From the Dean

From the Dean: Summer goodbyes (and hellos)

From the Dean: Summer goodbyes (and hellos)

July 2, 2021 at 11:02 am

Yesterday marks the start of the new academic (and fiscal) year for the School and UND. It is the official marker of the transition from one year to the next, and there are multiple transitions that are occurring. Some folks are leaving, and many are arriving. Among those to whomRead More

From the Dean: Balancing the scales

From the Dean: Balancing the scales

June 24, 2021 at 11:59 pm

I’m proud of the efforts and outcomes of the School’s various initiatives to promote diversity in our student ranks. We have identified rural background and American Indian heritage as our two focus areas for medical student diversity, and the results of our efforts have been impressive. Rural medical student enrollmentRead More

From the Dean: Announcing new assistant deans

From the Dean: Announcing new assistant deans

June 17, 2021 at 11:59 pm

In past columns I’ve commented on the challenges presented by the pandemic, of course, and also the hard work that is ongoing to prepare for several upcoming accreditation visits of various educational programs at the UND SMHS. An additional heavy lift has been the extraordinary efforts by faculty, staff, andRead More

From the Dean: Getting ready for LCME

From the Dean: Getting ready for LCME

June 10, 2021 at 11:58 pm

Next week promises to be an especially busy week for me personally, as I will be participating (albeit virtually) in the June meeting of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the accreditation body for U.S. medical schools. As I’ve mentioned before, the LCME is comprised of 19 members, 15Read More

From the Dean: Why diversity, inclusion, and collaboration matter

From the Dean: Why diversity, inclusion, and collaboration matter

June 3, 2021 at 11:59 pm

An interesting and informative article was just published by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). It deals with the challenges and successes of four minority students and the impact of various programs aimed at increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in medical schools across the country. One of ourRead More

From the Dean: Revised pandemic guidelines

From the Dean: Revised pandemic guidelines

May 27, 2021 at 11:59 pm

In view of the favorable trajectory of the pandemic in North Dakota over the past few months, UND has come out with new guidelines that will become effective on June 1, 2021. In multiple discussions with President Armacost and the leadership of UND, it became clear to us that specialRead More

From the Dean: The future of healthcare

From the Dean: The future of healthcare

May 20, 2021 at 11:58 pm

The pandemic obviously has had a profound impact on the healthcare enterprise and patients in general. One of the more interesting effects has been in the realm of virtual care delivery – the use of telemedicine and devices to assist in care. Telehealth – the use of audiovisual technology toRead More

From the Dean: The result of great teaching

From the Dean: The result of great teaching

May 13, 2021 at 11:58 pm

We are proud of our post-MD residency training programs that the School sponsors around the state. We have programs in family and internal medicine, surgery, psychiatry, orthopedic surgery, neurology, geriatric medicine (fellowship), transitional, and hematology-oncology (a fellowship due to start next year). Although we have expanded (and are expanding) theRead More

From the Dean: Commencement and remembering Daryl Sieg

From the Dean: Commencement and remembering Daryl Sieg

May 6, 2021 at 11:59 pm

Tomorrow will be commencement day for the medical student Class of 2021. Our other graduating health sciences and graduate students will be part of the general UND commencement ceremony the following weekend. Both events will be different from usual due to the pandemic. For medical students, it will be aRead More

From the Dean: Another session in the books

From the Dean: Another session in the books

April 29, 2021 at 11:59 pm

Now that Governor Burgum has signed the funding bill for higher education, we are busy finalizing our operating budget for the coming academic year. Our final budget will be in line with any provisions stipulated by the State Board of Higher Education and needs to be approved by President ArmacostRead More

From the Dean: N.D. Legislature begins wrapping-up

From the Dean: N.D. Legislature begins wrapping-up

April 22, 2021 at 11:59 pm

Although the last official day of this year’s session of the North Dakota Legislative Assembly is fewer than two weeks away, it is likely that the session actually will end sometime next week in order to save some days for another subsequent meeting to address state-wide redistricting. As you mayRead More

From the Dean: Asking Critical Questions

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