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

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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 and Admissions staff

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Staff and Admin 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 SAA@UND.edu and we will filter the message to the right people. SAA@UND.edu | 701.777.4221 James Porter | Associate Dean for Student Affairs & Admissions LOA […]

Medical Student and Growth Mindset

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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

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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 (https://www.cigna.com/about-us/newsroom/studies-and-reports/loneliness-questionnaire) 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

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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 […]

Western Wellness Advocate Dr. Melissa Naslund

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Remember Melissa Naslund, Ph.D., NCC? Similar to Michelle Montgomery, Dr. Naslund is our western medical student advocate and is available to help third- and fourth-year students on the western side of the state focus on success and wellness in their rotations. She is already known as the motivational happy email sender. She has also helped […]

Academic Support: Resilience and grit

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,” says Angela Duckworth, a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania, the promoter and researcher on resilience and grit. With all that is happening in students’ lives these […]

Academic Support

Categories: Academic Support

There is one thing that we can be pretty sure about—medical students are intelligent. They did well at school (they most likely were even near the top of their class) and some of them will have relied on a good memory, but not always a great deal of study, to pass their exams. Unfortunately, medical school is not like […]