Under the guidance of Dr. Maureen Stabio, five current students and alumni performed six complete central nervous system (CNS) extractions. The CNS extraction protocol was developed by Rebecca Hlavac through her MSMHA Capstone Project. It was a long weekend of work by the dedicated team, and several of the specimens will be platinated and used for educational purposes. Pictured left to right are 2016 graduate Chelsea Goldberg, and second year students Rachel Klaus, Shannon Curran, and Tawnya Harvey.
Dr. Lisa Lee (pictured left) and Dr. Danielle Royer (pictured right) were honored by being named members of the Academy of Medical Educators at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Members are selected through a lengthy and competitive process, and as the Academy states, "membership signifies outstanding contribution to the scholarship of the University of Colorado School of Medicine." The MSMHA program is proud to have two core faculty members in the Academy of Medical Educators.
Eight MSMHA students presented at the Experimental Biology/American Association of Anatomists Annual Meeting in San Diego. Chelsea Goldberg (pictured at left) received the honor of giving a platform presentation (twice!), and Kourtney Betts, Timothy Browne (pictured below left), Johnna Diouf, Bethany Hayes, Lindsay Gaona, Becky Hlavac, and Alisa Richardson presented posters. The students and faculty attended a multitude of talks and managed to find time for some fun (below right: Dr. Royer, Chelsea Goldberg, Dr. Lee, Lindsay Gaona)! All student travel was funded by AAA Travel Awards and the MSMHA Student Travel Award.
The MSMHA program's brain laboratory demonstration was the favorite destination for high school students visiting the Anschutz Medical Campus for our Department of Cell & Developmental Biology Research Day. Nearly 100 high school students toured the CDB basic science labs, witnessed a Visible Human demonstration, and received hands-on experience in the brain lab. A special thanks to our four student volunteers, McKenzie Winter, Grisela Ramirez (pictured top left), Violette Simon (pictured top right), and Lindsay Gaona (pictured bottom right).
MSMHA 2nd year student, Lindsday Gaona, spent four days in Washington, D.C., at the Smithsonian National Museum of History's Support Center, where she collected data and digitally scanned human skulls in the Terry Anatomical Collection. This research is part of Lindsay's Capstone Project, in which she is developing digital scan and measurement protocols for determining the sex of human remains. In addition to the Smithsonian's collection, Lindsay has collected data from specimens in the Kulubnarti Nubian Collection at University of Colorado Boulder. Lindsay's travel to the Smithsonian was fully supported by the MSMHA Student Travel Award.
MSMHA faculty member, Dr. Danielle Royer, was recently awarded a Rymer Grant through the CU-AMC Academy of Medical Educators. The title of her grant is, “Development of Plastinated Cadaveric Human Heart Models to Supplement Cardiac Ultrasound & Anatomy Training in Undergraduate Medical Education.” Congratulations, Dr. Royer!
The MSMHA 1st year students celebrated the end of their first semester in the program. Now, for a much deserved semester break!
MSMHA 2nd year students Kiara Blough, Johnna Diouf, Fadzai Masawi, and Erika Scott represented our program at the 2nd Annual CareerTrek, hosted by Aurora Public Schools. This event provides an opportunity for 8th grade students in the district to explore many career opportunities and learn about various employment paths. Over 2,700 students attended, and our students dazzled them with their enthusiasm and excitement about human anatomy.
MSMHA 2nd year student, Becky Hlavac, attended the Fourth Toledo Plastination Workshop at the University of Toledo Health Sciences Campus in June. Becky joined a group of international faculty and scholars, as they explored human tissue plastination techniques and practices. Becky is pictured, second from the right, with faculty conducting the workshop. In November, Becky presented her findings from the workshop at an MSMHA seminar titled, "The Art of Plastination: An Overview of the History, Utility, and Opportunities." Becky's travel to the Toledo Plastination Workshop was supported in full by an MSMHA Student Travel Award.
MSMHA 2nd year students, Timothy Browne (pictured left) and McKenzie Winter (pictured right), will be traveling to Salt Lake City, UT, to present at the regional Association of Clinical Anatomists Meeting. Tim will be presenting an e-poster titled, "A Case-Based Learning Module on Acute Ischemic Stroke Using Donated Medical Records." This presentation is based on independent study work completed under the guidance of Dr. Danielle Royer. McKenzie will be presenting an e-poster titled, "Electrophysiological Topography of the Subthalamic Nucleus in Parkinson's Disease." McKenzie's work is the result of her capstone project under the guidance of Dr. John Thompson. Both students received MSMHA Student Travel Awards to fund their conference attendence.
