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Kindred Spirits

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UND’s Indians Into Medicine program gets a boost from a ‘semi-retired’ supporter “Our INMED program is, historically, the outstanding program in the country for training Native American physicians,” says Dr. Charlie Christianson. “So, I said ‘why not?’” Christianson is referring to the Dr. Charles Christianson INMED Scholarship for Primary Care, a recent scholarship endowment he […]

Reprogramming breast cancer

Categories: News, Research

UND Department of Biomedical Sciences researcher Motoki Takaku tackles the reverse engineering of cancer Given his calm voice and reserved demeanor, one might get the impression that the science he was describing was really no big deal. “We realized that in terminally differentiated cells, you can turn them back to the original embryonic stem cells,” […]

Victoria Haynes named SMHS Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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The UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS) has named Victoria Haynes, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C, the School’s new Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) following the relocation of Don Warne, the prior associate dean, to Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Haynes assumed her new role earlier this month. “I believe in the […]

2024 SMHS calendar available online

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The SMHS Information Resources team has produced a 2024 calendar for your professional or personal use! Find the downloadable and printable calendar in 8×10- or 11×17-inch sizes at the Information Resources website. And don’t forget: the Information Resources website has a wealth of helpful links, tutorials, and downloadable items for your use, from logos and […]

David Wilson named AVP for Health Research and Chair of UND’s Department of Indigenous Health

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UND and the School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS) have named David R. Wilson, Ph.D., as the inaugural Associate Vice President for Health Research and Chair of the School’s world-first Department of Indigenous Health. Dr. Wilson will assume the new roles effective Jan. 1, 2024. “It is an absolute honor to be selected to […]

NRCNAA survey suggests urban Native Elder health needs not being met

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Native Elders living in urban locations have needs that are not being met. This finding is significant because over 70% of Elders live in urban areas, not on reservations. This conclusion is a result of the first ever Native Urban Elder Needs Assessment Survey (NUENAS 1.0), which was administered nationally through the National Resource Center […]

New ‘Dakota Health’ podcast episodes available

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The UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences health and medicine podcast, Dakota Health, released its sixth episode this week: a conversation with Dr. Melanie Nadeau, interim chair of the School’s world-first Department of Indigenous Health. Previous episodes include conversations with Department of Occupational Therapy instructor Rhonda Roed, Director of the UND Indians Into Medicine […]

SMHS annual report Vital Signs 2023 now available

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The 2023 version of the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences annual report Vital Signs is available now. Highlights of this year’s report include: More than $3 million in philanthropic activity for the School over the past fiscal year. A 100% Step 1 pass rate for first-time medical students taking the exam between June […]

Phase 1 medical students recognize three faculty for Outstanding Unit Instructor Awards for Unit VII

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In recognition of outstanding performance in the encouragement, enrichment, and education of tomorrow’s physicians, the medical student Class of 2026 has recognized three faculty for Outstanding Unit Instructor Awards in Unit VII for the 2023-24 academic year. The Class of 2026 (Phase 1) Unit VII awardees are the following individuals: Richard Clarens, Pharm.D., Clinical Faculty, […]

Center for Rural Health celebrates National Rural Health Day

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Thursday of this week – Nov. 16 – was National Rural Health Day! The State Offices of Rural Health and the National Rural Health Association have designated the third Thursday in November as a day to highlight rural communities as wonderful places to live and work, increase awareness of rural health-related issues, and promote the […]

Phase 1 medical students recognize three faculty for Outstanding Unit Instructor Awards for Unit II

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In recognition of outstanding performance in the encouragement, enrichment, and education of tomorrow’s physicians, the medical student Class of 2027 has recognized three faculty for Outstanding Unit Instructor Awards in Unit II for the 2023-24 academic year. The Class of 2027 (Phase 1) Unit II awardees are the following individuals: Donald Sens, Ph.D., Professor, UND […]

Medical students present at National Association of Medical Examiners annual meeting

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Congratulations to the two SMHS medical students from the Class of 2026, and one medical student from the Class of 2025, who gave poster presentations at the 57th Annual Meeting of the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) in San Jose, Calif., in October. Kajsa Anderson, Class of 2026 (Antelope, Mont.), presented “Having a Blast […]

David Schmitz receives 2023 Moskol Award by 3RNET

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David Schmitz, M.D., professor and chair of the SMHS Department of Family & Community Medicine, has received the 2023 Moskol Award from 3RNET, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that connects health professionals with organizations in rural and underserved communities seeking providers. “One of my jobs when I came here,” said Schmitz, “was to engage communities in […]

UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences designated as an AMA Innovation Site

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The UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS) has been designated by the American Medical Association (AMA) as an Innovation Site for its project entitled “Badging for Competency-Based Medical Education while Promoting Transition and Equity and Diversity.” The work grows out of the School’s membership in the AMA’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education (ChangeMedEd) […]

Medical Student Council to host Movember campaign for men’s health throughout November

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In an effort to raise awareness for men’s health, including but not limited to mental health, prostate and testicular cancer, and suicide, the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences Medical Student Council is hosting a No-Shave November, or Movember, campaign this month. Anyone looking to donate to the campaign for men’s health, and thus […]