November 2019

Welcome: Alyssa Montgomery

Welcome: Alyssa Montgomery


Hello! My name is Alyssa Montgomery, and I am the Student Services/Admissions Officer. I can assist with applicant needs and questions, financial aid support, and any other question you may have. If I do not know the answer immediately, I will learn it or lead you to the person who does know. I am here to help, so don’t hesitate to stop into our office.

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Financial Aid: Spring disbursement

Financial Aid: Spring disbursement

Are you on track with your budget? Spring disbursement is coming up! If you have too much money left, it’s not too late to return a portion of your loans. On the other hand, if your finances are stretched thin, or if you’re concerned about upcoming expenses such as residency interviews or step-related expenses, contact the Office of Student Affairs & Admissions to review your options.

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Registration deadlines and dates to remember

Registration deadlines and dates to remember


Spring Registration will open for medical students on Tuesday, November 13, 2019. Please remember that you must clear any holds on your account before you can register, and include the Financial Obligation Agreement which must be completed each semester. Individualized enrollment notifications were emailed to your UND student email the week of Nov. 4. Contact Jenny Duffy (701.777.4234) in the Office of Student Affairs & Admissions with any questions.

Also, students in years one and two do NOT have class on the upcoming UND observed holidays. However, this fact does not apply to third- and fourth-year students.

• Veterans Day Holiday: Monday, Nov. 11

• Thanksgiving Holiday: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, Nov. 27-29

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Know your acronyms

Know your acronyms

The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) co-sponsor the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). The USMLE (or the step exams) consists of three “step” examinations which students must successfully pass as a criterion for graduation and medical licensure.

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Something for everyone

Something for everyone

Did you know the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences purchases long-term disability benefits for medical students? Long-term disability insurance provides protection for students should a disability occur. These benefits are through The Guardian. Provisions and eligibility information can be found online here. If you have questions on the policy, please contact Tass Wood, tass.wood@UND.edu in the SMHS Office of Administration & Finance.

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MSI: University perks and services

MSI: University perks and services

Remember: as a medical student at UND you can take advantage of an array of services and student perks provided by the University. UND Health & Wellness has much to offer! Emotional Wellness: The University Counseling Center (UCC) offers a range of counseling services, a free and confidential mental self-assessment, and outreach services. Medical Services: Students can make an appointment …

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MSII: Y2Q

MSII: Y2Q

Well, we completed Pre-Med Day and our Teddy Bear Clinic events. Thank you to everyone for all of your hard work and willingness to give back to the community. We will be talking about the lottery and making those choices this month. We are working with the lottery committee to help make the process go as smoothly as possible. Information …

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MSIII: VSAS tokens

MSIII: VSAS tokens

Just a heads up—we've been getting a lot of questions about VSAS tokens. Tokens will be distributed in January and will come from Summer Eggen from the Office of Student Affairs & Admissions. What is VSAS, you say? It is a service of the AAMC and it stands for the Visiting Student Application Services. It is a clearinghouse for students …

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MSIV: Residency interviews

MSIV: Residency interviews

Are you concerned that you may not have received enough residency interviews? There could be several reasons for this, but you should talk to your campus dean or to Dr. Dorscher to help you figure it out. It is possible that there are not a lot of interviews being issued in your field at this time, but they will be …

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The HOST Program

The HOST Program

What is the HOST program? HOST stands for Housing Our Students as they Travel. This program matches fourth-year medical students traveling across the U.S. for residency interviews with medical school alumni willing to provide lodging, transportation or general information regarding residency programs. The program has operated for more than eight years and in that time has made 21 successful lodging matches …

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