Jack hedberg -- Webmaster
The webmaster keeps the website up to date, works closely with the PR chair, and works with all members to promote the group.
Jack is a sophomore in the College of Biological Sciences majoring in biochemistry and considering a double major in another biological field. He conducts research on DNA replication stress response in the lab of Dr. Anja Bielinsky and is a volunteer emergency medical technician for UMEMS. Jack is also the founder and president of the University of Minnesota Undergraduate Surgery Interest Group, a campus life program dedicated to providing meaningful experiences to undergraduate students within the field of surgery. He is currently shadowing a critical care surgeon, and is working towards becoming a strong applicant for an MD/PhD program. Jack is attracted to how surgery combines so many areas of intellect as well as its highly collaborative nature, and he is especially interested in trauma surgery.
In his free time, Jack loves to adventure and try new things such as skydiving, scuba diving, and exploring wild areas.
What is a problem or issue in health care that you're interested in or would like to address as a physician?
"There are so many places in the world where people are being denied basic human rights and experiencing pain unimaginable to those of us in developed countries or living in more fortunate circumstances. Even in developed countries, however, there are large-scale sociological processes occurring that create structural oppression and reproduction of inequality which, because they are not readily visible, often cause us to make harmful generalizations about marginalized groups of people and push blame on them. This contributes to a healthcare system that repeatedly deals with chronically ill patients who aren’t equipped to recover in a stable manner. While I am fascinated with science and surgery and know I want to spend my life performing operations and conducting research, I also want to dedicate myself to spreading awareness and making changes involving these sociological factors of healthcare. My major goal is to band together with a generation of scientists, physicians, and innovators and help us to use our education, expertise, and influence to remove the suffering from people’s lives and help them achieve the freedom to do what they wish in their time on Earth. I want to help send the message that there are people in our generation who are actively seeking to learn about the suffering and inequality around the world, who will not stand for this suffering and inequality, and who are working to confront the global issues of the 21st century."