From the Dean

From the Dean: Asking Critical Questions

April 15, 2021 at 4:14 pm

The New England Journal of Medicine arguably is the most prestigious medical journal in the world. Many seminal medical discoveries are first reported in the Journal. One of the features of the publication that I and others especially enjoy is the weekly Case Records of the Massachusetts General Hospital, whereinRead More

From the Dean: Student and faculty awards season begins

From the Dean: Student and faculty awards season begins

April 8, 2021 at 4:25 pm

This past Monday we held our annual Sophomore Awards celebration for medical students. This year’s event was virtual due to the pandemic, but the ceremony also was special because, as I mentioned to the Year 2 students in my opening comments, all of the students deserve awards for their perseveranceRead More

From the Dean: A full roster of residents

From the Dean: A full roster of residents

March 25, 2021 at 11:59 pm

The North Dakota Legislative Assembly (aka Legislature) probably has about a month more to run for this biennium. Various bills that are relevant to the School are making their way through the process, and none is more important than SB 2003 (the funding bill for the School and the higherRead More

From the Dean: It’s Match Day!

From the Dean: It’s Match Day!

March 18, 2021 at 11:59 pm

Today is Match Day for our senior medical students! At 11 a.m. today (12 p.m. Eastern), medical students from around the country (including those at the UND SMHS) learn where they will be spending the next three to five (or more) years as part of their post-MD residency. Hosted byRead More

From the Dean: One year later

From the Dean: One year later

March 11, 2021 at 11:59 pm

Today marks one year since the pandemic really started in earnest for Susan and me. On that Friday we retreated to our home and realized that our life – and that of our family, friends, neighbors, and literally billions of others – was about to change in profound ways. YouRead More

From the Dean: ‘Cross-over,’ COVID, and commencement

From the Dean: ‘Cross-over,’ COVID, and commencement

February 25, 2021 at 11:59 pm

We now have reached the “cross-over” phase of the North Dakota legislative session where bills that originated in one chamber are passed over to the other chamber for consideration. In the case of the funding bill for the UND SMHS that is contained in the higher education budget (SB 2003),Read More

From the Dean: An assortment of honors

From the Dean: An assortment of honors

February 18, 2021 at 11:59 pm

These past two weeks have reminded me just how outstanding the faculty and staff that we’ve put in place at your UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences truly are. I sometimes joke that I can’t keep up with all the awards and other honors our team members regularly receiveRead More

From the Dean: So far, so good in Bismarck

From the Dean: So far, so good in Bismarck

February 12, 2021 at 10:07 am

Here is some promising news regarding the School’s budget submission to the North Dakota Legislative Assembly (Legislature) that currently is being considered by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The Committee just released a status report of its current thinking about the North Dakota University System (NDUS) budget request, of which theRead More

From the Dean: Celebrating INMED and National Women Physicians Day

From the Dean: Celebrating INMED and National Women Physicians Day

February 4, 2021 at 11:59 pm

I ended my column last week with congratulations to Dr. Don Warne, associate dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Director of UND’s Indians into Medicine (INMED) and Public Health programs, for his selection as a member of the inaugural Explorers 50 class of the Explorers Club, an international multidisciplinaryRead More

From the Dean: Med school matriculants from North Dakota enrolling at UND on the rise

From the Dean: Med school matriculants from North Dakota enrolling at UND on the rise

January 28, 2021 at 11:59 pm

This past Monday we had our first virtual Faculty Assembly during which I traditionally deliver the “State of the School” address, and Faculty Council Chair David Relling presents the various committee reports to the UND SMHS faculty and others in attendance. As it turns out, one of the benefits ofRead More

From the Dean: News from Bismarck

From the Dean: News from Bismarck

January 21, 2021 at 11:59 pm

The School’s presentation to the North Dakota Legislature’s Senate Appropriations Committee this past Monday went well. Dave Molmen, CEO of Altru Health System and the chair of the UND SMHS Advisory Council and I presented virtually, utilizing the slides available here. We fielded a few insightful questions from committee members,Read More

From the Dean: The Legislative session begins

From the Dean: The Legislative session begins

January 7, 2021 at 11:58 pm

This past year has been a trying one on many levels. The impact of the pandemic has been enormous of course. The suffering of many has been substantial, and the losses heart-wrenching. So, too, is the recent passing of Lonnie Laffen, former North Dakota senator and a principal at JLGRead More

From the Dean: Vaccines in North Dakota, holiday greetings

From the Dean: Vaccines in North Dakota, holiday greetings

December 17, 2020 at 1:39 pm

As the semester winds down, SARS-CoV-2 cases trend downward as well in North Dakota and at UND. As has been widely reported, we’ve seen a rather dramatic recent decline in cases, test positivity rate, and hospitalizations. All of this mainly can be attributed to better attention to good public healthRead More

From the Dean: Legislative affairs and recognizing clinical faculty

From the Dean: Legislative affairs and recognizing clinical faculty

December 10, 2020 at 11:59 pm

The School held its first-ever virtual Holiday Gathering last night. Ordinarily, we coordinate December celebrations on each of our four campuses as well as a luncheon get-together that we hold on the second floor of the Grand Forks building. But because of the pandemic, we consolidated all five parties intoRead More

From the Dean: The latest on COVID vaccines

From the Dean: The latest on COVID vaccines

December 3, 2020 at 11:59 pm

One of the very positive things we have going on at the School is outstanding leadership of our student leaders. Here’s one example: as required by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME, the accrediting body for U.S. medical schools that I’ve mentioned before), the students are conducting a surveyRead More