For those of you who couldn’t attend last Friday’s events at the new building, they truly were memorable. We started the day with a terrific Continuing Education Symposium on a “Multidisciplinary Approach to Sports Medicine” that was organized by Steve Westereng, chair of the Department of Sports Medicine. It featured a clinical, case-based approach. The ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the new building followed in the afternoon, and it was a truly awesome and memorable event. We had a standing-room only crowd of around 350 people present, and almost 400 signed up for the gala celebration later that evening. Our special guests at the ribbon-cutting ceremony had wonderful (and often humorous) comments about the entire decade-long process that culminated in our magnificent and functional new facility; they included Governor Jack Dalrymple; North Dakota State Board of Higher Education member Dr. Kevin Melicher; North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott; UND President Mark Kennedy; North Dakota Senators Judy Lee, Robert Erbele, and Ray Holmberg; and SMHS Advisory Council Chair Dave Molmen, CEO of Altru Health System. And our special guest speaker at the evening Gala Celebration was Dr. Darrell Kirch, president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges, who presented a thoughtful address about the “Power of Community” that was especially appropriate in this time of national political discord. The video of the Gala is available here. Dr. Kirch explored the notion that local communities—of learners, donors, and people who care—might be one way to move things forward in this time of dysfunction and rancor at the national level. The talk was well-received, and I am sure that Darrell was impressed by what he saw and heard.
So a huge “thank you” to all who helped make the building happen, and who worked so hard on the wonderful and memorable series of events last Friday. Overseeing the entire process of planning, building, and transitioning into the new facility was our Building Committee, including Chair Randy Eken, Judy Solberg, and Drs. Jon Allen, Joy Dorscher, Malak Kotb, Jonathan Geiger, Colin Combs, Gwen W. Halaas, Steven Light, and Tom Mohr. We had consistent and ongoing support from the North Dakota University System, the State Board of Higher Education, and UND administration, especially Vice President for Finance and Administration Alice Brekke. Approval and funding for the building came from the North Dakota Legislature, and I would single out State Senators Ray Holmberg, Judy Lee, Tim Mathern, and Robert Erbele; and Representatives Lois Delmore, Jon Nelson, and Mark Sanford for special thanks. And the building literally would not be here were it not for the efforts of our architects and construction manager and contractors, especially Jim Galloway, Whitney Martin, Michael Headrick, Robert Novak, Brenda Norris, Brad Hendrickson, Bob Lavey, and Mike Schafer. Our School of Medicine and Health Sciences Advisory Council came together with the School to formulate and endorse the Healthcare Workforce Initiative that culminated in the building, led by Chair Dave Molmen. Many thanks go as well to Professor Art Jones, the chair of the UND Department of Art and Design, and his colleagues for lending us the wonderful works of art that adorn our building.
An important relationship that I’d like to highlight is the public-private partnership that is evident throughout the building. There are some three dozen named spaces in the building, where we recognize private donors to the UND Alumni Association and Foundation for the benefit of the School. They are listed in the Grand Opening Ceremony booklet. Why are private donations so important? To improve the student experience, largely through scholarship support to lower student debt. Even though our costs are among the lowest in the region and nation, our medical students in particular used to have above-normal educational debt. But through the generosity of our donors, we have been able to reduce their cumulative debt from well above to well below the national average. At the Gala dinner celebration, I acknowledged four donors in particular for their extraordinary gifts to our students. First was Dr. Marlys Schuh, who is a surgical oncologist and whose generous donation supports medical student scholarships. The lobby on the first floor of the building is named for her. The second is in honor of the late Dr. Charles H. Fee, a revered family medicine physician. The auditorium is named for him, and the supporting donation came from Dr. Fee’s daughter Carlen Goehring and her husband Charles. The next gift came from a long-standing member of the UND family and former Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions Judy DeMers. That office is now named for her in honor of her generous donation in support of medical student scholarships. And the last donation I noted was from Dr. David and Lola Monson, who endowed a chair currently held by Dr. Rick Van Eck. The Monsons’ extraordinarily generous gift supports student education, and their contribution will be remembered by the naming of one of our learning communities in their honor.
