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North Memorial Residents

Read what North Memorial graduates say about their residency experience.

First Year

   
FMCH Education Residency North Memorial Residents Birkland

Bassim Birkland, MD, MPH
Hometown:
St. Paul, Minnesota
Undergrad:
University of Minnesota
Medical school:
Medical University of South Carolina
Medical interests: Infectious disease, epidemiology, global health, health disparities, health equity, health systems
Personal interests: Travel
Why North Memorial: Underserved patient population, great faculty, broad spectrum training
 

 

 
FMCH Education Residency North Memorial Residents Franchi Winters  Rachel Franchi-Winters, DO
Hometown:
Athol, Maine
Undergrad:
Simmons College
Medical school:
Midwestern UniversityArizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Medical interests: Social determinants of health, research, chronic disease, women's health, community medicine
Personal interests: Camping, road trips, thrift shopping, yoga, board games
Why North Memorial: Great fit on interview day, diverse and enthusiastic faculty and residents, broad spectrum training, underserved patient population, intensive weekly didactics
FMCH Education Residency North Memorial Residents Hubbell  Alexander Hubbell, MD, MPH
Hometown:
Des Moines, Iowa
Undergrad:
Harvard University
Medical school:
University of Iowa
Medical interests: Public health/policy, international medicine, electronic health record, telemedicine, underserved care
Personal interests: General sporting/frolicking, board games
Why North Memorial: Range of opportunities and diverse interests and personalities of faculty and residents
 FMCH Education Residency North Memorial Residents Kidd Emily Kidd, MD
Hometown:
Rochester, Minnesota
Undergrad:
University of Minnesota
Medical school:
Boston University
Medical interests: Urban underserved, maternal and child health
Personal interests: Running, hiking, traveling
Why North Memorial: Supportive and talented faculty and residents, broad spectrum training, diverse patient population, outreach opportunities
 FMCH Education Residency North Memorial Residents Lownick Elizabeth Lownik, MD, MPH
Hometown:
Hales Corner, Wisconsin
Undergrad:
University of Dayton
Medical school:
University of Minnesota
Medical interests: International health, public health, systems and quality improvement
Personal interests: Running, biking, climbing, books, traveling, spending time with family and friends
Why North Memorial: 1) The people: patients, faculty, residents; 2) The learning: great teachers, didactics, clinical opportunities
 FMCH Education Residency North Memorial Residents Medina Eduardo Medina, MD, MPH
Hometown:
New York City, New York
Undergrad:
Westeyan University
Medical school:
University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Underserved care, history of medicine, public health, single payer health care, health disparities
Personal interests: Music, sports, travel
Why North Memorial: I chose North Memorial for the commitment to the North Minneapolis community, excellent faculty, and recognition of the impact of social determinants of health. 
 FMCH Education Residency North Memorial Residents Mustain

Nathan Mustain, MD
Hometown:
Urbana, Illinois
Undergrad:
Loyola University Chicago
Medical school:
University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Underserved medicine, social medicine, global health, OB, sports medicine, evidence-based medicine
Personal interests: Mountains, travel, exercise, reading, music
Why North Memorial: Unparalleled compassion; brilliance and dedication in staff; fun and challenging patient population

 FMCH Education Residency North Memorial Residents Pyform Natasha Pyfrom, MD
Hometown:
Omaha, Nebraska
Undergrad:
University of Nebraska Omaha
Medical school:
Creighton University
Medical interests: Underserved medicine, emergency care, global health, sexual health, sports medicine
Personal interests: Faith, family, tennis, time outdoors, reading, trying new hairstyles, staying warm
Why North Memorial: Level I trauma center; underserved patient population; world renowned Program in Human Sexuality at the University of Minnesota; large, diverse group of residents, faculty, and staff
 FMCH Education Residency North Memorial Residents Spingarn Russell Spingarn, MD
Hometown:
Ithaca, New York
Undergrad:
McGill University
Medical school:
University of Pittsburgh
Medical interests: Rural medicine, global health, motivational interviewing
Personal interests: Read, play the piano, enjoy the outdoors
Why North Memorial: I chose North Memorial because of its emphasis on serving the underserved and its full spectrum family medicine training (including pediatrics and OB). The faculty and residents are very knowledgeable and approachable. I knew my training would prepare me to practice in any setting. 
 FMCH Education Residency North Memorial Residents Widstrom Luke Widstrom, DO
Hometown:
Duluth, Minnesota
Undergrad:
Bethel University
Medical school:
Des Moines University
Medical interests: Sports medicine, wilderness medicine, osteopathic manipulation, international medicine
Personal interests: Skiing, basketball, running, hiking, backpacking, fishing, music, trying new restaurants, traveling
Why North Memorial: Great faculty committed to teaching, excellent sports medicine opportunities, underserved patient population, passionate residents, DO faculty, international practice opportunities
   

