From the Dean

From the Dean

From the Dean

February 13, 2020 at 11:59 pm

You may have read an email earlier this week and/or the Tuesday news release announcing that Dr. Joy Dorscher, the School’s associate dean of Student Affairs & Admissions, has decided to retire as of February 19, 2020. Dr. Dorscher has served the School with energy and commitment since May 2012.Read More

From the Dean

From the Dean

February 6, 2020 at 11:59 pm

This past Monday was the fourth annual National Women Physicians Day. My wife Susan and many of her colleagues attended a conference that evening to honor women in medicine. The day celebrates the birth of Dr. Elisabeth Blackwell, the first female medical doctor in the United States, who was bornRead More

From the Dean

From the Dean

January 30, 2020 at 2:42 pm

There were two big events this week, both of which have relevance for our School. The first was that North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum chose to give the annual State of the State address on the UND campus. This was only the second time that a North Dakota governor hasRead More

From the Dean

From the Dean

January 16, 2020 at 2:00 pm

This past Wednesday, I was pleased to attend an event at the UND Alumni Association & Foundation’s Gorecki Alumni Center in celebration of the life and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event—called the Dream in Action—was cosponsored by UND and the City of Grand Forks. Coordinated byRead More

From the Dean

From the Dean

January 9, 2020 at 10:58 pm

As we welcome the new academic year and many of our students back to campus next week, I hope that you will join me in also welcoming Minnie Faith Kalyanasundaram, M.D., to campus as a new associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and director of theRead More

From the Dean

From the Dean

January 2, 2020 at 10:00 pm

As we welcome 2020 and look forward to the new year, we should pause for a moment to send our best wishes to Hunter Pinke, a UND student athlete on the football team who suffered a severe spinal injury while skiing in Colorado, and to remember two members of theRead More

From the Dean

From the Dean

December 19, 2019 at 10:59 pm

With UND 2019 Winter Commencement activities concluding this afternoon, the first semester of the 2020 academic year is winding down. Yesterday we held commencement for students receiving professional and graduate degrees, and later this afternoon we will have two ceremonies to send off those receiving undergraduate degrees, including students fromRead More

From the Dean

From the Dean

December 12, 2019 at 11:00 pm

Susan and I visited the Northwest (Minot) campus yesterday for the last holiday party of the season, and it was a lot of fun. As I’ve mentioned before, the School hosts these get-togethers on all three of our regional campuses in Minot, Fargo, and Bismarck, along with one on theRead More

From the Dean

From the Dean

December 5, 2019 at 11:34 am

On a sad note, the long-time building service technician for the School, Art Rice, recently passed away after spending 38 years supporting faculty, staff, and students at UND. Art acquired a severe hearing problem at a young age, but that never stopped him. We will miss him, and I’m sureRead More

From the Dean

From the Dean

November 28, 2019 at 11:59 pm

Drs. Joshua Wynne and Susan Farkas wish everyone in the extended UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences family a Happy Thanksgiving. Dr. Wynne’s column will return on Friday, Dec. 6.

From the Dean

From the Dean

November 21, 2019 at 11:59 pm

We had a special event yesterday when the Interim Health Care Committee of the North Dakota Legislature met for the day in the new building on the Northeast (Grand Forks) campus. The event also was streamed live to the other campuses in the state. It was an all-day meeting, withRead More

From the Dean

From the Dean

November 14, 2019 at 11:59 pm

Our Indians into Medicine (INMED) program is one to be proud of, but I am especially proud after the recent announcement that the program was one of four recipients of the 2019 Award for Excellence in Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in Medical Education and Patient Care bestowed by the AlphaRead More

From the Dean

From the Dean

November 7, 2019 at 11:59 pm

This past Tuesday, Susan and I attended a very special event on the Northeast (Grand Forks) campus. Along with dozens of others from the SMHS, UND, and Grand Forks community, we attended the opening exhibition of the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences Art Gallery located on the secondRead More

From the Dean

From the Dean

October 31, 2019 at 11:59 pm

This week was notable for three events at the School and UND. The first was Primary Care Week, wherein a variety of related events were featured through the coordination of our Center for Rural Health. I had a chance to sit in on several of the presentations, including a reallyRead More

From the Dean

From the Dean

October 25, 2019 at 9:20 am

Last week I attended the fall meeting of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the national body that accredits all of the 154 medical schools in the U.S. and the 17 in Canada that grant M.D. degrees. By the way, the reason that it is called a “Liaison” committeeRead More