I also would like to acknowledge the extraordinary executive team that I am honored to work with each and every day, including Dr. Gwen W. Halaas, senior associate dean for Education; Randy Eken, associate dean for Administration and Finance; Dr. Marc Basson, associate dean for Medicine; Dr. Tom Mohr, associate dean for Health Sciences; Dr. Joy Dorscher, associate dean for Student Affairs and Admissions; Director of Alumni and Community Relations Jessica Sobolik; Dave Miedema, the senior development officer for the School; Chief of Staff Judy Solberg; Administrative Officer Lori Sannes; Jeanette Gratton, our administrative assistant; Terry Nelson, the associate director of Budget and Facilities Management; Jean Altepeter, associate director of Human Resources, and Susan Carlson, associate director of Records and Information Management. These wonderful, hardworking people, along with the rest of the SMHS family, help make coming to work every day a special pleasure for me. Thank you all!
Finally, I hope that those of you on the Northeast (Grand Forks) campus had a chance to stop by the Alerus Center yesterday for the 14th Annual American Indian Health Research Conference. The conference offers opportunities to discuss research directions, partnerships, and collaboration in health research focusing on American Indians. The keynote speaker was Dr. Michael J. Yellow Bird, professor of sociology and director of the Tribal Indigenous Studies program at North Dakota State University. He discussed mindfulness and neurodecolonization.
Also at the Alerus Center yesterday was the symposium sponsored by the North Dakota INBRE (IDeA [Institutional Development Award] Network of Biomedical Research Excellence), a large research program sponsored and funded by the National Institutes of Health and headed by Dr. Don Sens. INBREs are intended to promote the development, coordination, and sharing of research resources and expertise that will expand the research opportunities of investigators and potential investigators (that is, students). One of the primary goals of the North Dakota INBRE is to expose students to and establish a research culture in the state's primary undergraduate institutions. The highlight of the morning session included a keynote presentation by Dr. Dwight Bergles, professor of neuroscience and otolaryngology–head and neck surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He presented a fascinating discussion of how he and his team of investigators—undergraduate and graduate students—figured out how the cells in the hearing system talk to each other and carry information to the brain. The program concluded in the afternoon with a poster session highlighting the outstanding research of the undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows participating in the program. The ND INBRE is yet another example of the way that UND and the School are working to involve students in programs that are designed to stimulate interest in health-field careers. Well done!
Joshua Wynne, MD, MBA, MPH
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UND Primary Care Week 2016 is October 25–29
National Primary Care Week is an annual event to highlight the importance of primary care and bring healthcare professionals together to discuss and learn about generalist and interdisciplinary healthcare, particularly its effect on and importance to underserved populations.
The School has scheduled four days of events.
For more information on any of the events, please e-mail email@example.com.
Open Education Resources Summit 2016 is October 27
The North Dakota University System and University of North Dakota would like to invite you to attend the Open Education Resources (OER) Summit on Thursday, October 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Charles H. Fee, MD, Auditorium (E101) at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Grand Forks.
The North Dakota University System (NDUS) has invested funding for faculty to receive stipends for developing or using open education content, and OER has been established as a priority for UND by President Mark Kennedy and by Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Thomas DiLorenzo. OER materials are carefully vetted to be of high quality and adopted by at least one university program outside the school where they were created. Some of the benefits of OER and reasons for attending the summit are the following:
Education Resources will be on hand to help register that day and will be available later to discuss how you might use or create OER yourself. Registration is free, includes a boxed lunch, and you can come and go from the event as time and interest permits.
The OER Summit will provide you with the tools to start campus OER projects, access open education resources and services, and adopt open textbooks. The summit will begin with a welcome from UND Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Thomas DiLorenzo and NDUS Director of Distance Education Dr. Tanya Spilovoy, followed by keynote presenter Nicole Allen.
Nicole Allen is the director of Open Education for SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition). In this role, she leads SPARC’s work on the issue area of open education, with a dual focus on public policy and engaging the library community to advance this issue on campus. For her complete biography, please visit UND.edu/CILT/oer-summit.
The summit will also include
Lodging and Travel Information
A block of rooms has been set aside at the Canad Inns Destination Centre Grand Forks under the name OER Summit for the night of October 26, 2016.
Price: State Rate
Group code: 429640
For campuses wishing to apply for travel assistance, please contact Dr. Tanya Spilovoy or 701.328.4102.
