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December 1st, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Celebrating Nurse Anesthetist Education – Edith Graham Mayo

By Hoyt Finnamore

Art depicts Edith Graham Mayo providing anesthesia support for the Mayo brothers. To recognize the 125th anniversary of nurse anesthetist education and the role of nurse anesthetist at Mayo Clinic, Sharing Mayo Clinic will include a special series of posts throughout the coming year. These vignettes will describe how nurse anesthesia education has changed over time and will highlight influential Mayo Clinic nurse anesthetists. Those featured received their education at Mayo Clinic and went on to be instrumental in providing anesthesia education and make significant contributions to anesthesia practice.

Written by Darlene Bannon and Evadne Edwards 

In every pioneering achievement, there are visionaries, those who theorize and dream beyond the safe haven of the present. However, the visionary’s dreams would not be realized if not for the activist: one whose thoughts become action, who is flexible and accommodating, and who possess the drive to achieve and influence.

Edith Graham Mayo, Mayo’s first nurse anesthetist, was both a visionary and an activist.

​Edith has primarily been remembered as the wife of Dr. Charles Mayo, one of Mayo Clinic’s founders. Historically, her professional life as an anesthetist has received little mention. Edith Graham was Saint Marys Hospital’s first trained nurse, anesthetist and nurse educator. She was an integral part of the visionary team that founded what we know today as Mayo Clinic. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Edith Graham Mayo, education, history, Nurse Anesthetists

March 1st, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Prenatal Education Class: A special relationship between 3 moms and daughters

By Makala Johnson

In the Winter of 2011, my husband Cameron and I (Megan Rask) were expecting our first child. We were beyond thrilled! I had been doing my care with the midwives at Mayo Clinic, Rochester. Of course, I wanted to sign my husband and I up for every baby class offered!

We soon began the six week prenatal education class, instructed by Christine Baker, R.N. Along with this class, I made sure to sign us up for the infant passenger safety class, and a tour of the labor and delivery floor in Eisenberg.  We also took our newly purchased SUV to the local fire station to have our infant seat inspected by Todd Emanuel, R.N. As parents to be, this was high on our list of things to do: make sure our baby would be safe in our new family car!

Girls at 15 MonthsIn prenatal class, we met two other couples: Bethany Renstrom and her husband (expecting a baby girl) and Stephanie Fisk and her husband (also expecting a little girl). My husband and I were patiently waiting until the day of delivery to find out the sex of our baby. In class, Chris went over everything we needed to know to prepare for the birth of our baby: bathing a newborn, practicing breathing through contractions, and where to park and what doors to come in once we were in labor. She even showed us the gown and pads we’d wear in the hospital, and the Forceps they might use, in the event our baby was in a difficult situation. Seeing all these things in class made it easier for me to mentally prepare for labor. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: babies, Baby, education, Family Birth Center, mom, perinatal, Pregnancy, prenatal

November 20th, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Career Influenced by The Mayo Clinic and an Alligator

By Makala Johnson

Dr. McCullyMy wife, Marion, and I are both third generation natives of Florida. And so, heading up to Minnesota in our old Volkswagen bug for my three year residency at Mayo Clinic seemed like an adventure to the north pole. We soon learned to love Rochester and the good people there, and we have always had fond memories of our time in Minnesota. The mother of one of my classmates lived on the coast of southern Georgia, and she wanted him to move there and practice at the local hospital. During his visit to see if this was a good place to begin his career, he came upon a large alligator near his mother's house. As he was from Minnesota, he returned to Rochester and declared that: "There is no way I am taking my children to live in a place with huge reptiles in the yard." As a Floridian, this didn't bother me in the least—I joined the hospital staff there and practiced in Georgia and Florida for the next thirty years. Since I have retired I have written a memoir, Good Times in the Hospital. Although this is mostly a collection of humorous anecdotes, it also reflects the importance of compassionate care that was impressed upon me during my years at The Mayo Clinic.

