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Esteemed faculty, advisor, clinician Ted Thompson, M.D., has died

Photo: Scott Streble

Editor’s note: Sarah Morean is the Medical School communications manager. This post first appeared on Medical School News.

On Sunday, July 28, the Medical School community lost one of its dearest members. Theodore “Ted” Thompson, M.D., passed away suddenly, just 10 days after celebrating his 70th birthday.

Thompson was a current professor in the Department of Pediatrics and lead academic advisor to the Committee on Student Scholastic Standing in the Office of Medical Education. He was a valued faculty advisor who impacted and encouraged many generations of medical students, residents, and fellows.

Thompson possessed the gift of extreme congeniality and served as a role model for professionalism in medicine. He was an influential figure who advocated tirelessly for issues of student support, scheduling, and career development. In addition, he is the author of numerous abstracts and has been published in such journals as Pediatrics, Pediatric Research, and Journal of Pediatrics.

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Third-year medical student participates in competitive hematology research program

Research mentor Linda Burns, M.D., and Hewan Belete, Ph.D., at the 2012 ASH meeting

Editor’s note: Sarah Morean is the Medical School communications manager. This post first appeared on Medical School News.

By the time Hewan Belete started as a medical student at the University of Minnesota, she had already earned a Ph.D. in Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at Mayo Clinic.

Though she came to the University with some experience as a researcher, she was unsure at first how to integrate that work with clinical medicine.

One opportunity that opened her eyes to clinical research was the American Society of Hematology’s Minority Medical Student Award Program (MMSAP). Belete participated in this program last year as a second-year student, and is participating again as a second-experience participant during her third year of medical school.

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Psychiatry head to receive major award

S. Charles Schulz, M.D., head of the Department of Psychiatry, will receive the esteemed Stanley Dean Award for Research in Schizophrenia in 2014. For more than 50 years, The American College of Psychiatrists (ACP) has issued this award to “a group or individual that has made a major contribution to the treatment of schizophrenic disorders.”

The award will be presented at the next annual meeting of the ACP in February 2014. As part of the award ceremony, Schulz has also been asked to present a brief lecture on his work.

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Match Day 2013

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It’s the night before Match Day and Nora Sadek is feeling humbled by the requisite patience of being a match participant.

“On Monday you know that you’ve matched but you still don’t know where until Friday. To be okay with that uncertainty is a really big deal,” she admits. “Up to now, there’s been a lot more control.”

Sadek understands that her residency match will greatly influence the type of physician she becomes. The training environment and community she serves will all have an impact on her work in some way. Luckily, she feels ready for whatever comes next.

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Center for Immunology names new director

Marc Jenkins, Ph.D., has been named director for the University of Minnesota’s Center for Immunology. He will assume the role on March 1, 2013. The appointment is a three-year position.

Jenkins has been a member of the Center for Immunology since it was founded in 1995 and currently serves as its associate director. He has been a researcher at the University of Minnesota since 1988.

Currently, Jenkins is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor in the Department of Microbiology. He is also a former director of graduate studies for the Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology Ph.D. Program. Jenkins is a Pew Scholar, NIH Merit Award holder, and has been inducted into the Academic Health Center’s Academy for Excellence in Health Research.

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Medical School names new associate dean of admissions

Dimple Patel has been named associate dean of admissions for the University of Minnesota Medical School. She will assume the role on May 13, 2013.

Patel is currently director of admissions for the University of Colorado School of Medicine; she is also completing her Ph.D. in Higher Education Policy at Colorado State University. Her master’s degree in higher education comes from Illinois State and she attended Michigan State for her undergraduate degree.

She has spent nearly a decade doing admissions work, having spent the last three years in medical school admissions and previous six years in law school admissions. In her new role at the University of Minnesota, she will report to Mark Rosenberg, M.D.

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