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News from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Archive for
May, 2019

From the Dean

Categories: From the Dean

You may have heard the news that I’ve been selected as interim president of UND following Mark Kennedy, who is leaving for the presidency of the University of Colorado System, effective June 15, 2019. I wasn’t seeking this position and agreed to accept the nomination only after fielding dozens of encouraging and supportive calls from […]

MPH Program grad Alison Traynor given “40 Under 40” designation by de Beaumont Foundation

Categories: News

Alison Traynor, Suicide Prevention Program Director for the North Dakota Department of Health and UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMSH) graduate, was recently named to the de Beaumont Foundation’s “40 under 40 in public health” list for 2019. Alison is a 2018 graduate of the SMHS Master of Public Health (MPH) Program. The […]

Cory Stejskal

Categories: Welcome

Cory Stejskal is the systems administrator for the SMHS Information Resources department. In this position, Cory manages over 100 servers all critical to operations at the UND SMHS, ranging from central file storage for the whole School to servers that handle student applications. This position is also responsible for managing the entire infrastructure related to […]

Mallory Koshiol to give Surgery Grand Rounds on May 31

Categories: Education, Events

Mallory Koshiol, MPH, director of quality at Sanford Health, will present a talk entitled “Quality 2018 Year in Review, Surgery Resident Grand Rounds, Sanford Fargo Region” at Sanford Health – Broadway in Fargo, N.D., from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Friday, May 31. All are welcome to attend.* This Surgery Grand Rounds Conference, sponsored […]

Biomedical Sciences to host seminar by Tulane’s Dr. Jay Kolls on June 12

Categories: Events, Research

On June 12, the SMHS Department of Biomedical Sciences will host a seminar by visiting lecturer Jay Kolls, MD, the John W. Deming Endowed Chair in Internal Medicine at Tulane University. Dr. Kolls’s talk, entitled “Type 17 Immunity at Mucosal Surfaces,” will be held in SMHS Room E101 (Charles H. Fee, MD, Auditorium) from noon to 1 […]

From the Dean

Categories: From the Dean

Congratulations to our colleagues in UND’s John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences for capturing the 2019 National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) Championship this past weekend at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. This was the 17th time UND won this competition, starting around 1970 when John Odegard himself took the first UND flying team […]

UND to host cancer research symposium for DaCCoTA group June 8

Categories: Research

The University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS) is proud to present the first annual DaCCoTA Symposium, to be held at the SMHS (1301 N. Columbia Rd., Grand Forks, N.D.) from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2019. In 2018, UND was awarded a $20.3 million clinical and translational research […]

Library Resources information desk summer hours

Categories: Library

Beginning Friday, May 24, the Library Resources information desk summer hours will be: Monday to Friday:  8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday/Sunday:  closed On Memorial Day (Monday, May 27), the Library Resources information desk will be closed. For more information or to ask a question, contact the SMHS Library Resources team at 701.777.3993 or

Attention Researchers: UND’s license to access RefWorks will expire June 30

Categories: Library, Research

Because of low use, high costs, and the availability of free products, the University’s subscription to RefWorks, a reference and citation management software, will be discontinued. This decision was made by a team of representatives from UND Libraries and the Teaching Transformation and Development Academy (TTaDA). If you have become a fan of RefWorks, try RefWorks […]

From the Dean

Categories: From the Dean

Graduation weekend last week was a blast! I, along with fellow faculty, staff, and students, had a full dance card of activities Friday through Sunday as UND graduated over 1,900 students, including over 300 from the SMHS. There were department-specific activities like hooding ceremonies for graduating physician assistant and physical therapy students, an open house […]

SMHS curriculum retreat on May 31 to focus on implementation of new medical curriculum

Categories: Education, Events

In January of this year, SMHS Dean Wynne charged the faculty, through the various standing committees in the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences, to consider significant changes to the medical school curriculum. The Medical Curriculum Committee (MCC) therefore created nine curriculum redesign groups comprising volunteer faculty and staff, members of the MCC and […]

Shane Knutson

Categories: Welcome

Shane Knutson is a the new research specialist at the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences in Grand Forks. In this role, Shane coordinates and facilitates data collection, prepares written reports of data findings, collaborates with statewide partners, and disseminates information to rural health stakeholders. Originally from […]

Retirement Reception for Jean Altepeter June 5

Categories: Events

Please join us for a retirement reception in honor of Jean Altepeter, Associate Director of Human Resources in the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences. The reception honoring Jean’s nearly 37 years of service will be held from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, in the SMHS West Atrium. Please […]

UND SMHS recognizes end-of-year sophomore award winners

Categories: News

Several second-year medical students received sophomore awards on Wednesday, May 15 when the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences hosted its 2019 Sophomore Awards luncheon in the School’s Charles H. Fee, MD, Auditorium. Academic, teaching, and service awards were presented on behalf of the School and the North Dakota Medical Association, including the Group Leadership […]

UND SMHS recognizes end-of-year faculty and student award winners

Categories: News

The UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS) presented a number of awards to its graduating medical students and the School’s faculty and other community volunteers during its commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 12, including the Dean’s Special Recognition Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Faculty. Of the roughly 1,700 physicians in North Dakota, more than […]