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Department of Physician Assistant Studies to present white coats to Class of 2024

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Thirty-two University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS) physician assistant (PA) students begin the clinical portion of their studies next week in an effort to earn their Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) degree. To celebrate this milestone, members of the Physician Assistant Class of 2024 will receive their white coats […]

Dr. Wynne to give ‘State of the School’ address at SMHS on Jan. 24

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Faculty Assembly has been set for 3 p.m. (central time) on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023. This will be hosted as a hybrid meeting. Room E101 of the SMHS (the Fee Auditorium) has been reserved for those who would like to attend in-person. Those who would like to attend virtually can do so at: https://und.zoom.us/j/94764049173. Dr. […]

SMHS hands out student and faculty awards at annual ‘Sophomore Awards’ ceremony

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Several UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences medical students and faculty received awards on Thursday, Jan. 12, at the School’s 2023 Sophomore Awards Ceremony. Academic, teaching, and service awards were awarded on behalf of the School and the North Dakota Medical Association, including: North Dakota Medical Association Awards Awarded to second-year students nominated by […]

UND releases its Seventh Biennial Report on Health Issues for the State of North Dakota

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As the North Dakota Legislative Assembly kicks off its 68th gathering, the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS) and its partners have been hard at work preparing the Seventh Biennial Report on Health Issues for the State of North Dakota (Report). This Report, required of the School per North Dakota Century Code, updates legislators […]

Salentiny named director of instructional design and technology

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Adrienne Salentiny, Ph.D., has been named director of instructional design and technology for the SMHS Office of Education Resources and named assistant professor in the Department of Population Health. Formerly the instructional designer in the Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (TLAS) unit of Education Resources, Salentiny will take on an expanded role in the new position. […]

Holiday issue of North Dakota Medicine available now

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The Holiday 2022 issue of North Dakota Medicine magazine is now available in both online and paper formats. This issue features stories on: Occupational Therapy grad LaDonna Bannach takes her team of OTs and PTs on the road Robert Grossman and his daughters on choosing a life in medicine The Michelle K. Bianco Medical School Scholarship UND […]

Chance encounter

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Drs. Michelle and Robert Bianco establish the Dr. Michelle K. Bianco Medical School Scholarship Endowment for UND medical students “We met in the old medical school building,” wrote Dr. Michelle Bianco of that fateful moment in 1995 when she first bumped into her future husband — in the space that is today UND’s Columbia Hall. […]

Disaster declaration

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As a volunteer with the mental health advocacy group Vibrant Emotional Health, Andrew McLean, M.D., M.P.H., chair of the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science, finds himself in his share of challenging environments. Whether he’s providing logistical support for local mental health agencies in the wake of a […]

Helping Indigenous elderly plan for the future

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A new advance care plan plays a role in sharing end-of-life wishes for Indigenous people It always is hard to think about the end of life. For Indigenous communities especially, such discussions are not always in line with culture and tradition. This mismatch can leave questions if an Elder, for example, is incapacitated or suffers […]

On the road again

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UND Department of Occupational Therapy graduate LaDonna Bannach takes her Fargo-based team of occupational and physical therapists on the road Time is money. And because time is money to the parents of children who need pediatric occupational or physical therapy services, says occupational therapist LaDonna Bannach, many rural clients were missing needed services due to […]

Building a better community

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Addressing Rural Wellness through the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Caring Foundation Rural communities are notorious in the healthcare sector for the catchphrase “older, sicker, and poorer.” And it’s often true: residents in these areas do face increased barriers to care and limited options for providers, generally creating poorer health outcomes. Social isolation […]

There she is…

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Second-year UND physical therapy student Sidni Kast takes her Miss North Dakota crown to the Miss America Scholarship Competition Sidni Kast knows how to answer a question. “Yeah, lots of practice,” smiled the second-year physical therapy (PT) student from a couch at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences. “Keeping answers in a timeframe […]

Learning to lead

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UND Master of Public Health alumnus Matthew Campion takes on a leadership role for a Critical Access Hospital in South Dakota Matt Campion didn’t plan on being a healthcare leader at a hospital in rural Miller, S.D. In fact, he didn’t contemplate going into healthcare leadership at all until late in his college career. Yet, […]

Phase 1 med students recognize three faculty for Outstanding Unit Instructor Awards

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In recognition of outstanding performance in the encouragement, enrichment, and education of tomorrow’s physicians, the medical student Class of 2025 has recognized three faculty for Outstanding Unit Instructor Awards in Unit VII of the 2022-23 academic year. The Class of 2025 (Phase 1) Unit VII awardees are the following individuals: Richard Clarens, Pharm.D., Clinical Instructor, SMHS […]