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Archive for
August, 2020

From the Dean: Our four likely COVID-19 outcomes

Categories: From the Dean

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 the entire process was slick, quick, […]

Donors provide stethoscopes to new med students through Adopt-A-Med-Student program

Categories: News

The UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS) Adopt-a-Med-Student Program celebrated its 10th year this week by providing 67 engraved stethoscopes to first-year medical students in the MD Class of 2024. “It’s awesome,” said first-year med student Ajdin Ekic of West Fargo, N.D., first generation immigrant and son of Bosnian parents. “This is the […]

UND Homecoming 2020: Virtual SMHS tour now available!

Categories: Events

Despite the ongoing pandemic, UND will host a handful of virtual events for Homecoming 2020. Events happening in conjunction with the School of Medicine & Health Sciences include the following, all on Friday, Oct. 9: Continuing Education Symposium: Virtual Care During COVID-19 (see flyer here) Via Zoom (link will be given to registrants when available) 8:30 […]

Leah Thompson to present Psychiatry Grand Rounds on urine drug testing Sept. 2

Categories: Education

Dr. Leah Thompson will present “Interpretation of Urine Drug Testing” from 12:10 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. This presentation will be held via Zoom/video conferencing. Dr. Thompson is a fourth-year resident in the Psychiatry Residency Training Program. Dr. Timothy McManamon, technical director of the General Laboratory at Sanford Health, will service […]

Kassie Lutz

Categories: Welcome

Kassie Lutz is the new administrative secretary for UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences Southwest Campus in Bismarck, N.D. She will work beside Jodi Rathjen, Deb West, and Susanna Warner in helping our future physicians succeed! Kassie grew up in Burlington, N.D., just North of Minot, and moved to Bismarck in 2008 to attend Bismarck State College (BSC). […]

Library Resources can help supplement your online instruction

Categories: Library

Are you scrambling to find alternatives to tools and pedagogies you have used in-person with your students? Are you in need of high-quality, intuitive online resources to use with your students? The SMHS Library Resources team is here to help! Take the example of an undergraduate anatomy class: previously, cadaver dissection was an important component […]

“Active lectures for online teaching” presentation Sept. 17

Categories: Education

In the spring, faculty had to quickly adapt courses to an online format. It can be difficult to use preferred face-to-face teaching strategies in Zoom, and many faculty find themselves stuck in a lecturing rut. But lectures can still thrive with the addition of Active Learning (AL)—even online! Learn how at the next Evidence-Based Teaching (EBT) […]

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

Categories: From the Dean

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 the plan to restart face-to-face instruction […]

Hillebrand elected to NCURA Board of Directors

Categories: News, Research

Diane Hillebrand, grants manager in the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences, has been elected to the position of At-Large Board Member of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA). “Over Diane’s nearly 20 years of membership, she has served as Chair of the Professional Development Committee, has Co-chaired a Presidential Task Force, and […]

Grace Karikari

Categories: Welcome

Dr. Grace Karikari is an assistant professor in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program within the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences. She holds a Ph.D. in public health with a focus on health behavior from the Indiana University – Bloomington School of Public Health. Dr. Karikari has a diversified teaching and research […]

From the Dean: Record-breaking year

Categories: From the Dean

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 June 30. The first marvelous achievement […]

Volunteer to help distribute Hawks masks to SMHS students Aug. 25-28

Categories: Events

The UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences is seeking volunteers to assist in COVID mask distribution to our SMHS students. We are facilitating the distribution of face coverings from outside the main entrance of the UND SMHS on the following dates/times: Tuesday, August 25:  7:45 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wednesday, August 26:  7:45 a.m. – […]

Wu named American Association of Immunologists “Careers in Immunology” Fellow

Categories: News

Professor Min Wu, Ph.D., along with his postdoctoral fellow in the UND Department of Biomedical Sciences, Ping Lin, Ph.D., has been named an American Association of Immunologists (AAI) “2020 AAI Careers in Immunology Fellow.” The pair are one of this year’s 25 international faculty/postdoc awardee teams to be given the AAI designation. The award brings with it […]

Mariah Laver Juanto presents Psychiatry Grand Rounds on de-escalation Aug. 19

Categories: Education

Mariah Laver Juanto, Ph.D., will present “Verbal De-escalation of Agitated Patients” from 12:10 to 1:10 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, for the latest UND Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science Grand Rounds event. This presentation will be held via Zoom/Video Conferencing. Dr. Laver Juanto is a psychologist at Sanford Health in Fargo N.D. Upon […]

“Zoom to the Water Cooler” with SMHS on Aug. 14

Categories: Events

Do you miss bumping into colleagues at Café 1905? Do you long for the days of coming up with helpful ideas for either the SMHS or UND with friends by interacting in spontaneous ways outside the Center for Rural Health suite or Simulation Center? Let’s try to capture at least some of that atmosphere again! […]