MSMHA faculty member, Dr. Caley Orr, is part of the team that announced the identification of a new species of hominin on Thursday, September 10th. Dr. Orr analyzed the fossil hands discovered at the Rising Star Cave in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site outside Johannesburg, South Africa. Dr. Orr, along with Dr. Musiba at the University of Colorado Denver campus, are features in the article, "Scientists identify a new ancient ancestor."
MSMHA student, Jessica Bergden, received an MSMHA Travel Award to attend and present a poster at the 2015 Society for Neuroscience meeting in Chicago, IL, in October. Jessica's poster is titled, "Dementia in 3D: A case-based instructional module exploring the impact of cerebral vascular anatomy in subcortical pathology leading to dementia." Congratulations to Jessica and her capstone mentor, Dr. Frank Hughes!
Rising 2nd year student, Matt Steritz, was honored with the Ralph Ger Student/Resident Platform Presentation Award for his talk at the American Association of Clinical Anatomists Meeting in Las Vegas, NV. Matt received a MSMHA Travel Award to present his talk, "Efficacy of undergraduate medical education in anatomical sciences for pathology residency preparation." His project is the outcome of his Independent Study with Dr. Lisa Lee.
Congratulations to the 2nd graduating class of MSMHA program! The group assembles prior to Commencement (right), Katie Mitchell receives her diploma from Dean Potter (below left), and Sean Blair celebrates with his daughter (below right). The MSMHA faculty and staff are very proud of our students, and thank them for their hard work, dedication, and pride in building this program.
The Modern Human Anatomy Program's very own Dr. Lisa Lee (pictured at right with MSMHA graduate, Oana Rosenthal) was honored by being the recipient of the School of Medicine's 2015 Chancellor’s Teaching Recognition Award. As stated by our Provost, "The awards are special not just because they recognize outstanding performance in our core areas as a university, but also because they are ultimately recognition of this exemplary work by faculty peers. Recipients are chosen by selection committees comprising previous award winners." Congratulations Dr. Lee!
MSMHA student and recent graduate, Stuti Das, has been awarded two scholarships to attend Wake Forest University School of Medicine this August. The Wake Forest Medical Scholars Fund and the Class of 1959 will be providing her with scholarship awards annually. Congratulations, Stuti!
Congratulations to Chris Wilkinson for receiving the 2015 Outstanding Capstone Poster Presentation Award! Chris presented his poster titled, "Morphology of the Bony Labyrinth of Select Species of the Superorder Xenarthra," and his capstone mentor was Dr. Joe Sertich of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. All posters were judged by facutly not associated with the MSMHA program.
MSMHA 2nd year student, Fred Gonzales, received the prestigious Justina Ford Scholarship to attend University of Colorado Medical School. The scholarship honors Dr. Justina Ford, who graduated from Hering Medical College in Chicago in 1899. Dr. Ford was the first African American woman physician in Colorado and faced many obstacles in her professional career. Dr. Ford served the disadvantaged and under-privileged of all races. She delivered more than 7,000 babies, many at homes throughout the Five-Points region of Denver. Dr Ford was eventually allowed to practice at Denver General Hospital and was admitted to the Colorado Medical Society in 1950. Congratulations to Fred for this honor!
The Modern Human Anatomy Program first year class co-presidents, Kiara Blough (pictured second from left) and Sean Haghgou (pictured far right) represented the program at the 2015 Donor Memorial Ceremony. This is an annual student-run event to honor, thank, and celebratee those who have generously donated their remains to train scientists and health professionals. The full article may be read using this link, with a link to Kiara's speech here.
The MSMHA program was well-represented at the 2015 Experimental Biology/American Association of Anatomists international meeting in Boston. Six students received AAA and MSMHA travel awards to present posters or platform presentations: Fred Gonzales, Kelsey Hines, Blake Iceton Jessica Kahl, Oana Rosenthal, Chris Wilkinson. Pictured at right are (left to right): Rae Russell (MSMHA alum), Oana Rosenthal (2nd year student), Chris Wilkinson (2nd year student), Dr. Lisa Lee (MSMHA Associate Professor), Dr. Danielle Royer (MSMHA Assistant Professor), Adam Lawson (MSMHA alum), and Fred Gonzales (2nd year student).