The summit will be held in the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences Charles H. Fee, MD, Auditorium (E101), 1301 N. Columbia Road, Grand Forks, ND 58203. Campus Map
The OER Summit is sponsored by the Open Education Resources Committee, UND Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, North Dakota University System OER Initiative, UND Chester Fritz Library, UND Center for Instructional & Learning Technologies, and UND Office of Extended Learning.
Richard N. Van Eck
Faculty Workshop: Customize Your Curriculum With Library Resources is October 28 and November 4
Join the Health Sciences Library for a workshop on incorporating library resources into your course-level curriculum. In this two-part, hands-on workshop, Makoto Tsuchiya, assistant professor in the Department of Sports Medicine, will demonstrate a real-world example of how he has augmented and enhanced student learning with the “Custom Curriculum” feature in AccessMedicine and AccessPhysiotherapy. This feature allows faculty to create interactive learning modules and quizzes, using content (textbooks, videos, case files, etc.) already available through the institution’s subscription to the AccessMedicine and AccessPhysiotherapy databases. This feature has the added benefit of allowing instructors to decrease the number of textbooks that their students are required to purchase for their courses, thereby utilizing institutional subscriptions to lower our students’ educational costs.
Where: E226, New School of Medicine and Health Sciences building
When: This is a 2-part workshop.
Part 1: October 28 from noon to 1 p.m.
Topic: Introduction to Custom Curriculum. What is it? How does it work? Note: participants will be asked to build a small lesson in Custom Curriculum before the next session.
Part 2: November 4 from noon to 1 p.m.
Topic: Participants will share their lessons with each other. Further group discussion on best practices and other possibilities with Custom Curriculum.
Space is limited. Please RSVP to http://bit.ly/2dOOCCs.
S. Jay Olshansky, PhD, presents next Dean's Hour on November 10
S. Jay Olshansky, PhD, professor, School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Illinois at Chicago, is the next Dean's Hour speaker at noon on Thursday, November 10, in the Charles H. Fee, MD, Auditorium (E101), at the SMHS in Grand Forks. The title of his presentation is “The Future of Human Aging and Longevity.”
Lunch will be provided on the Grand Forks Campus. If you plan to attend on the Grand Forks Campus, please let us know by responding at the following link: https://und.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5jXqAhK84SOVQS9
This presentation will be broadcast to the following UND SMHS campus sites:
Also available at your desktop at the following link: http://Bit.ly/deans-hour.
For additional information, contact the Office of the Dean at (701) 777-2514.
Save the date! UND Host-Pathogen Interactions COBRE Symposium is November 16
UND faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend the Host-Pathogen Interactions Symposium to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16, at the Gorecki Alumni Center, 3501 University Avenue in Grand Forks. Attendance is free, and a continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.
This event will bring together experts studying fields such as the interface between innate and adaptive immunity, bacterial pathogenesis, neuroinflammatory disorders, and parasitic infections. Three speakers have been scheduled: Dr. Caroline Cameron from the University of Victoria, Dr. Ross Kedl from the University of Colorado-Denver, and Dr. William Picking from the University of Kansas. In addition, we have scientists from the University of North Dakota who will be presenting their research related to infection and immunity.
Students will have an opportunity to present posters based on their research in the fields of host-pathogen interactions.
This event aims to promote interaction and collaboration among researchers in the area and provide opportunities for learning about cutting-edge tools, approaches, and resources to advance research into infections and inflammation as it applies to human disease.
Registration is required. To register or submit a poster, please visit Host-Pathogen Interactions Symposium. Submissions are due October 26. The poster session is limited.
COBRE Host-Pathogen Interactions Project Leaders
The symposium is organized by the Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) for Host-Pathogen Interactions, UND.
For additional information please contact
Catherine Brissette, PhD
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SMHS New Building Gala Dinner video
View the video of the Gala Dinner in celebration of the new building and homecoming, which was held on October 14.
Psychiatry and Behavioral Science faculty present at the Institute on Psychiatric Services
Andrew McLean, MD, MPH, chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science; and Professor James Roerig, PharmD, BCPP, presented this fall at the American Psychiatric Association's Institute on Psychiatric Services: The Mental Health Services Conference in Washington, D.C. Along with Rob Cotes, MD, of Emory University and renowned psychiatrist E. Fuller Torrey, MD, they presented the workshop “Clozapine: Why? (Why Not!).”
