Jack Hedberg - Vice President of Recruitment

Jack is a senior in the College of Biological Sciences pursuing majors in biochemistry and physiology, and minors in pharmacology and political science. Jack has been a member of MML since 2015 and has served on application review committees, helped coordinate large group events, and created workshop modules for the group. Jack is hoping to pursue an MD/PhD program; his current research interests lie in DNA replication and repair, and his clinical interests lie in surgery. He is interested in how basic science research can translate into better-equipped surgical management of disease, and has also been particularly motivated by experiences in trauma surgery throughout his undergraduate career. Jack was the founder and president of the Undergraduate Surgery Interest Group on campus, is a certified EMT, and volunteers as a scribe in Hennepin County Medical Center’s critical condition stabilization room. In his free time, Jack likes to run, play piano, draw, write, and seek out thrills such as skydiving and scuba diving.

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."