From the Dean

From the Dean

From the Dean

January 10, 2019 at 12:51 pm

As I mentioned last week, the SMHS will testify before the House Appropriations Committee—Education and Environment Division at the state capitol on Tuesday afternoon. Recently retired Altru CEO Dave Molmen will join me in testifying on behalf of the UND SMHS Advisory Council that he chairs. Dave has graciously agreedRead More

From the Dean

From the Dean

January 3, 2019 at 2:55 pm

Happy New Year! I trust that you had an enjoyable holiday break, although the storm last week certainly wasn’t in keeping with the holiday spirit! And there is a flu bug going around to boot. Thus, while 2019 arrived with some challenges, it also signals the arrival of new opportunities.Read More

From the Dean

From the Dean

December 27, 2018 at 12:39 pm

Dean Joshua Wynne’s weekly For Your Health column will return on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019.  He and his spouse, Dr. Susan Farkas, wish everyone a happy, healthy New Year.

Wake Up to UND 2018-
President Mark Kennedy awards the Presidential Medial to Dave Molmen, Altru's chief executive officer.  Jackie Lorentz photo/ UND Today

From the Dean

December 20, 2018 at 9:19 am

This past Monday, my wife Dr. Susan Farkas and I had the pleasure and honor of attending a retirement celebration in honor of Dave Molmen, who is retiring at the end of December as chief executive officer (CEO) at Altru Health System after some 40 years of health care service.Read More

From the Dean

From the Dean

December 13, 2018 at 10:48 am

This week, we celebrated the holiday season with parties on the Southeast (Fargo) and the Northwest (Minot) campuses, finishing the cycle of parties at all four regional campuses that began last week. As at the parties on the Southwest (Bismarck) and Northeast (Grand Forks) campuses last week, we took timeRead More

From the Dean

From the Dean

December 6, 2018 at 1:58 pm

As I mentioned in last week’s column, there was a lot going on in Bismarck this week. On Monday, the UND SMHS Advisory Council met in preparation for the upcoming North Dakota Legislative Assembly. There were three important items on the agenda, the first being a review of the FifthRead More

From the Dean

From the Dean

November 29, 2018 at 4:21 pm

Next week marks the “official” beginning of the new legislative session in North Dakota. Although the Legislative Assembly starts on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, there is a “pre-session” meeting of members Monday through Wednesday of next week, culminating on Wednesday morning when Gov. Doug Burgum presents his Executive Budget forRead More

From the Dean

November 21, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Dean Joshua Wynne is away from the office this week. His For Your Health column will return on Friday, Nov. 30.

From the Dean

From the Dean

November 15, 2018 at 1:04 pm

I recently was briefed on the School’s philanthropic status. As you know, we work closely with the UND Alumni Association and Foundation (UND AAF) and partner to develop resources that support the School’s priorities. We have identified mitigation of student debt and the development of endowed professorships and chairs asRead More

From the Dean

From the Dean

November 9, 2018 at 11:53 pm

This will be a truncated column this week, as Susan and I returned from the annual meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) late Tuesday night, and I was seeing patients in the Adult Congenital Heart Disease clinic all day yesterday. By the way, the clinic (which IRead More

From the Dean

From the Dean

November 1, 2018 at 4:02 pm

This past week was jammed-packed with exciting happenings. It was a particularly rewarding week for me because I help teach the cardiovascular pathophysiology section of Block 6 of the second-year medical student curriculum (there are four blocks in each of the first two years of medical school). In addition toRead More

From the Dean

From the Dean

October 24, 2018 at 2:51 pm

This past Tuesday we held our eighth annual Adopt-a-Med-Student Program Luncheon, in which we award all our first-year medical students a stethoscope provided by some of the School’s generous donors. Some donors even provided more than one stethoscope. The idea behind the event is two-fold: first, to provide students withRead More

From the Dean

From the Dean

October 18, 2018 at 10:30 pm

As you know, the SMHS relies on practitioners from all across North Dakota to help train our medical and health sciences students. Although much of our clinical educational efforts occur in the outpatient (non-hospital) setting, the six tertiary care hospitals (along with the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Fargo andRead More

From the Dean

From the Dean

October 11, 2018 at 11:59 pm

I spent the last few days at the triannual meeting of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the national accreditation body for all of the medical schools in the United States and Canada. As one of the 15 professional members of the LCME (along with two public members andRead More

From the Dean

From the Dean

October 4, 2018 at 11:30 pm

Last Sunday, Susan and I attended the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony for the first concert in its 2018-19 season. It was a spectacular performance, ending with a fantastic rendition of a Brahms favorite of mine, the Double Concerto in A Minor (Op. 102). The piece features the violin and cello, and theRead More