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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

From the Dean: Record-setting research quarter

From the Dean: Record-setting research quarter

November 19, 2020 at 11:59 pm

The theme of this week’s column is “resilience and excellence under pressure.” First, consider the just-released report summarizing the School’s research funding for the first quarter (July through September) of our fiscal year. Keep in mind that our researchers finished the last academic year with the largest amount of fundedRead More

From the Dean: We know what we need to do

From the Dean: We know what we need to do

November 12, 2020 at 11:26 am

This has been a quiet week, all things considered, especially since UND was closed on Wednesday in recognition of Veterans Day. On Tuesday I sent an email to all School faculty, staff and students to remind them about the holiday and to ask them to pause on that day “toRead More

From the Dean: Some promising news

From the Dean: Some promising news

November 5, 2020 at 11:58 pm

In this depressing SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) era, it’s good to share some positive and potentially important recent information. A study from Iceland published in last week’s edition of the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine looked at the antibody response (the protective proteins that the body makes after exposure to anRead More

From the Dean: The path forward

From the Dean: The path forward

October 29, 2020 at 11:59 pm

We’re just short of eight months into this pandemic and all of us have to be asking: Is this ever going to end? My last “normal” day was on Friday, March 13, of all days. Talk about bad luck! Since then, Susan and I haven’t been able to visit twoRead More