Masonic Professional Development Scholarship

Masonic Development

With support from Minnesota Masonic Charities, the U’s Department of Pediatrics created a scholarship that helps expose pediatrics residents to new learning and networking opportunities. The Masonic Professional Development Scholarship enables aspiring pediatricians to participate in courses, conferences, and meetings where they can both present their own research, build a knowledge base by learning from others, and serve as ambassadors of the U. 

During the 2019–2020 academic year, the scholarship was awarded to 13 residents attending regional and national meetings.

2019–2020 Masonic Professional Development Scholars

CJ KoozerCJ Koozer, M.D., attended the Pediatric Hospitalist Conference presented by the American Academy of Pediatrics in Seattle, Washington. She was preparing to work as a pediatric hospitalist after residency, therefore, this conference was extremely helpful in preparing her for her new job by allowing her to attend workshops and lectures about the most up-to-date practices in the community hospital setting.


Alice Lehman headshotAlice Lehman, M.D., attended the University of Minnesota conference on Emerging Infections in Clinical Practice and Public Health, and will put those skills into practice in her future career focused on infectious disease.


Sandy Liu headshotSandy Liu, M.D., represented the U’s pediatric residency program at the national American Academy of Pediatrics conference as a program delegate and attended sessions related to medical education, endocrinology, obesity, and minority health.


Pooja MishraPooja Mishra, M.D., presented at the Pediatric Hospital Medicine national conference. Her presentation was titled “We solved it, so why isn’t she getting better?: abdominal pain in a 17-year-old female.” Presenting her work at a national conference was an important professional development milestone for Mishra.


Alex MuharAlex Muhar, M.D., presented a workshop at the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities based on research she completed during her pediatrics residency. She will be completing a neonatology fellowship at Vanderbilt University after she graduates.


Maddie PaulMaddie Paul, M.D., attended a five-day course focused on breastfeeding certification to build her skills and knowledge in breastfeeding medicine, an important step as she prepares for a career in general pediatrics.


Trisha PaulTrisha Paul, M.D., was accepted to present her work at a national conference. She gave a presentation titled “Story Slam, stat: experimenting with storytelling as a way to build community and resilience amongst residents.” Click here to learn more about Story Slam.

Katie PolichtKatie Policht, M.D., attended the national Pediatric Hospital Medicine conference for professional education and networking. The connections she forged when attending the conference were instrumental in helping her meet her career goals.


Tim RauschkeTim Rauschke, M.D., attended a five-day course focused on breastfeeding certification to build his skills and knowledge in breastfeeding medicine, an important step as he prepares for a career in general pediatrics.


Michaela RokoszMichaela Rokosz, M.D., attended a conference to learn more about caring for children with mental health needs. The knowledge she gained will serve her well in her future career in general pediatric medicine.


Erika SnowErika Snow, M.D., attended the National Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition conference in fall 2019 to continue her career and professional development as she prepares to start a fellowship in gastroenterology. She attended a number of presentations at the conference, enrolled in a post-graduate course geared specifically for residents and fellows in training, attended a symposium focused on hepatology, and networked with gastroenterology faculty from across the country.


Matt ThompsonMatt Thompson, M.D., presented research at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual national conference on the timing of antibiotic administration. Thompson completed the study in collaboration with Jeff Louie, M.D., emergency medicine faculty at M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital and past beneficiary of Masonic support.


WestMallary West, M.D., used her scholarship to enroll in online coursework that is required in order to become an Internationally Board Certified Clinical Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)  With more than 120 hours worth of material, the content meets the hours required to sit for the IBCLC exam. Completing this coursework and eventually taking the IBCLC exam is a crucial part of West’s career goals. She hopes to be an outpatient pediatrician who specializes in breastfeeding medicine.