Second Year

 
FM NM Res T Christensen

Trent Christensen, MD
Hometown:
Thief River Falls, Minnesota
Undergrad:
University of North Dakota
Medical school:
University of Minnesota
Medical interests:
Sports medicine
Personal interests:
Sports, weight lifting, half price appetizers
Why North Memorial:
Great sports medicine opportunities, great faculty, good facilities

FM NM Res B Gilbertson Betsy Gilbertson, MD
Hometown:
St. Paul, Minnesota
Undergrad:
Carleton College
Medical school:
Creighton University
Medical interests:
Urban underserved medicine, women's health
Personal interests:
Biking, cooking, spending time outdoors
Why North Memorial:
Diverse patient populations, community involvement, great faculty and residents, commitment to teaching
FM NM Res D Goodman Dave Goodman, MD
Hometown:
Syracuse, New York
Undergrad:
Franklin and Marshall College
Medical school:
George Washington University
Medical interests:
Care coordination, underserved care
Personal interests:
Tennis, biking, thrift store ties
Why North Memorial:
UMN's strong reputation for family medicine; continuity clinic in an underserved community; welcoming faculty who seemed genuinely interested in teaching
FM NM Res K Kallestad

Kristin (Krissy) Kallestad, MD, PhD
Hometown:
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
Undergrad:
St. Catherine's University
Medical school:
University of Minnesota
Medical interests:
Chemical dependency, mental health, women's health, pediatrics
Personal interests:
Camping, hiking, cooking, reading, spending time with my husband and daughter
Why North Memorial:
Faculty diversity and enthusiasm, underserved patient population

FMCH North Memorial Resident Tim Kufahl Photo Timothy Kufahl, MD, MS
Hometown:
Merrill, Wisconsin
Undergrad:
Marquette University
Medical school:
University of Wisconsin
Medical interests:
Underserved, community, and global health; wilderness medicine
Personal interests:
Mountain and road cycling, backpacking, hiking, Nordic skiing
Why North Memorial:
This residency offers an incredible opportunity to work with exceptional faculty and staff in an environment emphasizing teamwork and fostering leadership, with the goal to help serve the unique, underserved community of North Minneapolis. Also, Minneapolis is an amazing city, offering culture and access to the outdoors.
FMCH North Memorial Resident Elycia Matushin Severson Photo Elycia Matushin, MD
Hometown:
Aberdeen, South Dakota
Undergrad:
University of Minnesota
Medical school:
University of South Dakota
Medical interests:
Adolescent and rural medicine, women's health
Personal interests:
Reading, cooking, spending time with family
Why North Memorial:
Great faculty, broad spectrum training, only residents in the hospital, diverse community
FMCH Education Residency North Memorial Residents Maxwell Photo Shane Maxwell, DO
Hometown: Chattanooga, Tennessee
Undergrad: Bryan College
Medical school: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Medical interest: Sports medicine
Personal interests: Spending time with family, watching University of Tennessee football, soccer, cycling, playing guitar and mandolin
Why North Memorial: Sports medicine opportunities, excellent relationships between faculty and residents, faculty dedication to personal growth
 
