Gustavus Adolphus College recently recognized Amy Brown '02 and Michael Bland '02 as its First Decade Award winners for 2012. The award is presented annually to one male and one female from the 10th anniversary class for early professional development.
Brown, a native of St. James, Minn., graduated from Gustavus magna cum laude with a degree in biology to go along with Phi Beta Kappa honors. She went on to medical school at the University of Minnesota in Duluth, where she received the Reino Pummala Award and was elected into the Gold Humanism Honor Society, both honors that recognize dedication and humanistic approaches to the healthcare needs of families and children.
In 2006, Amy enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh’s Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh for her pediatrics training. As a pediatric resident, she received the senior resident award in neonatology. Realizing her fascination and love for newborns, she stayed on as a fellow in neonatology at the University of Pittsburgh while simultaneously earning a master of science degree in medical education.
Her research interests have included innovation in medical education as well as neuro-protective interventions for newborns. She has also spent time on committees involving newborn medicine bereavement, the development of a neonatal neuro-critical care unit, and the development of a protocol for seizure management in newborns. Brown’s journey will continue this fall when she joins the faculty at the Ohio State University College of Medicine as assistant professor of pediatrics.