Shannon Curran completed an en bloc dissection of the central nervous system, including a large portion of the peripheral nervous system. With no protocol to guide her, Shannon was able to perform this remarkable dissection as
part of an Independent Study. The specimen will be preserved and plastinated for use as an educational model. Read more about Shannon's work on Dr. Brian Moore's Neuropathology Blog. Amazing work, Shannon!
Even after graduating, MSMHA students are still representing the program at conferences. 2017 graduate, Laura Weinkle, presented her work at the International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders in Vancouver. Great work, Laura!
Congratulations to the MSMHA graduating class of 2017!!!
The MSMHA program's Vice Executive Director, Dr. Danielle Royer, was honored with two awards at the 2017 Commencement and Convocation ceremonies. Dr. Royer received the Graduate School Dean's Masters Mentoring award, and joins Dr. Lisa Lee as a recipient of the Chancellor’s Teaching Recognition Award. Congratulations, Dr. Royer!
The week of graduation, 2nd year student, Jenny Yates, and alumnus, JiHye Chun, presented posters at the 2017 International American Thoracic Society Conference in Washington, DC. Both presented work that was completed during capstone and independent study projects with Dr. MyPhuong Le and Dr. Leah Villegas. Congratulations Jenny and JiHye!
In case our students were not busy enough right before graduation, three students presented their work at the Annual Rocky Mountain Regional Neuroscience Group Meeting: Clara Bacmeister (pictured above, left), Laura Weinkle, and Hermella Yilma (pictured above, right). A big congratulations to Clara Bacmeister for winning the award for Best Graduate Poster!
Students and faculty in the Modern Human Anatomy program believe it's never
too early to get kids excited about science and the human body! Student, Alejandro Sigala, and faculty member, Chelsea Goldberg, dazzled and amazed the young students at the Fitzsimons pre-K.
A huge congratulations to MSMHA alumnus, Oana Rosenthal, for being named the 2017 Master's Program Teacher of the Year at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine! Oana (pictured left of Dr. Lisa Lee) is a faculty member in the Department of Anatomy at Touro, and a 2015 graduate of our MSMHA program. We are so very proud of Oana's work and accomplishments!
Two days after returning to Denver from the American Association of Anatomists conference in Chicago, MSMHA students presented at the 20th Annual Research and Creative Activities Symposium at University of Colorado Denver. Lucine Papazian won the Outstanding Graduate Presentation award -
The annual American Association of Anatomists (AAA) meeting at the Experimental Biology Conference in Chicago was packed with Modern Human Anatomy students, alumni, and faculty. Several students were honored by giving platform presentations, while others presented their research posters. All
students received AAA travel awards, which were supplemented by MSMHA travel awards. Way to represent!
The 2017 Capstone Poster Session was a tremendous show of accomplishments for our students, their faculty mentors, and capstone committee members. The poster session highlighted the broad range of student projects. Examples include Alejandro Sigala's poster, "3D Analysis of the Human Aortic Root to Guide Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement with SAPIEN™ and Evolut™ R Devices" (top left), Matthew Mecredy's work, "Estimating Anthropoid Primate Body Mass from Carpal Bone Volume" (top right), Brianua Blezinski's 3D
embryo model and research, "To Model or Not To Model Embryological Development, That is the Educational Question" (above, bottom left), and Rachel Klaus' study, "Use and Perceptions of Plastination Among Anatomy Medical Educators in the United States" (above, bottom right). Amazing work from all of our students!
A big THANK YOU to our amazing students for their efforts in honoring those who donated their bodies to the University of Colorado School of Medicine. The MSMHA 1st year class Co-Presidents, Angelique Duenas (pictured second from left) and Guttu Maskalo, worked with students from other professional programs to organize the annual Donor Memorial Ceremony. Both Angelique and 1st year student, Sara Beck-Pancer, spoke to the audience and family members of the donors on behalf our MSMHA students. Thank you to all CU Anschutz Medical Campus students who particpated in the event to honor the gifts of these donors and their families. Click here to read more about the Donor Memorial Ceremony.
Through a collaboration between the Modern Human Anatomy Program, the Department of Neurology, and Colorado Uplift, middle school students had the opportunity to interact with and examine multple brain and nervous system specimens. MSMHA student, Hannah Benjamin, helped develop the curriculum through an Independent Project, and several faculty and students participated in the WeLL-COMe Program. Click here to read the full article in CU Anschutz Today. (photo above from Chris Casey's article in CU Anschutz Today).
Nine MSMHA students and alumni, along with two faculty members, presented talks or posters at the CU Education Scholarship and Innovation Symposium. 2nd year student, Shannon Curran (pictured top left), won "best poster" award in the Innovative Teaching Methods category, and 2nd year student, Rachel Klaus (pictured bottom left), brought home a "best poster" ribbon in the Educational Research category. Congratulations to all the students, alumni, and faculty who participated!
Students: Laura Weinkle (oral presentation), Shannon Curran, Tawnya Harvey, Molika Keeler, Rachel Klaus, Jake Smith
Alumni: Rebecca Hlavac, Emily Mastej (oral presentation)
Faculty: Dr. Mike Pascoe, Dr. Danielle Royer
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).
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,”
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.
Roxanna Schmidt graduated at the conclusion of the Fall 2016 semester, becoming the first MSMHA student to graduate in 1 1/2 years. Roxanna will be starting classes at Kent State University's College of Nursing in January. Congratulations Roxanna!
The 1st year students celebrated their outstanding final presenations in Imaging and Modeling and the completion of the fall semester.
