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Remembering Richard Vari

Categories: From the Dean

I begin this week’s column again on a sad note. Last week, Dr. Richard Vari passed away after a valiant but brief battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a terrible progressive neurodegenerative disease that also is called Lou Gehrig’s disease after the famous baseball player who also succumbed to it. Rick was one of the […]

From the Dean: Inflation, budgets, and benefits

Categories: From the Dean

As this academic and fiscal year winds down and the new one begins on July 1, we are finalizing our budget for the upcoming second year of the biennium. Per North Dakota University System (NDUS) requirements, we need to electronically submit our final budget package to the NDUS and embed it in their system soon. […]

From the Dean: Masks work, mask mandates don’t

Categories: From the Dean

This past Tuesday I had the pleasure of welcoming over 50 undergraduates to the SMHS for a summer research experience at UND. The goal of the program is to attract talented undergraduate students studying science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics (STEM) at a North Dakota college/university to a career in the biomedical sciences. The program provides […]

Virtual Java with Josh to be held on May 18

Categories: Events

All faculty, staff, and students are invited to join us virtually for the next Java with Josh on Wednesday, May 18, with their own coffee, tea, or juice! SMHS Dean Dr. Joshua Wynne will answer your questions about SMHS operations and events, pandemic protocol, and the upcoming academic year. Join us online at 9 a.m. […]

From the Dean: Commencement time!

Categories: From the Dean

Commencement 2022 is here at the UND SMHS! Tomorrow, 69 medical students officially will join the medical profession as they are awarded their MD degrees. Following a celebration brunch where outstanding students and faculty are recognized, we will reassemble in the Chester Fritz Auditorium for the afternoon Commencement. You can watch the ceremony, which starts at […]

From the Dean: Broadening our scope

Categories: From the Dean

As one of UND’s vice presidents, I had the pleasure to be part of the interview team that visited with the four outstanding final candidates who are under consideration for the deanship at the UND School of Law to follow Dean Mike McGinnis, who is stepping down in June. I enjoyed chatting with all of […]

From the Dean: Match Day results

Categories: From the Dean

As I mentioned in last week’s column, last Friday was Match Day for our graduating medical students. The vast majority of them matched in a residency that they will start after graduation, and in which they will learn their chosen specialty over the next three to five years. Most matched with their first choice or […]

From the Dean: Match Day!

Categories: From the Dean

Today is Match Day! At noon today (EDT), some 42,000 medical students across the U.S. and indeed the world – and especially our own UND SMHS senior medical students – will learn where they will be doing their residency training following graduation from medical school. Residency training is required for state licensure, and lasts from […]

From the Dean: Our award-winning students and faculty

Categories: From the Dean

This has been an exciting week of recognition for a number of high-performing students and faculty at the School. I’ve often said that it’s really the people that make schools and programs great, beyond “just” great facilities and support services like information technology, dining services, human resources, and maintenance services. Well, we have outstanding faculty, […]

From the Dean: The prudent thing to do

Categories: From the Dean

Last week I discussed the changing landscape around the globe due to the omicron variant. Unfortunately, this week I need to update that overview with comments about the burgeoning impact of omicron locally across North Dakota. We have seen a rapid increase in cases statewide, with increasing numbers of new cases over the past week. […]

Choi named Associate Dean for Administration and Finance at School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Categories: News

Academic medicine veteran Namil Choi, MBA, CPA, has been named Associate Dean for Administration and Finance and Chief Operating Officer (COO) at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS). Originally from South Korea, Choi is joining the SMHS from the prestigious University of Chicago’s Biological Sciences Division (BSD), where he has served as […]