Written by J. G. McCully MD

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Tags: Good Times in the Hospital, J. G. McCully MD, residency

July 16th, 2012 · Leave a Comment

From resident to fellow…in social media.

By Makala Johnson

Social media can be a scary, intimidating thing. The Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media offers hands-on, rigorous training sessions to those who would like to apply social media to their work and make it a little less scary. Anyone can attend, including Mayo Clinic employees and volunteers, but also external professionals.

I attended the Social Media Residency as part of my Public Affairs internship at Mayo Clinic. In this role, I am involved in a variety of areas, but mostly internal communications. I create communication pieces about topics including employee achievements, patient stories, research, and keeping employees informed and aware of things happening at Mayo Clinic. In several of these roles, internal social media is considered, allowing me to create communication plans centered around these tools. I chose to attend the residency not only to hone my skills for my current job, but to make myself a more marketable candidate for future employment; social media matters, and more and more employers are looking for professionals well-versed in it.

I participated in the Social Media Residency at the Rochester campus on June 25 and 26. The two-day residency guided us through the use of many social media tools including Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Yammer, Pinterest, WordPress and YouTube. A social media expert presented each tool in depth, and we were then asked to discuss how we could apply each tool to our work areas. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Center for Social Media, Intern, Katie Streater, residency, social media

May 8th, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Just Keep Trying: Kids and Positive Airway Pressure Therapy

By Makala Johnson

The Patient Education video titled Just Keep Trying: Kids and Positive Airway Pressure Therapy (PAP) helps kids understand how important it is to use PAP.  Several kids share their experience about getting used to the therapy machine and that it helps them sleep better and gives them more energy.  Parents also talk about diagnosis and testing, treatment results, what usually happens with the PAP, the child's responsibility and use while away from home.

Check out a clip from this award-winning educational video:

If you think this video may help your child, ask your Mayo Clinic health care provider for a copy.  Patient education materials produced by Mayo Clinic are available without cost to Mayo Clinic patients.

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Tags: airway, breathing, energy, kids, mayo, PAP, Sleep, therapy

April 30th, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Mayo International Health Program Testimony – Experience in Bangladesh

By Makala Johnson

Spouses, Drs. Niles and Rachel Batdorf, traveled to Malumghat, Bangladesh to broaden their education and to meet, learn, and work with people from another culture.  This was made possible through the Mayo International Health Program within the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education.  In this video, they share their experience and how they have become more well-rounded physicians.

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Tags: Global Health, International Health Elective, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Mayo International Health Program, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Medical Care to Underserved Population, Resource-Limited Setting

December 22nd, 2011 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Graduate Student – Trip to Ecuador

By Makala Johnson

Amy Saleh, M.D. went to Ecuador as part of the Mayo International Heath Program within the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education. She recounts this surgical trip experience, where they focused on children with cleft lip and cleft palate.

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Tags: Amy Saleh, cleft lip, cleft palate, Ecuador, education, Graduate, health program, international, mayo, student, Surgery

December 19th, 2011 · Leave a Comment

Mayo International Health Program Testimony – Experience in Kenya

By Makala Johnson

Mira Keddis, M.D. was originally from Egypt, went to Texas for her medical school training, and came to Mayo Clinic for her residency training. Then, the Mayo International Health Program (MIHP) offered her the opportunity to travel abroad as part of her education. In the below video, she relays lessons learned from her trip to Kenya.


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Tags: africa, education, fellowship, Graduate, health program, international, Kenya, Matthew Clark PhD, medical, MIHP, Mira Keddis, residency, school, student

December 7th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Employees Encouraged by Professional Development Benefit

By Jennifer Lineburg

Have you ever thought about going back to school, but put it off for financial reasons? Mayo Clinic offers employees assistance for professional development. The program is offered as a benefit for Mayo Clinic employees and reimburses education expenses related to a degree or certification that supports career development at Mayo Clinic.

