From the Dean

From the Dean: Record-breaking year

From the Dean: Record-breaking year

August 14, 2020 at 7:00 am

I am delighted to report the achievement of two records that were just finalized this week. Both are related to financial contributions to UND, and both are especially noteworthy in that they were achieved despite the impact of COVID-19 during the last part of the academic year that ended JuneRead More

From the Dean: We are far from helpless

From the Dean: We are far from helpless

August 6, 2020 at 11:58 pm

We are now fewer than three weeks from the official start of the fall semester at UND, although our freshman medical students have been attending class virtually for the past month. And even as we continue to strive to keep our facilities as uncongested as possible from a staff andRead More

From the Dean: Rethinking educational models

From the Dean: Rethinking educational models

July 24, 2020 at 8:11 am

This past Tuesday there was a fun virtual event sponsored by Governor Burgum. It was a Virtual Summit on Innovative Education. During the time I was able to be online, I saw that there were about 800 other attendees, presumably from across the state. The Governor mentioned that there wereRead More

From the Dean: Getting ready for students’ return amid COVID-19

From the Dean: Getting ready for students’ return amid COVID-19

July 16, 2020 at 11:59 pm

The virtual events we held last Friday for the incoming medical student Class of 2024 and their families went very well indeed by all accounts. As is my traditional role, I oversaw the Friday case wrap-up where the entire class “meets” (this year virtually) with the patient whose case historyRead More

From the Dean: The 100th percentile

From the Dean: The 100th percentile

July 9, 2020 at 11:59 pm

As I’ve mentioned before, the medical students in the Class of 2024 began their studies with us this week. I welcomed them to the UND SMHS on Monday. But unlike in prior years, the meeting was not in person—it was virtual. And rather than discussing the moral imperatives of beingRead More

From the Dean: Return-to-work and other COVID-19 updates

From the Dean: Return-to-work and other COVID-19 updates

June 25, 2020 at 11:59 pm

I suspect that you, like me, have periods of concern and worry regarding the current pandemic and especially how it might impact the future. I was, quite frankly, struggling a bit emotionally earlier in the week, especially after yet again having to interact over the weekend with our five grandkidsRead More

From the Dean: Here comes the Class of 2024!

From the Dean: Here comes the Class of 2024!

June 18, 2020 at 11:59 pm

As I mentioned in this column last week, I “attended” the latest triannual meeting of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for two days earlier this week. We reviewed almost three dozen accreditation surveys, status reports and change notifications (for example, regarding class size) from medical schools across theRead More

From the Dean: “Best places to practice”

From the Dean: “Best places to practice”

June 11, 2020 at 11:55 pm

Last year, I mentioned an annual survey of the attractiveness of various physician practice locations around the U.S. conducted and reported by Medscape, a commercial online portal for physicians and other health professionals. The survey for 2020 was just released (“2020 Best and Worst Places to Practice”). It ranks allRead More

From the Dean: No going back

From the Dean: No going back

June 4, 2020 at 11:59 pm

The growth of virtual rather than face-to-face communications and interactions occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic continues at a dizzying pace. Recently I was talking with the developer of a software product that is able to analyze millions of patient records and use artificial intelligence to develop improved patient management strategies.Read More

From the Dean: From one role to another

From the Dean: From one role to another

May 28, 2020 at 11:59 pm

Sunday marks my last day as interim president of UND, as Andy Armacost officially takes over on Monday, June 1, 2020. Susan and I have been busy packing up our belongings in University House prior to our move out next week, and our Fargo home will be chock full ofRead More

From the Dean: How to honor 2020 grads?

From the Dean: How to honor 2020 grads?

May 22, 2020 at 1:00 am

This past Wednesday night, I had a chance to watch a virtual national celebration produced by the American Medical Association to honor the roughly 30,000 medical students nationwide who have or will be graduating this spring. Actors who have portrayed doctors on TV and in movies, along with other notableRead More

From the Dean: Congratulations graduates!

From the Dean: Congratulations graduates!

May 14, 2020 at 11:59 pm

As I mentioned in last week’s column, this weekend marks graduation for our senior class of medical and health sciences students. All together, more than 320 UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences students will receive their degrees in virtual Commencement ceremonies that get underway at 10 a.m. tomorrow. IRead More

From the Dean: More on the budget picture

From the Dean: More on the budget picture

May 7, 2020 at 11:58 pm

I’m now in the last few weeks of my interim presidency at UND. Andy Armacost takes over officially on June 1, 2020, but as you probably know, we have been working together on the presidential transition since January. In view of the pandemic, having both of us working together duringRead More

From the Dean: On COVID testing

From the Dean: On COVID testing

April 30, 2020 at 11:59 pm

As we move into May, the COVID-19 pandemic continues, although many parts of the country now seem to be on the descending limb of at least the initial infection curve. To what extent, and how severe, recurrent waves of outbreak will occur still remains unclear. But it seems likely thatRead More

From the Dean: Thank you, North Dakota Congressional delegation!

From the Dean: Thank you, North Dakota Congressional delegation!

April 23, 2020 at 11:59 pm

Thanks in part to geography, aggressive physical distancing and other public health measures embraced by many North Dakotans, an impressive ramp-up of the state’s testing and contact tracing capacity, and adroit leadership from the Governor and his executive branch (including the North Dakota Department of Health), North Dakota so farRead More