, Joan and David Hittner opened a letter from the Mayo Clinic Department of Development. Inside was a request: Would they consider donating $25 to support cancer research? The Hittners quickly agreed that $25 wasn’t nearly enough. “After what we’d just been through, that seemed a minuscule amount,” says David. “We started talking about what more we could do.” The couple, from the Winona,…
  • Physician Experiences the Mayo “Patient Experience” After Double Lung Transplant

    Paul Scotti
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:01 am
    When a doctor suddenly becomes the patient with a life-threatening illness, Mayo Clinic’s commitment to high-quality medical care that puts the needs of the patient first takes on fresh perspective, especially as it relates to the principle of compassionate care, which is a hallmark of Mayo Clinic. Such was the case when Joseph J. Tepas III, M.D., a 68-year-old pediatric surgeon in Jacksonville, Florida, learned that the wheezing and shortness of breath he was experiencing turned out to be idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a potentially life-threatening disease that occurs from…
 
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  • Kidney cancer survivor joins Mayo experts to share the changing treatment of kidney cancer

    Bob Nellis
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:22 am
    Cynthia Chauhan joins Winston Tan, M.D., and Al Copland, Ph.D., both from the Mayo Clinic in Florida, for our second blog post in a lengthy series about kidney cancer. Cynthia is a Mayo Clinic patient who is a kidney and breast cancer survivor, leader of a kidney cancer survivor group, and patient advocate. Cynthia would like to share her thoughts on clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC), the most common form of kidney cancer and the diagnosis that she received over 16 years ago. Chauhan: ccRCC is an aggressive cancer which, with the exception of high dose IL2, a difficult treatment with…
  • New Sickle Cell Disease Guidelines from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

    Bob Nellis
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    A team of international experts including M. Hassan Murad, M.D., Mayo Clinic Preventive Medicine and Mayo Clinic Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, has published new clinical guidelines for treatment of sickle cell disease (SCD) in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association. Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder — a condition in which there aren't enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen throughout the body, resulting in anemia, infections and pain. SCD affects nearly 100,000 people in the United States and is associated with many…
  • Mayo Clinic and Karolinska Institutet Celebrate 20 years

    Bob Nellis
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    It's been two decades since researchers from Mayo began annual scientific meetings with their counterparts at Karolinska, which is one of the top medical universities in Europe and the world. Beginning with investigators studying  metabolism issues, the relationship grew to include educational exchanges, many other medical disciplines and even organizational and planning sessions. Upwards of 80 delegates are arriving from Stockholm for two days of seminars, presentations and group meetings this week in Rochester. Heading the delegation will be Karolinska's president and vice chancellor, Dr.
  • Four New Partner Organizations Join Optum Labs Research Collaborative

    Bob Nellis
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Optum Labs, the collaborative research and innovation center co-founded by Optum and Mayo Clinic, announced the addition of four new partners committed to improving the quality and value of patient care. These new partner organizations, which represent a cross-section of health care stakeholders, are: Harvard Medical School Department of Health Care Policy Medica Research Institute Merck University of Maryland, Baltimore Optum Labs, with the largest, de-identified patient database in health care, is the first open, collaborative research and innovation center designed to accelerate health…
  • Michael Sarr, M.D. Honored by College of Surgeons

    Bob Nellis
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Michael Sarr, M.D., surgeon and scientist Mayo Clinic gastroenterologic surgeon and scientist Michael Sarr, M.D., is being honored by the American College of Surgeons for his research contributions, surgical expertise and mentorship of the next generation of surgical leaders. The ACS Committee for the Forum on Fundamental Surgical Problems has dedicated the new volume of the Surgical Forum to Dr. Sarr in recognition of his contributions to the surgical profession. Dr. Sarr’s research has included work on gut transplants and pancreatic and bariatric diseases. He has published more than 500…
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    Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation

  • Dissecting Innovation

    AJ Montpetit
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
      Post written by Ron Amodeo, Director, Office of Business Development - Mayo Clinic   Dissect your company’s old innovations to create the right culture for new ones Of the many ways your organization might try to become competent at innovation, dissecting an internal innovation project (whether it failed or succeeded) is a relatively risk free and cost-effective approach to building innovation know-how. By studying how a past innovation evolved, your organization can develop a shared model useful for undertaking innovation projects in the future. Factors that contributed to the…
  • Monday Motivations

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    29 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
                Enjoy the wallpaper, and have a great week!      
  • What Happens When You Empower Your Employees For Innovation

    center_for_innovation
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:07 pm
        The Center for Innovation (CFI) launched in June 2008, beginning it's work to transform the experience and delivery of health and health care. By connecting people inside of Mayo Clinic and identifying opportunities, solutions can be realized to transform care delivery and experience, and accelerates the pace of innovation across the organization. "Innovation requires finding new ideas and experimentation to develop them into working solutions. The CoDE funds are a very effective way for us to sustain this kind of rapid innovation and the results of the projects have been…
  • Watch Your Language If You Want To Change Behavior

    center_for_innovation
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:50 pm
        Robert Conn, M.D., presented this year at Transform about how he learned to look through a new lens at language and how it affects our ability to effect change. Dr. Conn is a former children's heart surgeon who put down his scalpel to launch SMARTRISK, an organization dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives (and keeping people out of the hospital). During his residency, as Dr. Conn tells it, his attention was turned to accident prevention during a transplant rotation and, specifically, his time on the harvest team. "I quickly became aware that all our donors were…
  • Doctor Behind ‘House’ Puzzlers Says Bringing Errors Out Into Open Helps Us Learn

    center_for_innovation
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:15 am
        “Why is this patient empowerment thing so difficult?” That’s a question moderator John Hockenberry asked kicking off Monday’s sessions at the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation’s Transform 2014. He followed with the question he described as the big idea of Transform, “Who is responsible for health in the community?” The symposium, designed to highlight thought-provoking, inspiring ideas, wrapped on Sept. 9 this year. You can view the updates for Transform 2015 on the website. The first session on Monday morning was designed to get to the heart of Hockenberry’s…
 
