Ken Dodd (2008)
Ken founded MML in 2006 with the intent of creating a group of motivated and talented pre-medical students who would work together to benefit the community as they develop themselves as future physicians (thus the group's motto, "Developing values-based healthcare leaders by bridging the gap from ambition to action"). Ken graduated summa cum laude with distinction from the University of Minnesota in 2008 with majors in Neuroscience and Physiology as well as a minor in Chemistry. He decided to remain at the University of Minnesota for medical school and graduated in 2012 as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and Gold Humanism Honor Society. He is currently a resident physician in the combined Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine residency training program at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN. He hopes to work in academic medicine, training residents and medical students while balancing research as well as clinical duties in both emergency medicine and internal medicine. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, fostering dogs for Secondhand Hounds animal rescue, enjoying the outdoors, volunteering, mentoring, and traveling. He also continues to act as an advisor to MML and enjoys attending meetings as able.
Thomas Walsh (2014)
Thomas graduated in 2014 with a major in biochemistry as a three year veteran of MML. A Golden Gopher through and through, he stuck around the U of M for medical school and is currently in his first year. Still officially undecided, Thomas is thinking about pursuing a specialty that will allow him to focus on the musculoskeletal system. In the sparing moments when he is not occupied by studying or sleeping, Thomas's time is occupied by sports, good novels, medieval history, and bar trivia.
Amanda Wanous (2014)
Amanda graduated in May 2014 with dual degrees in Biochemistry and Physiology with a minor in Child Psychology. She is currently a first year at Mayo Medical School in Rochester, MN. Amanda is primarily interested in pediatric medicine, specifically intensive care (NICU or PICU). She also has interests in clinical and quality research.
Kevin O'Donnell (2014)
Kevin graduated in May 2014 with a major in Biology and a minor in Public Health. He worked as a hospitalist medical scribe during a gap year while applying to medical school. He will be attending the University of Minnesota in 2015. While not set on any specific field of medicine, he is interested public health and infectious disease.
Sneha Somani (2014)
Sneha graduated in May 2014 with a degree in Biomedical Engineering, and is a two year veteran of MML. While currently working at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Minneapolis, ACR Homes, and the University of Minnesota Center for Research in Education and Simulation Technologies, she will be attending medical school in the fall. While still undecided, she hopes to work with both medical device companies and clinical trials in the future.
Matthew freeman (2018)
Matt graduated from the University of Minnesota - College of Biological Sciences with a BS in Microbiology in 2018. He enrolled the following Fall at the University of Wisconsin - School of Medicine and Public Health as part of the MSTP (MD/PhD) Program. His current research interest is studying Host-Pathogen Interactions by using Listeria monocytogenes as a model organism in the Sauer Lab. In MML he learned extensively about the importance of social justice and policy which has inspired much of his work in Medical School as a member of the American Medical Association. As a former MML member Matt feels passionate about the mentorship of younger students and welcomes any questions you may have about the medical school applications, interviews, the MCAT, or just the experience of being in medical school.
Mateo Frumholtz (2018)
Mateo completed an 4+1 MPH program here at the U of MN and completed that. Since then, he has been working at the MN Department of Health for a while doing data analysis for the Refugee Health Program. He will be applying to medical school this next cycle!
Jack Hedberg (2019)
Jack graduated from CBS in spring 2019 and is currently in the medical school phase of MD/PhD training at The Ohio State University. “After completing this first phase I will take USMLE Step 1 and begin my PhD phase before returning to complete my clinical rotations in medical school and graduate. I have many clinical and research interests at this time, but within the next 2 years I’ll need to settle on a lab I want to pursue my PhD in. This is arguably the most formative phase of scientific training in one’s entire career, and is thus a major decision for me. I’m discovering that perhaps even more important than the research topic is finding a lab that is a good fit, and I’m talking to many mentors and reflecting on what that means for me. More concretely, I want to explore interests in cancer immunology, neuroimmunology, and neuroscience, in settings where I can do both wet lab experiments (western blot, cell culture, etc) and computational techniques such as single cell RNA seq.
Sophie Vrba (2019)
Since graduating in 2019 with a B.S. in Microbiology, Sophie has moved to Bethesda, Maryland for a research fellowship at the NIH. “I am a Postbac IRTA in the lab of Dr. Heather Hickman, and I am studying antiviral roles of a variety of adaptive and innate immune cells after infection with Vaccinia Virus. In addition to work, I volunteer on the Crisis Textline as a Crisis Counselor and an English tutor at the NIH's Children's Inn; I regularly attend ICU rounds and the Undiagnosed Disease Program. With the new time since graduation, I have found time for hobbies such as training for a half-marathon, playing with my adorable 3 yr old pitbull mix, reading books about public health, and drinking wine while watching KUWTK. I am plan on applying to the next step in my educational journey this Spring."