FM NM Res L McClean Lisa McClean, MD
Hometown:
Mahtomedi, Minnesota
Undergrad:
Harvard University
Medical school:
University of Minnesota
Medical interests:
Urban underserved medicine, procedures
Personal interests:
Board games, trivia, movies
Why North Memorial:
I rotated at Broadway Family Medicine in medical school. The faculty, residents, and patient population were great to work with.
FM NM Res L Sederberg Elisabeth Sederberg, MD
Hometown:
Duluth, Minnesota
Undergrad:
Carleton College
Medical school:
Medical College of Wisconsin
Medical interests:
Rural and international medicine, underserved OB, behavioral health, health policy
Personal interests:
Running, reading, cooking, playing Frisbee, playing with my dog, playing cello, Nordic skiing, camping
Why North Memorial:
Inspiring, fun, interesting residents; faculty committed to each other and their patients; opportunities for rural, urban, and international practice
FM NM Res A Vlasak Andrea Vlasak, MD
Hometown:
Rochester, Minnesota
Undergrad:
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Medical school:
University of Minnesota
Medical interests:
OB, sports medicine, public health
Personal interests:
Reading, hiking, biking, movies, trivia, cooking
Why North Memorial:
Underserved patient population, diverse faculty interests, great OB opportunities, large resident group to socialize with
FM NM Res C Walsh Cora Walsh, MD
Hometown:
Buffalo, Minnesota
Undergrad:
Denison University
Medical school:
Cornell University
Medical interests:
Underserved medicine, including global health, community health, and health policy
Personal interests:
Music, running, biking, kayaking, cooking, thrift store shopping
Why North Memorial:
I chose North Memorial because of the focus on underserved populations and community health; diversity of faculty strengths; didactics curriculum; and engagement with health policy. Also, I loved the culture of the program: the support, mentorship and community between residents and faculty, and energy.
   

Third Year

   
FM NM Bergeson Keri Bergeson, MD
Hometown:
Grafton, North Dakota
Undergrad: Concordia College
Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Underserved medicine, women’s health, adolescent medicine
Personal interests: Trying new restaurants, cooking, spending time outdoors
Why North Memorial: Great faculty and teaching, interesting patient population
FM NM Chung Jen Chung, MD
Hometown:
Vallejo, California
Undergrad: University of California, Berkeley
Medical school: Temple University
Medical interests: Adolescent medicine, nutrition and wellness, underserved medicine
Personal interests: Running, soccer, cooking, eating new foods, reading good fiction
Why North Memorial: Truly diverse patient population, commitment to community, involved residents
FM NM Helland Tyler Helland, MD
Hometown:
LeCenter, Minnesota
Undergrad: University of Minnesota, Morris
Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Broad spectrum rural care
Personal interests:
Running, playing bass, model warship combat
Why North Memorial:
Great faculty, great broad spectrum training
FM NM Hired Liban Hired, MD
Hometown:
Mogadishu, Somalia
Medical school: Ege University Medical School, Turkey, and Osmanazi University Medical School, Turkey
Medical interests: Infectious disease
Personal interests: I am married with three children and enjoy being with my family. In my spare time, I play soccer with friends and read.
Why North Memorial: Family medicine is the specialty that gives me the opportunity to touch lives of different patients with different backgrounds and serve the underserved.
FM NM Jama Muna Jama, MD
Hometown:
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Undergrad:
George Mason University
Medical school:
University of Virginia
Medical interests:
Procedures, international medicine
Personal interests:
Working out
Why North Memorial:
Excellent primary care training

FM NM Karmarkar Medha Karmarkar, MBBS
Hometown:
Pune, India
Undergrad: Garware College
Medical school: Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Medical College
Medical interests: Underserved medicine, women’s health, preventive medicine
Personal interests: Going for long walks, reading, spending time with family, cooking, traveling
Why North Memorial: Only residents at hospital, emphasis on OB, underserved medicine, great faculty and residents
FM NM LaBounty Abby LaBounty, MD
Hometown:
Moose Lake, Minnesota
Undergrad:
Hamline University
Medical school:
University of Minnesota
Medical interests:
Sports medicine
Personal interests:
I enjoy cooking, baking, reading, and spending time with family and friends. I’m an avid Minnesota Twins fan and also enjoy cheering on the Gophers.
Why North Memorial: Strong family medicine training in an independent, family medicine-friendly hospital; diverse faculty; strong, established sports medicine curriculum that includes the opportunity for longitudinal exposure
FM NM Pleasants Susan Pleasants, MD
Hometown:
St. Paul, Minnesota
Undergrad:
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Medical school:
University of Minnesota
Medical interests:
Underserved medicine
Personal interests:
I like to spend time with my wife, our dog, and friends. I love playing board games and biking on our bicycle built for two.
Why North Memorial: I enjoy working with underserved and diverse communities.
FM NM Reff Tessa Reff, MD
Hometown: Bemidji, Minnesota
Undergrad: St. Olaf College
Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Women’s health and OB, complementary and alternative medicine, rural medicine
Personal interests: I strive to beat my husband in cards, prevent the weeds from taking over the garden, read as many books as I can, and make my one-year-old son laugh.
Why North Memorial: Strong OB, diverse faculty and residents, fantastic teaching, protected didactic time


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