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From the Dean: The busiest time of the year

As the spring semester at UND winds down over the next few weeks, there are a variety of exciting events on tap that have relevance for the SMHS community. Actually, the first event was yesterday – the 43rd Frank Low Research Day. In this annual event, students, faculty, and staff showcase their research activities and come together to discuss science. The keynote address was given by David R. Carr, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of dermatology at The Ohio State University Medical Center. His interesting and engaging presentation was titled “Mentorship and Collaboration: The Power of Partnerships in Squamous Cell Carcinoma.”

Other upcoming events include:

  • The ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, April 15, for the opening of the long-awaited new Trinity Health Hospital facility in Minot. I plan to be on hand for the festivities.
  • Later that afternoon, there will be an Out of Darkness walk in Grand Forks to highlight activities regarding suicide prevention on campus.
  • The recognition of graduating Indians Into Medicine (INMED) medical students along with celebration of the 50 years – 50 years! – of our very successful and revered INMED program, which will take place on Thursday, April 20, 2023.
  • Likewise, on April 20 and 21, the Indigenous Trauma & Resilience Research Center (ITRRC), based at UND as one of our Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (CoBRE) projects, will host its second annual symposium.
  • Finally, graduation ceremonies for our senior students, with medical student commencement taking place at the Chester Fritz Auditorium on May 6 and UND Spring Commencement at Alerus Center on May 13.

An exciting series of events for sure! I hope to see you at one or more of them.

Joshua Wynne, MD, MBA, MPH
Vice President for Health Affairs, UND
Dean, UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences