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

From the Dean: Homecoming 2023 is here!

Although the weather has at times been a little iffy this week, UND Homecoming 2023 has been a rousing success – with more to come later today and tomorrow. The SMHS has two big Homecoming events today – a continuing medical education symposium this morning, titled  “Interprofessional Approaches to Wellness,” and our annual Homecoming Banquet this evening, focusing on 30 years of our School housing UND’s athletic training (AT) program. Ours was the first AT program in the country to report to a medical college dean, and we have almost 100 guests confirmed for tonight, so it promises to be a fun event! Other events on the calendar for today include the ribbon-cutting ceremony for UND’s Wilkerson Quad, with the unveiling of the new Landing Zone and the re-opening of Brannon, McVey, and West residence halls.

Of special interest this afternoon is the event in the Memorial Union hosted jointly by UND and the UND Alumni Association and Foundation (UNDAAF) called Forever Starts Here: A Celebration for the Future. It promises to be a very exciting glimpse at what lies ahead for the University and the Foundation as they work together…forever!

Also sharing the spotlight this week is the fall meeting of the UNDAAF Board of Directors that meets in the Gorecki Alumni Center. Many of us celebrated together last night and honored the latest awardees at the 2023 Alumni Awards Banquet. This year’s awardees include Dr. Robert Boyd, Monica Musich, Arlen Nordhagen, Don Schmid, and Marilyn Vetter. Also lauded were Josh Brandsted and Sally Miskavige, this year’s recipients of the 2023 Young Alumni Achievement Award.

In addition, the North Dakota Medical Association hosted its annual meeting in Grand Forks yesterday and today. By the time you have read this, I’ve likely completed my meeting with the assembled members as I discuss what’s happening at the SMHS. Called “Breakfast with the Dean,” the morning meeting is a wonderful opportunity to meet with physicians from across the state. It’s vitally important that a school such as ours stays in touch with health practitioners from across the state, since we rely on them to help educate our students when the students are out on clinical placements across the state. We greatly appreciate their teaching efforts. As I’m fond of saying when extending thanks to them for their educational contributions, “we couldn’t do it without you!”

Homecoming 2023 wraps up tomorrow. Activities start bright and early with the annual Homecoming Parade down University Avenue at 9 a.m., followed by an afternoon football game and an evening hockey game.

Go Hawks!

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