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From the Dean: Addressing mental health needs

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As I am sure you are aware, there is a burgeoning awareness of the importance of finding ways to better address the mental and behavioral health issues that are impacting too many of our friends, colleagues, neighbors, and others. Susan and I sadly have had personal experience with this, as the families of six of […]

From the Dean: Our LCME reaccreditation is official!

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We just received the long-awaited findings of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) regarding the accreditation of our medical education program that leads to the M.D. degree, and the news is wonderful! We have been granted continued full accreditation for an eight-year term (the maximum permitted under LCME rules) with the next full survey […]

From the Dean: Repatriation and the SMHS

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I hope that you have had a chance to see the video that was released earlier this week that I recorded with UND President Armacost. The video, along with a letter to the community from the President, addressed the current status of our repatriation efforts involving Native American ancestors and artifacts that will be returned […]

From the Dean: Java with Josh follow-up

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Earlier this week we again held a virtual get-together of the UND SMHS community in the latest iteration of our bi-monthly Java with Josh meetings. You can see a recording of the event here. In the past we held these conversations in-person in the Grand Forks building, but when the COVID pandemic hit almost three […]

From the Dean: Budget requests, LCME news, and the ND Board of Medicine

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As I mentioned last week, this past Monday I met with Director Joe Morrissette and his staff in the state Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as a prelude to the upcoming legislative session. Following budget presentations and discussions by the North Dakota University System (NDUS) and then UND, I presented on behalf of the […]

From the Dean: Budget updates, a flurry of events, and remembering Garl Rieke

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We’re still celebrating UND Homecoming 2022, which saw the recognition of 10 years of our School’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program. As I said to our alumni, students, faculty, and staff at the SMHS Homecoming banquet last Friday, our MPH program has grown by leaps and bounds over the past decade, and, in retrospect, […]

From the Dean: Homecoming is here!

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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 […]

From the Dean: On masking, jogging, and our new pediatric residency program

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As you may remember from prior columns, a few years ago I was asked by Gov. Doug Burgum to head up a working group charged with developing a Strategic Plan for Health for the state of North Dakota, with the goal of making North Dakotans the healthiest people in the country. As Chief Health Strategist […]

From the Dean: Legislatures, curricula, strategic plans

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Two noteworthy events directly related to the UND SMHS took place yesterday. The first was a curriculum retreat to review the medical student curriculum and assess how optimally it is preparing the future doctors we are educating. This year’s meeting was especially important since we are in the midst of full implementation of the major […]

From the Dean: Heavy hearts

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The UND SMHS family shared in lamenting the unsettling news that some 250 boxes containing the remains of Indigenous ancestors and other sacred objects have been located on the UND campus in Grand Forks. President Armacost spoke about the news on Wednesday and was sincere in his apologies on behalf of the entire UND community. […]

From the Dean: Gratitude

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There were three noteworthy events this week that shared a common theme – that of gratitude. UND President Armacost has been highlighting this virtue recently, and I certainly concur. The three events followed each other on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday earlier this week. The first event was the “State of the UND Alumni Association & […]

From the Dean: Taking inflation seriously

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This past Tuesday we held one of the periodic conversations I have with the SMHS family that we call Java with Josh. This time we again had a terrific turnout, with nearly 80 faculty and staff participating on the virtual videoconference call. Pre-pandemic, we used to hold the discussions in the Grand Forks building and […]

From the Dean: What Bill Russell can teach us about healthcare

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One of my long-time heroes died last week at the age of 88. Bill Russell, the renowned defensive superstar center of the Boston Celtics basketball team from 1956 through 1969, passed away peacefully with his wife at his side (according to news reports). I became enthralled with the Russell persona as a young basketball fanatic […]