Aug 1, 2017

Welcome to the Internal Medicine Residency Blog!

By Chris A. Aakre, M.D. @caaakre
Welcome to the Internal Medicine Residency Blog! Thank you for stopping by!  The purpose of this blog is to highlight: Resident scholarship and awards Important residency news and updates Social committee events Highlight teaching conferences Please e-mail the chiefs if you have any suggestions on content or on how to [...]
Welcome to the Internal Medicine Residency Blog!
May 7, 2018

Go-Live. It's Here.

By Lucinda Gruber @gruberl
After months (really...years!) of planning, Mayo Clinic Rochester has officially switched to Epic EMR. We went live on Saturday - and I am very proud to say that our residents took this transition really well. I'm sure the bagels and Pot Belly sandwiches also helped...but I'd like to think that [...]
Go-Live. It's Here.
May 3, 2018

Dr. Williams and Dr. Oxentenko - Women in Medicine Event

By Lucinda Gruber @gruberl
After a month off from blogging...I'm back. In the interest of time, I'll simply say that post-Match I went to Hawaii, was on hospital service, made pretzels, and ran many miles outside in our beautiful spring weather. There were a few other highlights in there, but I don't think you [...]
Dr. Williams and Dr. Oxentenko - Women in Medicine Event
Mar 16, 2018

Residency Match Day

By Lucinda Gruber @gruberl
We were ecstatic to learn about our very successful Match this year! We toasted the occasion with Potbelly sandwiches and a delicious marble cake as we found out who matched into our IM categorical and prelim positions. I was lucky enough to be in the chief's office later in the afternoon with [...]
Residency Match Day
Mar 2, 2018

Snow Extravaganza

By Lucinda Gruber @gruberl
After four years of saying I would go cross country skiing, I finally made it to the trails. It was a beautiful, sunny Saturday morning and the trail had a nice crispness to it (exhibit A). There are a couple places that rent skis in town, and we went to [...]
Snow Extravaganza
Feb 16, 2018

Snow Tubing Meets Burrito

By Lucinda Gruber @gruberl
I'm not a particularly brave person. I don't like speed, drama, or making split second decisions that influence my safety. When I was 8 years old, I went to a go-kart track and people several decades my senior were lapping me like crazy because I was out for a leisurely [...]
Snow Tubing Meets Burrito
Feb 6, 2018

Nacho Tuesday

By Lucinda Gruber @gruberl
For those of you taco enthusiasts out there, Taco Tuesday is probably the highlight of your week. I would be lying if I said that Taco Tuesday has never been a big motivator for me to wake up, shower, and get dressed on a Tuesday...so I could work...and then TACO. I [...]
Feb 2, 2018

Proceduring.

By Lucinda Gruber @gruberl
Proceduring [pruh-see-jer-ing] v. To perform bedside procedures with great skill and aplomb. Okay, so maybe it wasn't aplomb. Maybe a better word would be competence or capability...something a little less flashy than aplomb. Moral of the story, I didn't blog last week because I was proceduring. I worked with two of [...]
Proceduring.
Jan 19, 2018

Ronald McDonald House Dinner

By Lucinda Gruber @gruberl
Each year, we help prepare, cook, and serve a dinner from the families staying at Ronald McDonald House (just down the street from St. Marys Hospital). This year we hosted a spaghetti dinner, and if the photos are any indication, it was a delicious endeavor! Surprisingly the veggies were less [...]
Ronald McDonald House Dinner
Jan 12, 2018

Welcome to Our Rotators!

By Lucinda Gruber @gruberl
Every 6 months, we are lucky enough to have two residents visit from NUI Galway School of medicine and rotate with our residents. We are very pleased to welcome Niamh and Alan for the Winter/Spring months! They will be helping us out a lot over the coming weeks and months, [...]
Welcome to Our Rotators!
Jan 8, 2018

Chief-lettes are announced. (2019-2020 Chief Residents)

By Lucinda Gruber @gruberl
We have a multitude of terms for this year of our training. Chief year. Chiefdom. Chiefing. We can refer to ourselves as CMRs or hefes if we are feeling particularly saucy. (To be clear, I have never called myself Hefe.) In our group text, we refer to ourselves as the "Big Chiefs" as [...]
Chief-lettes are announced. (2019-2020 Chief Residents)
Jan 4, 2018

Happy New Year from the Chiefs!

By Lucinda Gruber @gruberl
Happy New Year to our avid readers! Or, maybe some not so avid readers. Reluctant readers? Related readers (meaning my mom and her immediate family members)? Or...perhaps just a random person who happened upon this blog and glanced at the first sentence before frantically clicking on a youtube clip or recipe [...]
Happy New Year from the Chiefs!
Dec 22, 2017

Holiday Festivities Galore!

By Lucinda Gruber @gruberl
While last week was for cookie decorating and pet therapy, this week was dedicated to some additional wellness and fun. We completed our second annual stuffed animal drive with impressive success! Over 50 stuffed animals were donated by our residents and will be given to children (and their siblings) who [...]
Holiday Festivities Galore!
Dec 19, 2017

Tis the Season!

