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2015 MSMHA Graduates

June 2015 

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 an AACA travel award and 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.


2015 MSMHA Graduates

May 2015 

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.​

Katie Mitchell Receives DiplomaSean Blair and Daughter

Dr. Lisa Lee and Oana Rosenthal

May 2015 

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, Stuti Das

May 2015 

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!




MSMHA Student, Fred Gonzales

April 2015 

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!


2015 Donor Memorial Ceremony

April 2015 

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.



Violette and Sean Holiday Sweaters

April 2015 

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).

Violette and Sean Holiday Sweaters

​December 2014 

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!






2nd Year Student, Jessica Kahl

​S​eptember 2014 

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.


Oana Rosenthal at Aurora Public Schools Career Trek

​September 2014 

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.


Students and Dr. Spitzer at Aspen Ideas Festival

​June 2014 

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.





First MSMHA Graduates

​May 2014 

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.





Hollis Howery Accepts Diploma

​May 2014 

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.




Hollis Howery

Rae Russell




May 2014
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.

Rae Russell


April 2014

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.



Rae Russell


April 2014

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!


Alexandra Colvin



April 2014

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.



Rae Russell


​December 2013 

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).



Fred Gonzales with the Arrhythmias Choir

​December 2013 

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.


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Lisa Lee Mike Pascoe

2012-2013
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.


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Rae Russell

July 2013
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,”



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