Dr. Roerig introduced the session with “Clozapine, A Few Points,” describing the highly effective, yet underutilized antipsychotic medication. Dr. McLean chaired the workshop and presented on “Clozapine Prescribing in Resource-Limited Areas.”
The North Dakota Department of Human Services and the SMHS Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science have recently initiated a state and university collaborative clozapine clinic. The goal is to enhance psychiatry residency training and offer regional best-practice consultation and treatment to those individuals with serious mental illnesses who would benefit from clozapine.
Sponsor/Exhibit at the 2017 Dakota Conference
2017 Sponsor/Exhibitor Registration Now Open
On behalf of the Dakota Conference Planning Committee, you are invited to sponsor the 2017 Dakota Conference. Space is limited, so register now! We have additional options this year for sponsors. Choose the level that suits your needs!
Two ways to register:
Sponsor registration deadline is 11:59 p.m., CST Wednesday, March 1, 2017.
The Dakota Conference is Coordinated and Facilitated by
National Rural Health Day photo contest
The Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the North Dakota Rural Health Association are seeking submissions for the annual photo contest to celebrate National Rural Health Day, which takes place on November 17, 2016.
All North Dakotans are invited to participate by submitting a photo of what rural means to them. Prizes will be awarded to the top-three photos in each of the two divisions. In the Adult (18-years-and-older) division, the first-place winner receives a $150 Cenex gift card, second place a $100 Cenex gift card, and third place receives a $50 Cenex gift card. In the Youth (17-years-and-under) division, the first-place winner receives a $100 Amazon gift card, second place a $50 Amazon gift card, and third place receives a $25 Amazon gift card. Contest winners will be notified after National Rural Health Day (November 17, 2016). If the Center for Rural Health is unable to reach the winner, the entry will be forfeited, and the Center for Rural Health may choose a different winner. All photos will be posted on the Center for Rural Health’s Facebook page and website.
A panel of judges from the Center for Rural Health and the North Dakota Rural Health Association will critique the photos based on creativity, originality, photo quality, how well it communicates the concept of “rural health,” and overall appeal. There will also be a public vote on the top-10 photos in each division held on National Rural Health Day.
Submissions of photos will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. (CST) on Friday, November 11, 2016. Citizens within North Dakota are eligible to enter the contest. Each photo and caption is one submission; however, you may submit as many photos as you would like. All photos must have been taken in North Dakota.
Images must be royalty-free. By submitting a photo, you understand you have the right and permission of the owner of the photo to use it for this contest. Photos not meeting this requirement will not be eligible for prizes and will be disqualified from the National Rural Health Day Photo Contest.
The National Rural Health Day efforts for North Dakota are facilitated by the Center for Rural Health and are supported by the North Dakota Rural Health Association. To learn more about National Rural Health Day, visit www.celebratepowerofrural.org.
Social Media—Dr. Eric L. Johnson is featured in Medscape's Web episode on diabetes
About this series: Set in the Red River Valley of North Dakota, the story looks at the challenges and benefits posed by insulin therapy in type 2 diabetes. Family physician Dr. Eric Johnson shares his insights as someone who has dedicated most of his clinical practice to the care of patients with diabetes, including one of his patients who has experienced gestational diabetes, bariatric surgery, type 2 diabetes, and related conditions.
Also on our Facebook page, Dean Wynne answers questions about diabetes screening and about prediabetes medications in his latest Health Matters column, which can be found in the Grand Forks Herald every other Monday. Please submit any general health-related questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also get the latest SMHS news by following the School on Twitter.
UND Today—UND College of Business & Public Administration celebrates 100 years of business classes
UND College of Business & Public Administration celebrates 100 years of business classes at the forefront of technology.
The brickwork on the exterior of the University of North Dakota’s Gamble Hall is different from the surrounding structures.
Passersby may not notice at first, but a pattern of missing bricks tells a story of the business school’s past— an ode to the now-phased-out Hollerith punch card system used for data processing. It’s a story Denny Elbert, dean emeritus of the College of Business & Public Administration (CoBPA), loves to share.
