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For Your Health

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

Articles by
Brian Schill

From the Dean: Homecoming is here!

Categories: From the Dean

This week has been especially busy across campus with Homecoming 2022 activities. The UND Alumni Association and Foundation (UND AAF) typically holds its fall board meeting during Homecoming week, and this year is no exception. The Board (of which I am an ex officio member) met yesterday and is meeting again today. The board meeting […]

LGBTQ+ healthcare symposium to be held at UND on Oct. 17

Categories: Events

A half-day symposium on healthcare for members of the LGBTQ+ community is just around the corner. “Sexual & Gender Diverse Communities: Best practices for healthcare and social service providers and staff” will be held from 12:30 to 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17, in the UND Memorial Union Ballroom. The event’s keynote speaker, Christina McGee, […]

Seventh annual Host-Pathogen Symposium to be held at Gorecki Alumni Center Oct. 3-4

Categories: News, Research

The Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) for Host-Pathogen Interactions (HPI) at the University of North Dakota (UND) will hold its seventh annual Host-Pathogen Symposium at the Gorecki Alumni Center on the UND campus Oct. 3-4. The multidisciplinary HPI research team explores how disease-causing microbes or viruses survive and thrive within “host” organisms on a molecular, […]

SIM-ND nominated for Gov. Burgum’s Roaming Bison Award

Categories: News

The Simulation Center’s Simulation in Motion – North Dakota (SIM-ND) team at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences was recently nominated for the Roaming Bison Award, part of North Dakota Gov. Burgum’s Awards for Excellence in Public Service. As the Governor wrote in his letter to the SIM-ND group, “First Lady Kathryn, Lt. […]

Health Equity Committee hosts second annual homeless shelter donation drive

Categories: News

The Health Equity Committee, led by UND medical students and residents, invites you to donate to its second annual Fall Homeless Shelter Donation Drive, Oct. 1 to 31. The drive will support Northlands Rescue Mission in Grand Forks and Heart River Bridges of Hope in Fargo. Needed items include: personal hygiene products, common over-the-counter medications, […]

TLAS offers multi-institutional faculty development in 2022-23

Categories: Education

Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (TLAS) is pleased to offer the following virtual faculty development opportunities in 2022-23. Through this programming, you’ll benefit from the expertise of speakers from six medical schools across the region, learning about their best practices and most effective strategies. This program is funded by an Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) […]

Leah Thompson named North Dakota’s top clinical preceptor by UND medical students

Categories: News

Dr. Leah Thompson, psychiatrist at Southeast Human Service Center in Fargo, N.D., has been named the 2022 namesake preceptor for the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS) Preceptor Recognition Student Scholarship Program. The scholarship program, funded by a $100,000 endowment at the UND Alumni Association & Foundation, produces more than $3,000 annually for […]

Fall issue of North Dakota Medicine magazine available now!

Categories: News

The Fall 2022 issue of North Dakota Medicine magazine is now available in both online and paper formats. This issue features stories on: Truth and Reconciliation: The health consequences of attending Indigenous boarding schools Good things in small packages: A news scholarship endowment for athletic training students Social Determinants: A new SMHS elective on the social determinants […]

Henneman, McHugo, Schindler complete leadership training

Categories: News

Three UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences faculty recently completed programs that will enhance their leadership at the School. Jeanie McHugo, Ph.D., PA-C, chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, recently completed the process to become a Certified Master of The Leadership Challenge (TLC) via iLead Consulting. Per the information on the TLC […]

INBRE Undergraduate Research Symposium at SMHS Oct. 8

Categories: Research

The Annual North Dakota IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences on Oct. 8. The event will be begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 7 p.m. The focus of the symposium is on research conducted by undergraduate students from […]

Brandy Blegen

Categories: Welcome

Brandy Blegen is an assistant program manager for the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) in the Department of Geriatrics at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Brandy is responsible for organizing, executing, and maintaining projects for GWEP. While Brandy lived many of her younger years in Leeds, N.D., she eventually moved to Colorado, […]

Social Determinants

Categories: News

A new elective on cultural diversity helps train medical students for the patients many of us don’t see. New physician Dr. Eric Leveille (pronounced “Livia”) admits that he probably didn’t have the recently arrested in mind when, as a first-year medical student, he envisioned tending to patients in need. But there he was last spring, […]

Truth and reconciliation

Categories: News

UND researcher Ursula Running Bear sees her work on American Indian boarding schools and health cited in a major U.S. Department of the Interior report. Although its carcinogenic effects were known at least by the early-1960s, the chemical dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, or DDT, was not banned for agricultural use in the United States until 1972. Exactly when […]

Public health as public good

Categories: News, Public Health

The founders of UND’s Master of Public Health program reflect on its 10-year anniversary. “Our students are involved in everything that we do. Everything. And that’s been a priority for us since the beginning.” For Cristina Oancea, Ph.D., an associate professor in the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences Master of Public Health (MPH) […]

The spiritual side of healthcare

Categories: News

The need for and challenge of providing “spiritual” guidance in the health setting. Although the effects of spirituality in healthcare are often debated, the concept has historically been incorporated into healing by shamans and other health practitioners for centuries. More recently, research has delved into the subject, searching for definitive proof of the benefits, or […]