By Lucinda Gruber @gruberl
The holiday season brings some of my favorite times at Mayo! Everywhere you walk, there are lights and garlands and wreaths making things cozy and bright with a side of warm fuzzy. I love it. St. Marys Hospital has been duded up with lights for the past 3 weeks and [...]
Tis the Season!
Dec 13, 2017

Igloos hit Rochester...

By Lucinda Gruber @gruberl
Minnesota is known for its friendly people, Vikings football, numerous lakes (I hear there are 10,000!), and well...the winters. This is probably the main topic I get asked about by my family, friends, and residency applicants. "I hear there are icicles everywhere." "Do you just ski into work?" "Is there a way [...]
Igloos hit Rochester...
Dec 7, 2017

MATCH DAY!

By Lucinda Gruber @gruberl
I'm not sure if the loud music and excitement could be heard around town, but there was a buzz and energy about Rochester yesterday. It's as though everyone could tell it was Fellowship Match Day! Or, maybe that's just how it felt for me...as I waited anxiously...meeting at least 2 SIRS [...]
MATCH DAY!
Nov 24, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

By Lucinda Gruber @gruberl
Well, with the crisp air and falling leaves comes my favorite holiday. BLACK FRIDAY!!! Okay, yes. I'm being a little sarcastic here. I'm talking about Thanksgiving - a holiday dedicated to good food, family time, and napping. Sounds great! And, as promised, this Thanksgiving was a great one. We had a gorgeous [...]
Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov 20, 2017

Resident Spotlight - Caitrin Coffey and Michael Richter

By Lucinda Gruber @gruberl
I am pleased to announce that we had a great showing at the American College of Rheumatology in San Diego recently. Two of our residents, Caitrin and Michael had oral presentations, which is really exciting! Caitrin's presentation was entitled "Delay of Diagnosis and Treatment in Seronegative Rheumatoid Arthritis: Missing the [...]
Resident Spotlight - Caitrin Coffey and Michael Richter
Nov 14, 2017

Women in Medicine

By Lucinda Gruber @gruberl
Friday night marked the official kickoff event for the Women in Medicine group. The group was formed last year to serve as a support and mentorship program for women in medical school, residency, and fellowship. Our aim is to "empower women in medicine and advance women's health, through mentorship, leadership [...]
Women in Medicine
Nov 9, 2017

Mayo - RED

By Lucinda Gruber @gruberl
Residency can be a tough and challenging time in a doctor's life. I grew a lot as a physician, but also as a person, while in residency. So much of what makes me the person I am today is a reflection of my experiences and the maturity and perspective I gained during [...]
Mayo - RED
Nov 3, 2017

Future Gastroenterologists on the Move...

By Lucinda Gruber @gruberl
Our residents have been traveling all over to present their research recently. In particular, our residents with a GI interest traveled to the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) annual meeting in Orlando. We had a great showing there. Here are some highlights!        As always, conference are a nice time [...]
Future Gastroenterologists on the Move...
Nov 2, 2017

Another 100%...

By Lucinda Gruber @gruberl
...ABIM board pass rate, that is! I am pleased to announce that my residency class of 2017 has passed boards. Yes, these people are board certified in internal medicine now! In the chief's office, we were hard at work studying on the weeks leading up to our exam. Our residency [...]
Another 100%...
Nov 1, 2017

Diwali in Rochester

By Lucinda Gruber @gruberl
At Mayo, we pride ourselves on our diverse community and inclusive culture. We are truly an international melting pot with employees, residents, and patients coming from countries all over the world. Multiple resource groups are available to support our diverse population here, which simply adds to the richness of our working environment. For the [...]
Diwali in Rochester
Oct 31, 2017

So many weddings!

By Lucinda Gruber @gruberl
I don't know if it's something in the air or what but we have had a lot of weddings in our residency in the last few months. We wanted to do a little shout out to the happy couples, so here goes. Jithma Abeykoon is one of our most thoughtful and hard [...]
So many weddings!
Oct 30, 2017

Mayo with Fantastic Showing at Minnesota ACP

By Lucinda Gruber @gruberl
I headed to Minneapolis on Thursday night for the Minnesota Governor's Council Meeting for ACP. It showcased what all the IM training programs in Minnesota are working on, and I had a chance to meet a couple other chiefs. We also had a nice discussion about advocacy and health policy [...]
Mayo with Fantastic Showing at Minnesota ACP
Oct 23, 2017

Fall Fest - A festival of all things Fall

By Lucinda Gruber @gruberl
Well, as promised I can give you a full blown account of the Fall Fest activities. We met at Northwood Orchard located just northwest of Rochester. There was apple picking, corn mazing, pumpkin carving, intense s'more making followed by hay rides, a petting zoo, and some intense napping. :) We had an exceptional [...]
Fall Fest - A festival of all things Fall