Congratulations to MSMHA Vice Executive Director, Dr. Danielle Royer, for her published manuscript titled, "Evaluation of an innovative hands-on anatomy-centered ultrasound curriculum to supplement graduate gross anatomy education." The manuscript examines the impact of ultra-sound training in gross anatomy education for non-medical students, and the MSMHA provided a robust testing ground for her research.
Bethany Hayes, a 2016 MSMHA graduate, is the first author on a publication in MedEd Portal! Her publication, titled "Assessing Radiographic Knee Osteoarthritis: An Online Training Tutorial for the Kellgren-Lawrence Grading Scale," is the result of her work on her capstone project in Dr. Stevens-Lapley's lab. Bethany is pictured at right, presenting her capstone poster during the annual Capstone Poster Session. Congratulations Bethany!
MSMHA alumnus and 2nd year CU Medical School student, Fred Gonzales, was honored by receiving the Wilson-Burrows Award for his outstanding peer teaching in Anatomy. Fred was presented with the honor at the School of Medicine's Fall Awards Ceremony. Fred is pictured at right with Dr. Danielle Royer at the awards ceremony. Congratulations, Fred!
Congratulations to 2nd year student, Hannah Benjamin, for presenting a poster at the 4th Annual Contemporary Management of Aerodigestive Disease in Children Conference at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital! Hannah's poster, "Digital Anatomy to Improve Caregiver Understanding in Aerodigestive Clinic" is based on work she is completing on her capstone project with her mentor, Dr. Emily DeBoer. Hannah's conference travel was provided through the MSMHA Student Travel Award.
MSMHA faculty member, Dr. Caley Orr (pictured at right), was featured in the cover story of CU Denver Today. Dr. Orr and his research team, including Dr. Jamie Hodgkins at the University of Colorado Denver, spent much of the summer at an excavation site in northwestern Italy, styding the role Homo sapiens may have played in extinction of Neanderthals.
The Modern Human Anatomy program hosted the Advanced Poetry class at the University of Colorado Denver for a cadaver lab visit and tour. Students in the poetry class learned about the Colorado State Anatomical Board, the role of cadaveric specimens in health care education, and received hands-on experience with cadavers and anatomical speciments. Read more about the gross anatomy lab tour in CU Denver Today. Pictured to the right, Chelsea Goldberg and Shannon Curran answer questions from poetry students and faculty in the cadaver lab.
Congratulations to recent MSMHA graduate, Grisela Ramirez, for her publication in eNeuro! The publication, "Loss of Ikbkap causes slow, progressive retinal degeneration in a mouse model of Familial Dysautonomia," is the result of her capstone project and work with mentor Dr. Maureen Stabio. Grisela is pictured at right during her capstone poster presentation.
Congratulations to MSMHA 2nd year student, Tawnya Harvey, for receiving the MSMHA Outstanding Student Achievement Award for the class of 2017! The award recognizes a student who exemplifies the teaching, scholarship and research missions of the Program. Criteria for the award include academic achievement, scholarship, teaching, service, peer mentoring, and professionalism. Pictured at right, Dr. Royer and Tawnya celebrate the award at the MSMHA Welcome Dinner.
The Modern Human Anatomy program is excited to welcome our 5th class of matriculating students. The new 1st year students completed New Student Orientation on August 25th, and started classes on August 29th. Welcome to our new class of students!
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 plastinated 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.
MSMHA student and class co-president, Avery Williams, joined Dr. Caley Orr and his research team in South Africa this summer. Avery learned paleolithic archaeology and field excavation techniques at Pinnacle Point in South Africa, all while earning Independent Study credits. Avery spent six weeks in South Africa, and is pictured at right at the excavation site.
Congratulations to the MSMHA graduating class of 2016!!!
MSMHA 2nd year student, Alisa Richardson, filed two separate patents, one resulting from her MSMHA capstone project with Dr. Matthew Clary and the other from independent study work with Dr. Lisa Lee. Alisa worked closely with the Technology Transfer Office at the University of Colorado to protect her intellectual property and to file the patents. Alisa presented her patent protected work in April at the American Association of Anatomists meeting in San Diego and at the MSMHA Capstone Poster Session (top right), and most recently at the American Association of Clinical Anatomists meeting in Oakland, California (bottom right). Funding for Alisa's capstone project and travel was provided by the MSMHA program.
MSMHA 2nd year student, Fadzai Masawi, represented our program at the International Frailty and Sarcopenia Research Conference in Philadelphia, PA. Fadzai was honored by being chosen to give a platform presentation, which was titled, "Psoas Muscle Area and Muscle Fat Infiltration Before and After Antiretroviral Therapy Initiation
in HIV Infection." Fadzai's conference travel was supported and funded by an MSMHA Student Travel Award. Congratulations to Fadzai on her outstanding platform presentation!
MSMHA 2nd year student, McKenzie Winter, attended and presented a poster at the 2016 Congnitive Neuroscience Society meeting in New York City. McKenzie's poster was titled, "Electrophysiological Topography of Subthalamic Nucleus in Parkinson's Disease." McKenzie's conference travel was funded by an MSMHA Student Travel Award. Congratulations, McKenzie!
McKenzie (middle) hanging out with Dr. Stratford (left) and Dr. Johnson (right) at the conference.
Two award winners were announced at the Spring 2016 Capstone Poster Session. Matthew Stertiz was honored by receiving the MSMHA Outstanding Academic Achievement Award (pictured at left, receiving the cash award from Dr. Finger). The Oustanding Academic Achievement Award recipient is selected from faculty nominations. Bethany Hayes was awarded the MSMHA Outstanding Capstone Poster (pictured above at right, receiving the cash award from Dr. Finger). Bethany received the highest score from faculty judges who evaluated posters and presenters at the annual capstone poster session. Congratulations to Matt and Bethany!
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).