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

Archive for
June, 2023

Using data to care for Native Elders

Categories: News

The Navajo Nation is hoping a needs assessment survey can help shape real change for Native Elders Often driving on dirt roads, meal delivery drivers provide a much needed lifeline for the elderly population of the Navajo Nation. In rural locations where phone lines are rare and Internet connections are rarer, when an elderly individual […]

Helping those who help others

Categories: News

The North Dakota Qualified Service Provider Hub assists rural caregivers Rural communities are idyllic places to live for many. The remote and quiet qualities of such places become conductors for relaxation and tranquility. The strong bonds formed with neighbors and friends likewise root families to the area. But as residents age, the characteristics that may […]

Cassandra Cunningham

Categories: Welcome

Cassandra Cunningham is the Administrative Assistant – Faculty and Conference Coordinator for the Department of Surgery at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences. In this role, Cassandra manages the setting-up of all conferences for surgery residents and arranges CME credit for surgery conferences. She also handles faculty appointments and promotions for the Department. […]

Brand Corner: New SMHS Logos are in!

Categories: News

After a long audit process by UND, the university’s Marketing & Creative Services team (in conjunction with the Office of Alumni & Community Relations and Information Resources teams) has produced new logos for each of the departments/units at the School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS). New departmental logos do a better job of keeping […]

TLAS requests faculty development feedback by July 17

Categories: Education

As we look forward to our next academic year and beyond, the SMHS Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (TLAS) team is conducting its biennial faculty development needs assessment. The results of the assessment will drive the content and logistics of faculty development programming for the 2023-24 and 2024-25 academic years. Please complete the 2023 Faculty Development Needs Assessment by […]

SMHS announces Sarah Nielsen as Chair of UND Department of Occupational Therapy

Categories: News

The UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS) is pleased to announce that Sarah Nielsen, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, associate professor of occupational therapy, will be the School’s new Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy (OT). Nielsen replaces retiring chair Janet Jedlicka, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, who has held the position since 2006. A graduate […]

TLAS to Offer Training on Mentimeter Polling Software on June 27

Categories: Education

Teaching, Learning, and Development (TLAS) invites undergraduate medical education (UME) program faculty and staff to attend a training session on Mentimeter polling software. The session will take place on Tuesday, June 27, 2023, from noon to 1 p.m. CST. Join via Zoom (; this session will be recorded for later viewing. For the past three […]

From the Dean: A new chair for our Department of Occupational Therapy

Categories: From the Dean

In last week’s column I highlighted the contributions of Dr. Janet Jedlicka, chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy, who will be retiring at the end of this month after 17 productive years as chair of the department. This week I am pleased to announce that recently promoted Professor of Occupational Therapy Dr. Sarah Nielsen […]

Retirement reception for three Department of Physical Therapy faculty on June 20

Categories: Events, News

The Department of Physical Therapy is proud to announce a heartfelt and joyous retirement reception in honor of three remarkable faculty members who have shaped countless students throughout their careers: Drs. Meridee Danks, Schawnn Decker, and Mark Romanick. The retirement reception will take place on June 20 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the […]

SMHS content now on the My UND app

Categories: News

You probably already know that the University of North Dakota recently launched an official mobile app: the My UND app. The My UND app offers content to current students and guests and can be downloaded for on-the-go access to the UND online resources you use most. Now, specific School of Medicine & Health Sciences content […]

First nations, first graduates

Categories: News

The first graduates of the world’s first doctoral program in Indigenous Health walk across the stage at UND “I have a dream of testifying before Congress,” smiles Cole Allick from his Washington State University office in Seattle. “I know it’s probably not a high priority for a lot of other people, but I want to […]

A breath of fresh air

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Respiratory virus researcher Masfique Mehedi tackles RSV, COVID, and influenza at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences As with many papers in the sciences, a series of seemingly benign phrases belied a more significant result: “We confirmed RSV infects primarily ciliated cells by detecting RSV [nucleoprotein] mRNA in the infected ciliated but not […]

A rising tide lifts all boats

Categories: News

School of Medicine & Health Sciences expands its “Adopt” campaign to cover more health professions Most of us are familiar with the term “adopt” in the legal context as it revolves around the notion of parenthood. At the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences, though, the term’s additional meanings – embrace and assume, establish […]