First-year students Violette Simon and Sean Haghgou celebrate the end of their first semester in the MSMHA program in style! Congratulations to the 1st year class for the completion of the semester!
Second year MSMHA student, Jessica Kahl, received a fellowship to serve as a Graduate Facilitator for the CU Denver Community STEM Clubs Pilot program. This pairs CU-Denver graduate students with middle school and high school STEM clubs, with the goals of increasing student interest in STEM fields, and providing graduate students with opportunties to develop stronger communication skills. For more information, please visit the Community STEM Clubs website.
Second year MSMHA students, Oana Rosenthal (pictured at right) and Kelsey Hines, volunteered to spread their love of human anatomy to every 8th grade student in Aurora's Public School System. On September 8th and 9th, the Modern Human Anatomy Program wow'ed students at the First Annual Career Trek event, which gave 8th graders the opportunity to learn about different career and educational opportunities.
Dr. Spitzer and a team of MSMHA students attended the Aspen Ideas Festival, and demonstrated the arthroscopic simulator at the Innovation Gallery. Click here to read more about presentations by faculty here at the Anschutz Medical Campus.
Pictured left to right: Blake Iceton, Kelsey Hines, Jessica Kahl, Kalie Petefish, and Dr. Vic Spitzer.
The MSMHA program celebrates our first graduates! We thank the inaugural class who paved the way for our program. Pictured from left to right: Hollis Howery, Gabriel Morgione, Adam Lawson, and Rae Russell.
The Graduate School honored the MSMHA program and our first graduating class by choosing our program to represent all master's degree recipients at Commencement. Class president, Hollis Howery, accepted the diploma from Dean Shur and Chancellor Elliman on behalf of all AMC basic science master's graduates.
MSMHA second year students, Hollis Howery (above left) and Rae Russell (above right), both earned American Association of Anatomists (AAA) travel awards to attend the Experimental Biology and AAA annual meeting in San Diego. Both presented posters and enjoyed three solid days of science.
MSMHA second-year student, Rae Russell, had a busy spring, as she presented a poster at the annual Association for Chemoreception Sciences meeting in Bonita Springs, Florida. Rae's poster presentation was one of the outcomes of her MSMHA Capstone project, conducted under the guidance of Dr. Tom Finger.
Under the direction of Dr. Lisa Lee, Rae Russell is first-author for the article, "Gross Anatomy of the Spinal Cord: An Online Learning Module." This is the first peer-reviewed publication for a student in the MSMHA program. Congratulations Rae and Dr. Lee!
Congratulations to 1st year MSMHA student, Alexandra Colvin, on her acceptance to the University of Colorado Medical School. Alex will start Medical School this August, and will work at completing the master's degree requirements along-side the med school curriculum.
Congratulations to 2nd year MSMHA student, Rae Russell, for being named the recipient of the first ever Outstanding Student Achievement award. MSMHA faculty nominated students based criteria such as academic achievement, scholarship, teaching, service, peer mentoring, and professionalism. Dr. Selitrennikoff presented Rae with a $250 award (pictured right).
MSMHA first-year student, Fred Gonzales, participates in a Christmas concert with the Arrhythmias Choir. The choir is comprised of a variety of students, faculty, and staff from throughout the medical campus.
Dr. Lisa Lee and Dr. Mike Pascoe are co-recipients of a Rymer Grant, which is awarded by the Academy of Medical Educators. The grant is titled: Development and Evaluation of a Modular Anatomy Resource Utilizing Innovative Camera Technology.
MSMHA student, Rae Russell, presented a talk titled "“Gross anatomy of the spinal cord” at the American Association of Clinical Anatomy annual conference. This presentation resulted from an Independent Study project Rae enbarked on with Assistant Professor, Dr. Lisa Lee. “Gross anatomy of the spinal cord” is currently under review for publication at MedEdPORTAL, which is a peer reviewed cross-indexed suite of services provided by the Association of American Medical Colleges. The module was also deployed to students at the University of Colorado Dental School and the results of the study titled, “Implementation and evaluation of an online learning module on gross anatomy of the spinal cord to first year dental students,”