Archive for April, 2020

From the Dean: On COVID testing

From the Dean: On COVID testing

April 30, 2020 at 11:59 pm

As we move into May, the COVID-19 pandemic continues, although many parts of the country now seem to be on the descending limb of at least the initial infection curve. To what extent, and how severe, recurrent waves of outbreak will occur still remains unclear. But it seems likely thatRead More

SMHS announces 2020 Sophomore Awards

SMHS announces 2020 Sophomore Awards

April 30, 2020 at 2:00 pm

Several second-year medical students received sophomore awards on April 30 when the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences announced its 2020 Sophomore Awards winners. In past years, these awards were presented in-person. This year’s luncheon was canceled because of COVID-19. Still, academic, teaching, and service awards were awarded onRead More

Nominations sought for Kupchella Preventive Medicine and Wellness Awards

Nominations sought for Kupchella Preventive Medicine and Wellness Awards

April 30, 2020 at 11:04 am

Nominations are being sought for the Charles E. Kupchella Preventive Medicine and Wellness Awards. The awards recognize the achievements of an individual and an organization who have worked to improve health and wellness through lowered rates of disease and disability by developing and delivering effective health promotion and prevention initiatives.Read More

Productivity during the pandemic: Strategies for balancing work, teaching, and parenting in the COVID era

Productivity during the pandemic: Strategies for balancing work, teaching, and parenting in the COVID era

April 30, 2020 at 10:23 am

Before 2020, many of us might have said we’d like to work from home on occasion: skipping the daily commute, having lunch at home, experiencing fewer doorway interruptions, not having to dress up for the office, and not having to take a sick day yourself when a child is sickRead More

Reid Bartholomew to give Surgery Grand Rounds on management of the open abdomen May 8

Reid Bartholomew to give Surgery Grand Rounds on management of the open abdomen May 8

April 30, 2020 at 10:23 am

Reid Bartholomew, M.D., PGY-II resident in the UND Department of Surgery, will present a talk entitled “Management of the Open Abdomen” at Altru Health System in Grand Forks, N.D., from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Friday, May 8. All are welcome to attend.* The objectives of Dr. Bartholomew’s talkRead More

UND, Altru Health System team up to produce COVID-19 testing medium

UND, Altru Health System team up to produce COVID-19 testing medium

April 30, 2020 at 8:55 am

Researchers at Altru Health System and the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences have partnered on the production of a laboratory medium useful for testing COVID-19. Marijo Roiko, Ph.D., microbiology program director in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Services for Altru, and UND Department of Biomedical Sciences Associate Professors CatherineRead More

From the Dean: Thank you, North Dakota Congressional delegation!

From the Dean: Thank you, North Dakota Congressional delegation!

April 23, 2020 at 11:59 pm

Thanks in part to geography, aggressive physical distancing and other public health measures embraced by many North Dakotans, an impressive ramp-up of the state’s testing and contact tracing capacity, and adroit leadership from the Governor and his executive branch (including the North Dakota Department of Health), North Dakota so farRead More

First- and second-year med students recognize six faculty for Outstanding Block Instructor Awards for blocks 3, 7

First- and second-year med students recognize six faculty for Outstanding Block Instructor Awards for blocks 3, 7

April 23, 2020 at 11:32 am

In recognition of outstanding performance in the encouragement, enrichment, and education of tomorrow’s physicians, the medical classes of 2022 and 2023 have recognized six faculty for Outstanding Block Instructor Awards in Block III and Block VII of the 2019-2020 academic year. The Class of 2022 (Year 2) Block VII awardeesRead More

Happy Medical Laboratory Professionals Week!

Happy Medical Laboratory Professionals Week!

April 23, 2020 at 11:30 am

The Department of Medical Laboratory Science would like to wish everyone a happy Medical Laboratory Professionals Week!  We had some fun in-person activities planned for this week – but we will save them for next year instead. The laboratory profession is often referred to as the “hidden medical profession” givenRead More

DaCCoTA posts COVID-19-related pilot grant awards

DaCCoTA posts COVID-19-related pilot grant awards

April 23, 2020 at 10:14 am

The Dakota Cancer Collaborative on Translational Activity (DaCCoTA) Pilot Projects Program is requesting applications for COVID-19-Related Pilot Grant Awards. The goal of the DaCCoTA program is to stimulate growth of expertise and engagement in cancer-related clinical and translational research (CTR) in the Dakota region encompassed by the states of NorthRead More

Matthew Zweerink to give Surgery Grand Rounds on carotid artery disease May 1

Matthew Zweerink to give Surgery Grand Rounds on carotid artery disease May 1

April 23, 2020 at 10:07 am

Matthew Zweerink, M.D., a PGY-II resident in the UND Department of Surgery, will present a talk entitled “Carotid artery disease” at Sanford Medical Center Broadway in Fargo, N.D., from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Friday, May 1. All are welcome to attend.* The objectives of Dr. Zweerink’s talk are:Read More

From the Dean: Remembering Gary Hart

From the Dean: Remembering Gary Hart

April 16, 2020 at 11:59 pm

To begin, I have some sad news to report. L. Gary Hart, Ph.D., director of the UND Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the School and professor in the Department of Population Health, passed away on Monday, April 13, after a recent illness. He joined the CRH in 2010, comingRead More

Brissette awarded $387,750 grant through the NIH’s Allergy and Infectious Disease Institute

Brissette awarded $387,750 grant through the NIH’s Allergy and Infectious Disease Institute

April 16, 2020 at 7:59 pm

Dr. Catherine Brissette, associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, was recently awarded a $387,750 R21 grant through the National Institutes of Health’s Allergy and Infectious Disease Institute. The scientific review panel characterized Dr. Brissette’s proposal as trail-blazing, and praised the level of innovation as well as the excellentRead More

From the Dean

From the Dean

April 9, 2020 at 11:59 pm

The COVID-19 saga continues to play out in North Dakota and around the world. The good news is that the trend thus far in North Dakota has been better than in many other places, although we have had six deaths so far (as of the latest report yesterday from theRead More

Zoom tips, backgrounds

Zoom tips, backgrounds

April 9, 2020 at 5:36 pm

We’re all using Zoom quite a bit more these days. So in addition to the Education Resources tips on effective “Zooming,” please consider the following: Zoom backgrounds UND and our medical media team have made a handful of Zoom backgrounds available if you wish to jazz up your meetings and/orRead More