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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: The wrong direction

From the Dean: The wrong direction

October 22, 2020 at 11:59 pm

As you are aware, the COVID-19 numbers for North Dakota (and Grand Forks County) are headed in the decidedly wrong direction. While I’d much rather have North Dakota and UND in the news because of the great things that are happening in our educational and research programs, our situation isRead More

From the Dean: Budget season, remembering Dr. Mark Siegel

From the Dean: Budget season, remembering Dr. Mark Siegel

October 15, 2020 at 11:55 pm

Earlier this week, UND President Armacost and I presented the School’s budget request to the State Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The presentation went smoothly and there were no questions. We are requesting a needs-based budget in alignment with UND’s request for a 3% merit increase for faculty andRead More

From the Dean: Homecoming and an Inauguration!

From the Dean: Homecoming and an Inauguration!

October 8, 2020 at 11:59 pm

This has been a full and exciting week! It started on Monday with President Andy Armacost’s Inauguration Ceremony as the 13th UND president. The event was quite poignant and moving. Andy’s closing remarks were sensitive, thoughtful, inspiring and gracious. But even Andy and his wonderful remarks were upstaged by theRead More

From the Dean: UND’s virtual Homecoming starts next week

From the Dean: UND’s virtual Homecoming starts next week

October 1, 2020 at 9:11 am

This past Tuesday, the leadership team at the UND SMHS gave new UND President Armacost a 2.5 hour introduction to the wide variety of activities at the School. Over a dozen UND SMHS leaders gave presentations summarizing the programs and operations in each of their areas of responsibility. I gaveRead More

From the Dean: Mentors make the difference

From the Dean: Mentors make the difference

September 25, 2020 at 5:00 am

Not long ago I discussed the importance of mentoring for medical and health sciences students. We know from many surveys that mentors play a major role in helping students decide on career choices, like in what area of medicine to specialize. The importance of mentors was reinforced this past MondayRead More

From the Dean: Remembering Dr. David Gipp

From the Dean: Remembering Dr. David Gipp

September 17, 2020 at 11:58 pm

This past Monday, the UND SMHS Advisory Council reported back to the Interim Higher Education Committee of the North Dakota Legislature, as is customary prior to each legislative assembly session and as required by law. As you might already know, the next session begins Jan. 5, 2021. I testified (virtually),Read More

From the Dean: Dr. Deborah Birx visits Fargo

From the Dean: Dr. Deborah Birx visits Fargo

September 4, 2020 at 12:10 am

Earlier this week, the building we own and operate in Minot that houses our Center for Family Medicine and our Minot-based family medicine residency suffered a major setback when a water main in the building burst unexpectedly and flooded the basement, causing substantial damage and necessitating the closure of theRead More

From the Dean: Our four likely COVID-19 outcomes

From the Dean: Our four likely COVID-19 outcomes

August 27, 2020 at 11:00 pm

As UND faculty, my wife Dr. Susan Farkas and I had the opportunity to undergo COVID-19 testing before the start of classes this past Sunday during the screening event sponsored through NDSU and held in the Fargodome parking lot near our home in Fargo. We had pre-registered online and theRead More

From the Dean: A successful restart to the semester depends on us all

From the Dean: A successful restart to the semester depends on us all

August 21, 2020 at 6:00 am

The recent trend in North Dakota of new COVID-19 cases is troubling, especially given the upcoming start of the fall semester for most UND students – especially undergraduates – next week. The number of active cases in the state has increased rapidly and worryingly in the recent past. Given theRead 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: 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: “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