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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

From the Dean: Remembering Gary Hart

From the Dean: Remembering Gary Hart

April 16, 2020 at 11:59 pm

To begin, I have some sad news to report. L. Gary Hart, Ph.D., director of the UND Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the School and professor in the Department of Population Health, passed away on Monday, April 13, after a recent illness. He joined the CRH in 2010, comingRead More

From the Dean

From the Dean

April 9, 2020 at 11:59 pm

The COVID-19 saga continues to play out in North Dakota and around the world. The good news is that the trend thus far in North Dakota has been better than in many other places, although we have had six deaths so far (as of the latest report yesterday from theRead More

From the Dean: We’ll get through this together

From the Dean: We’ll get through this together

April 2, 2020 at 11:59 pm

It again has been a busy week, and again dominated by COVID-19 issues. But as I outlined in my comments last week, the activities of the School continue, albeit in very modified ways. Thanks to the internet, and the creativity and flexibility of our faculty and staff, the majority ofRead More

From the Dean: Physical—not social—distancing

From the Dean: Physical—not social—distancing

March 26, 2020 at 11:59 pm

We are obviously in very different space than we were one short month ago. On Feb. 27, 2020, Susan and I were on a several-day break out in Big Sky, Mont. Today we are hunkered down in University House, practicing social distancing, and we’ve been without direct close personal contactRead More

From the Dean

From the Dean

March 19, 2020 at 11:59 pm

Like many of you, I’ve been going nonstop and trying to manage the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and its impact. What follows, then, are the latest updates pertaining to the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences, and a longer version of an op-ed I wrote that was published byRead More

From the Dean

From the Dean

March 13, 2020 at 9:58 am

This truly has been a momentous and challenging time. Since the spread of the coronavirus will continue and its impact increase over time, it is important for UND and the School of Medicine & Health Sciences to be proactive. So as you may well have heard already, we just madeRead More

From the Dean

From the Dean

March 12, 2020 at 9:01 am

A big focus this week has been UND’s ongoing preparation for the COVID-19 (coronavirus) issue. It is a fast-moving situation with many implications. But clearly, it is important to prepare earnestly. An example of such anticipatory activity was the decision two days ago by the Association of American Medical CollegesRead More

From the Dean

From the Dean

February 27, 2020 at 11:59 pm

This year we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the UND SMHS. Since its beginning in 1980 with one employee—Dr. Kevin Fickenscher, its founding director—the CRH has grown to become a major force for good in rural health care deliveryRead More

From the Dean

From the Dean

February 20, 2020 at 11:59 pm

Although the next session of the North Dakota Legislative Assembly (the biannual meeting of the Legislature) is fewer than 11 months away (with a scheduled start date of Jan. 5, 2021), UND and the UND SMHS are already in the preparatory stages of budget planning for the next biennium. AsRead More

From the Dean

From the Dean

February 13, 2020 at 11:59 pm

You may have read an email earlier this week and/or the Tuesday news release announcing that Dr. Joy Dorscher, the School’s associate dean of Student Affairs & Admissions, has decided to retire as of February 19, 2020. Dr. Dorscher has served the School with energy and commitment since May 2012.Read More