I have always had a passion for both medicine and education. I come from a family of educators and I’ve always known that I can combine the two in my professional pursuits. Today, I am both a practicing general surgeon as well as a Professor of Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. A few years ago, having taught hundreds of general surgery residents, I realized that I have the opportunity, through online learning, to help my students better prepare for the procedures they would perform the next day. So, I started creating video tutorials and assigned them to my students to review the night before surgery. After producing hundreds of these, several of my students, interns, and fellow Mayo colleagues suggested that there could be a much larger audience for these tutorials. That’s when I got the idea for making my tutorials available for free to the public. Not only could I reach more medical students, beyond my Mayo residents, I could hopefully be reaching people interested in going into the medical field – our doctors and nurses of the future. Most of all, I want to help educate people about common surgical procedures, hopefully making people better health consumers. I was introduced to Sophia in 2012 and that’s when my vision for social education and medicine came together. I’ve made a few of my hundreds of surgical procedures available for free on Sophia to anyone with an interest to learn about them. In the process, my hope is that these tutorials will play some part in getting more people interested in going into medicine and that they help produce not only the best medical professionals in the world but the most trusted caregivers as well. Professional highlights: - Distinguished Educator, Mayo Clinic, 2002 - Program Director, General Surgery Residency, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, 1997-2011 Education: - Residency – General Surgery Mayo Clinic in Rochester - Research Fellowship – Endocrinology Mayo Clinic in Rochester - Residency – General Surgery Mayo Clinic in Rochester - M.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison - B.S. University of Wisconsin, Madison
I am a digital business analyst here at Sophia. I have a B.S. in Computer Science from Mankato State University. I am also the mother of 3 teenagers, all with very different learning styles. Therefore, when I am not working on Sophia, I am helping with homework, studying for tests and supplying all the materials necessary for countless projects. Working with my children has given me a new appreciation for how many different ways there are to learn things. It has become very clear to me that what works for one child does not always work for another. I am inspired by the potential of Sophia to teach people in a way that makes sense to them, as well as provide a platform for people to share their knowledge.
I am a graduate from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2003. My degree was in Biochemistry, and minored in Microbiology. Currently I've been working at General Mills in the area of Food Science since 2007, which has been great. I think its hilarious that i didn't know that food science existed while i was in college. But it turns out Food can be pretty scientific :). Although my education has been technical for the most part, i have always had a main passion for writing and expressing ideas. Creative writing and reflections are a frequent hobbies of mine.
Micaela Vega - User Experience Analyst and Usability Professional. I love the web, good food, travel, and things that work!