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  • Mayo Clinic Radio: Five Questions to Ask Your Surgeon

    McCray
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    Finding out you need surgery can create anxiety and a long list of questions.  On the next Mayo Clinic Radio, Saturday, October 4 at 9 a.m. CT, we'll discuss at least five questions to ask your surgeon. Chair of Mayo's surgical quality subcommittee Robert Cima, M.D., will be here to walk us through those questions and more. There are things you can do in advance of any surgery that will make the whole process run more smoothly and maybe even speed your recovery.  We hope you'll join us! Myth or Fact:  The duration of an operation doesn't matter. Follow #MayoClinicRadio and tweet your…
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  • Mayo Clinic Radio: Coronary Artery Disease

    McCray
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Miss the show? Here's the podcast: Mayo Clinic Radio Full Show 9-27-2014 On the next Mayo Clinic Radio, Saturday, September 27 at 9 a.m. CT, we'll discuss coronary artery disease with Chairman of the Department of Cardiology at Mayo Clinic Charanjit 'Chet' Rihal, M.D. Why is heart disease such a big problem?  How do you tell the difference between heartburn and a heart attack? How do surgeons replace a heart valve without opening your chest?  We'll find out this and more. Join us! Myth or Fact: Someone with diabetes is at higher risk of having a heart attack than someone who has already…
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  • Mayo Clinic Radio: Suicide Awareness

    McCray
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Miss the show? Here is the podcast: Mayo Clinic Radio Full Show 9-20-2014 44min mp3 Has suicide ever touched your life or someone you know? On the next Mayo Clinic Radio, Saturday, September 20 at 9 a.m. CT, we'll talk with psychiatrist Marin Veldic, M.D., about why suicide is such a difficult subject to discuss.  Please join this sensitive and important conversation. What should you do if you're feeling like life isn't worth living? How can you help someone you think may be having thoughts of suicide?  We'll find out. Myth or Fact: The suicide of a celebrity leads to an increase in…
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  • The Greatest Taboo: Mental Illness, Society, Science, and Medicine

    Andrew M. Harrsion
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:04 pm
    By Andrew M. Harrison In 1902, Bertrand Russell wrote, “Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty—a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture, without appeal to any part of our weaker nature, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music, yet sublimely pure, and capable of a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show.” Beautiful words by one of my heroes and also the pathetic opening to my medical school application essay in the summer of 2009. I did not even get the date correct, but it did not matter then and does not matter…
  • Avoiding a Career as a Perpetual Postdoc

    Clara Castillejobecerra
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:17 am
    As trainees, we are faced with a frustrating reality-- the job market cannot meet the increasing supply of PhDs. We know this and most of us decide to pursue further postdoctoral training in order to become more qualified for the limited positions. Unfortunately, the few years we anticipate for postdoctoral training can extend longer than desired, thereby causing many of us to become stuck in perpetual postdoctoral work. Disillusioned by the process, a portion of us will abandon our initial career goals to settle for less than desired or just leave science altogether. But are some of us…
  • Learning to Listen: Doing Federal Policy from the Bottom-Up in Indian Country

    Andrew M. Harrsion
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:46 pm
    By Ibrahim Garba, MA, JD, LLM In a Philosophy and Medicine course I took in graduate school, the professor spent the semester comparing two models of medicine: the biomedical and the humanistic. Broadly speaking, the biomedical model is based on a view of persons being measurable, empirical entities that can be restored to health through the return of bodily functions and processes to a state of normalcy (statistically defined). In contrast, the humanistic model proposes a dualistic view of personhood, framing humans as being constituted of both “body” and “self”. Consequently,…
  • Lessons from My First Year in Graduate School

    Crystal Mendoza
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:51 pm
    I would like to thank my fellow Diversity Blog editors for their helpful advice and input for this blog post. As summer begins, my first year of graduate school comes to an end. The fact that my first year of graduate school has come to a close brings mixed feelings. I have come a bit further than I was at this same time last year, and thankfully, have learned a few things. In honor of the incoming graduate school class, I have decided to dedicate this post to them to hopefully offer some helpful advice on first-year experiences. The most important aspect of a PhD is the mentor and lab in…
  • Why aren’t more white males a part of the Lean In discussion at Mayo Clinic?

    Andrew M. Harrsion
    29 Jun 2014 | 5:36 pm
    By Rielyn R. Campbell I think Jackson Katz said it best in his Ted talk from November 2012, “A lot of men hear the term “women’s issues” and we tend to tune it out, and we think, “Hey, I’m a guy. That’s for girls.” Or “That’s for the women.” And “a lot of men literally don’t get beyond the first sentence as a result.” I hope if you are a man reading this, you get past the first sentence. On June 19, 2014, I attended the Lean In session (link through Mayo Clinic intranet only), hosted by Mayo Clinic’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and several Mayo Employee…
 
 
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