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Minnesota chapter of SHM sponsoring POCUS workshop in Minneapolis Oct. 12-13

Categories: Academic Support

The Minnesota chapter of the Society for Hospital Medicine (SHM) invites you to join a hands-on point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) workshop, to be held at the HealthPartners Conference Center (8170 33rd Ave. S., Bloomington, Minn., 55425) on October 12-13, 2024. This two-day course offers skill-building, teaching, applications, and techniques all related to POCUS. This course offers […]

Things every medical student needs to know by Val Becker

Categories: Academic Support

Having a well-planned schedule is essential. During college, many medical students can get away with cramming before a big exam or simply skimming through a weekly reading assignment. Cutting corners like this just will not work in medical school. Being a medical student requires you to absorb a substantial amount of material in a very […]

Mental Health Resources

Categories: Academic Support, Odds & Ends

If you are struggling for any reason, please reach out for assistance. We are here to help you! Please also keep in mind these resources that are available to you: University Counseling Center 701-777-2127 UND Care Team 701-777-2664 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. M-F) 701-777-3491 (evenings and weekends) University Police 701-777-3491 (24h) UND Confidential Advocate […]

Biochemistry and the medical student

Categories: Academic Support

by Val Becker Advancement of medicine and that of biochemistry are inseparable, and much of modern medicine would not be practiced in the ways they are today without an understanding of how genetic, pathogenic, and environmental factors affect the human body at the biochemical level. Thus, the importance of medical students learning biochemistry is invaluable. […]

COVID-19 and Medical Education: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Categories: Academic Support

COVID-19 has triggered the use of some new methods of learning in medical education. The lessons learned throughout this process have reminded us of the importance of resilience and adaptability in unprecedented times. The Good Online and asynchronous learning meant that students were able to attend Zoom sessions, which eliminated them from travel to and […]

SMHS Office of Student Affairs & Admissions staff

Categories: Academic Support

Listed below are the staff and administration in the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences Office of Student Affairs & Admissions. Feel free to contact us with questions or concerns! Please send all requests to and we will filter the message to the right people. | 701.777.4221 James Porter | Associate Dean for […]

Medical Student and Growth Mindset

Categories: Academic Support

Medical school is often described as drinking from a fire hose. Between the volume and speed at which material is presented, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, especially at the beginning of your medical school journey. But since the beginning is past and now you’re in the middle of your medical journey, it’s important to reflect on […]

Self-care by Michelle Montgomery

Categories: Academic Support

Mental health IS health. Humans are wired for Connection. When we are deprived of live human interaction, we suffer. Loneliness can affect anyone, at any point in life. A 2018 survey by Cigna ( found that loneliness is a growing health problem, and was so even before the pandemic. The survey results showed: Nearly 50% […]

Resilience by Val Becker

Categories: Academic Support

In recent years, “resilience” and its companion concept “grit” have become buzzwords in higher education. Resilience “is not the exception to the rule, it is the rule,” said Angela Duckworth, a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and researcher on resilience and grit. With all that is happening in the world, post-traumatic stress […]