Three colleagues share their thoughts and experiences about how the program has helped them.

In your journey to further your education, what has the overall experience been like?
Vicky Hilke, Minnesota campus: "My experience has been rewarding but difficult. I have had to re-evaluate my thinking and approach toward school since recently becoming a single mom. I now look at furthering my education as a personal goal instead of putting pressure on myself to finish in an unrealistic timeframe."

Anne Martin, Florida campus: "With a 37-year gap between high school graduation and starting college, I was a bit anxious when I signed up for classes. Going to school year round and working full-time to complete the four-year Bachelor in Science degree in three years was a challenge. Family, friends and co-workers supported me throughout this endeavor."

Did the Mayo benefit influence your decision to go back to school?
Robert McGriff, Arizona campus: "This benefit was a big influence in my decision, but it was also great working for a company that placed an emphasis on my education and supported me in other ways during the process. Sometimes I have needed to flex my work schedule for school or take time off to work on a project, and I have never encountered a problem."

Vicky Hilke, Minnesota campus: "Absolutely! Without the reimbursement program, my choice would have been to take out a loan or not go at all. The program allowed me work on me degree without worrying about another added expenditure of a school loan."

Would you recommend this benefit opportunity to your fellow colleagues?
Anne Martin, Florida campus: "Tuition assistance provides an opportunity to further your education and to move forward in your career. For me, the time and hard work have paid off by allowing me to move forward into increasingly responsible positions while providing the best service within each role."

Robert McGriff, Arizona campus: "I tell my colleagues all the time that they should take advantage of the benefit. Furthering your education is good for you, which is good for Mayo Clinic and good for the patients and families that we serve."

If you are interested in employment opportunities at Mayo Clinic, visit our website at

Written by Kim Richard, Public Affairs Intern

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November 15th, 2010 · Leave a Comment

My First Mayo Moments

By CSMMayo

Lauren Taylor and Wendy Rogers

Student Lauren Taylor (right) and Wendy Rogers.

Every year, Mayo Clinic's Public Affairs department welcomes a handful of university students who come to get some real world communications experience. The interns may be assigned any number of tasks, from drafting newsletter articles to handing out programs at events. Here's a report from Lauren Taylor on her first day at Mayo Clinic:

I was excited to begin my internship with the Public Affairs Department at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Jacksonville, Fla. As I drove to the clinic my first day, I thought about what I might do. I expected to spend time working in the hospital and to see patients, doctors and nurses around. But attending a rainy softball practice with a dozen 14-year-old girls, a production crew and a breast cancer survivor? Definitely not on my list of expectations!

Little did I know, the week I chose to start happened to be the same week that production began on Mayo Clinic’s new television commercial. In other words, it wasn’t just the normal whirlwind of activity – with staff juggling multiple meetings, answering pages from doctors and coordinating interviews for news media – but an extra spin that included cameras and a production crew of more than 30.

TV ad shoot on location

On location for a video shoot.

Chaos aside, watching the making of Mayo Clinic’s commercial, which featured breast cancer patient Wendy R., was an amazing way to start my internship.

One of the most interesting parts of the production was the truthfulness and accuracy of the commercial. I always assumed that health care commercials seen on television were scripted stories most likely portrayed by actors. And while some might be, Mayo’s production was definitely not. Every last detail was depicted honestly, a quality I found quite refreshing. Wendy’s remarkable story was told by her, her real family, and real Mayo doctors and staff members. In fact, the casting was so meticulous that there were representatives from each and every specialty area that works with breast cancer patients involved in the shoot.

Although I just began my internship with Mayo Clinic, I already feel like I’ve learned so much. Mayo Clinic’s Model of Care is obvious, as is their commitment to honesty and transparency, which I never expected to find “in the real world.” I’m thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this world-class organization.

Lauren Taylor, University of North Florida student

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Tags: internship, public relations, TV ad