Articles by: joshuawynne

From the Dean: Remembering Roger Melvold

From the Dean: Remembering Roger Melvold

May 12, 2022 at 11:59 pm

I have some sad news to share for those of you who have been associated with the SMHS for some time. Earlier this week an esteemed former faculty member, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor Dr. Roger Melvold, passed away at age 76. Roger served as professor and chair of microbiology andRead More

From the Dean: Commencement time!

From the Dean: Commencement time!

May 5, 2022 at 11:59 pm

Commencement 2022 is here at the UND SMHS! Tomorrow, 69 medical students officially will join the medical profession as they are awarded their MD degrees. Following a celebration brunch where outstanding students and faculty are recognized, we will reassemble in the Chester Fritz Auditorium for the afternoon Commencement. You can watchRead More

From the Dean: Masking and accreditation and Commencement, oh my!

From the Dean: Masking and accreditation and Commencement, oh my!

April 28, 2022 at 11:59 pm

Given the current apparent transition of COVID-19 in our region from a pandemic to an endemic situation (meaning that while COVD-19 has not disappeared, it no longer is associated with widespread, rapid, and potentially debilitating community spread), it would appear to be an appropriate time to further modify the School’sRead More

From the Dean: A wonderful week

From the Dean: A wonderful week

April 21, 2022 at 11:59 pm

Yesterday marked the 42nd annual Frank Low Research Day at the School, and this year our premier research event was again virtual. Presentations by faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, residents, and graduate, medical, and health sciences students were prerecorded and then aired during the meeting, with subsequent live video discussion withRead More

From the Dean: Maybe/it depends

From the Dean: Maybe/it depends

April 7, 2022 at 11:59 pm

Susan and I recently “attended” (virtually) the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology (called ACC22) that was held in Washington, D.C., from April 2-4. It was a hybrid event, with a moderate number of in-person attendees and a fair number online (like Susan and me). I spent aRead More

From the Dean: Broadening our scope

From the Dean: Broadening our scope

March 31, 2022 at 11:59 pm

As one of UND’s vice presidents, I had the pleasure to be part of the interview team that visited with the four outstanding final candidates who are under consideration for the deanship at the UND School of Law to follow Dean Mike McGinnis, who is stepping down in June. IRead More

From the Dean: Match Day results

From the Dean: Match Day results

March 24, 2022 at 11:59 pm

As I mentioned in last week’s column, last Friday was Match Day for our graduating medical students. The vast majority of them matched in a residency that they will start after graduation, and in which they will learn their chosen specialty over the next three to five years. Most matchedRead More

From the Dean: Match Day!

From the Dean: Match Day!

March 17, 2022 at 11:58 pm

Today is Match Day! At noon today (EDT), some 42,000 medical students across the U.S. and indeed the world – and especially our own UND SMHS senior medical students – will learn where they will be doing their residency training following graduation from medical school. Residency training is required forRead More

From the Dean: Updating Bismarck on our health future

From the Dean: Updating Bismarck on our health future

March 11, 2022 at 11:55 pm

As I mentioned in last week’s column, we met with Governor Burgum and his executive leadership team yesterday as part of a strategic review process that is utilized by the Governor and the executive branch to plan for North Dakota’s future. First, President Armacost, accompanied by the university’s vice presidents,Read More

From the Dean: The State of the School

From the Dean: The State of the School

March 3, 2022 at 11:59 pm

This past Wednesday I had the privilege of delivering the annual “State of the School” address at the Faculty Assembly. It was (again) a virtual event and we had great turnout, with over 100 individuals participating. I outlined my assessment of where we are as a school, and, importantly, whereRead More

From the Dean: Growing our research enterprise

From the Dean: Growing our research enterprise

February 24, 2022 at 11:59 pm

Most institutions of higher learning share three core values in their missions – education, discovery (that is, research, scholarship, and creative activities), and service to the community. As I’ve indicated previously, what is somewhat unique about the UND SMHS is that our purpose as a school is defined in NorthRead More

From the Dean: LCME update and a special Giving Hearts Day gift

From the Dean: LCME update and a special Giving Hearts Day gift

February 11, 2022 at 3:27 am

Earlier this week we had a mock visit to help prepare us for the accreditation visit for our medical student program that will occur in April. Like that forthcoming visit, this practice session was done virtually. We contracted with a group of former medical school deans who help schools prepareRead More

From the Dean: Remembering Al Samuelson and Wayne Stenehjem

From the Dean: Remembering Al Samuelson and Wayne Stenehjem

February 3, 2022 at 11:59 pm

Early this past Tuesday morning, I observed something that struck me as typical North Dakota while I drove down our local street. We and our neighbors had put out our recycling bins at the end of our driveways the night before so that the collection truck could use its mechanicalRead More

From the Dean: Our award-winning students and faculty

From the Dean: Our award-winning students and faculty

January 27, 2022 at 11:59 pm

This has been an exciting week of recognition for a number of high-performing students and faculty at the School. I’ve often said that it’s really the people that make schools and programs great, beyond “just” great facilities and support services like information technology, dining services, human resources, and maintenance services.Read More

From the Dean: The prudent thing to do

From the Dean: The prudent thing to do

January 20, 2022 at 11:59 pm

Last week I discussed the changing landscape around the globe due to the omicron variant. Unfortunately, this week I need to update that overview with comments about the burgeoning impact of omicron locally across North Dakota. We have seen a rapid increase in cases statewide, with increasing numbers of newRead More