More information about this and other UND news can be found in UND Today, UND's official news source.
"Changes in Clinical Diagnostics and Tracking Infectious Diseases"—CDC Grand Rounds
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Public Health Grand Rounds is a monthly webcast created to foster discussion on major public health issues. Each session focuses on key challenges related to a specific health topic, and explores the latest scientific evidence and the potential effect of different interventions. The Grand Rounds sessions also highlight how the CDC and its partners are already addressing these challenges and discuss the recommendations for future research and practice. October's presentation is "Changes in Clinical Diagnostics and Tracking Infectious Diseases." All of the webcasts are archived for later viewing.
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ER Corner: What Is Active Lecturing? (Hint—it’s not a wellness initiative!)
As I indicated in my last ER Corner, this week’s column will discuss how to integrate Active Learning (AL) into “traditional” lectures. I will also hold a workshop on this topic at noon on Wednesday, November 2. See below for a link to information about the workshop and how to register and attend in person or online.
Active Learning is a collection of teaching strategies that promote learning as an interactive, two-way process. It can include the use of questions, small-group discussion, problem-based learning, and case-based reasoning. When this is done in large groups, it is sometimes referred to as SCALE-UP (from its origins as a way to address critical thinking in large science courses at the undergraduate level), which is why several SMHS rooms are called SCALE-UP rooms. See Education Resources’ AEIS page for further reading on AL and the evidence behind it. So if AL’s benefits are so unequivocal, does that mean we have to abandon the lecture? Absolutely not. AL is not always the “right” approach to teaching, nor are lectures or textbooks “wrong.”
However, I do argue that all good lectures incorporate AL strategies in some form or fashion. In the balance of this article, I will outline five “levels” of AL, from minimal to extensive, that can be integrated into your lecture. The higher the level, the more powerful its effect, the more complex the learning outcomes that can be achieved, and the more effort that is required of the instructor and students. The good news is that ANY level of AL will produce significant and measurable learning outcomes.
Level 1. This level is based on research that shows that the attention span ranges from 8 seconds (continuous attention) to 20 minutes (intrinsically motivated attention). The consensus is that our learners can manage 10 minutes of attention without a “reset” of some kind. From this arises the 10–2 strategy: talk for 10 minutes, break for 2. What you do during those breaks is up to you, but even waiting for students to finalize notes and, hopefully, ask questions, is highly effective and requires no extra preparation, making Level 1 possible for anyone to achieve.
Level 2. Level 2 is an enhanced version of Level 1, in which you use questions before, during (the 2-minute breaks), and/or after the lecture to gauge student learning (how well they truly understand what has just been covered) so you can adjust your lecture on the fly or provide guidance to your students about what you think is most important.
Level 3. Level 3 is a further extension of Level 2, in that you use response systems like Turning Point® to ensure student anonymity of responses, which increases participation across the entire class. This gives you more information about class knowledge and ensures that all students benefit from question contemplation AND committing to an answer (research shows that the act of committing to an answer results in better learning than sitting on the fence).
Level 4. This level requires more of you in terms of planning and more of your students during class but is still easily managed. Here, you present a question that requires more than a yes/no or multiple choice answer (e.g., a case to diagnose; an example to apply the tool you just lectured on) to the students in one of two ways. With the first strategy, called “Fishbowl,” you have one group of students (often with support from or participation by you) model the process of answering the question/addressing a case as a group while the rest of the class watches the interaction, with pauses and analysis by you as needed. It is a form of vicarious learning (along with modeling and debriefing), which research has shown results in nearly the same outcomes as full participation. With the second strategy, “Jigsaw,” you place all the students into groups (no more than 8 per group is best). Each group independently solves either the same problem or different aspects of the same problem. You reconvene the class after the process to debrief each solution or to integrate and synthesize each group solution.
Level 5. This level is the most complex and thus the least easily conveyable in the space we have here. Suffice it to say that Level 5 is akin to what is sometimes called “the flipped classroom,” in which you direct students to learn lower-level outcomes (e.g., verbal information, facts, and definitions) through outside readings and materials you provide, and then you use the live class session for complex, higher-order application questions under your guidance. This level requires a significant amount of work on your part and an adjustment period for your students, so it should be reserved for the most complex outcomes—those not easily achieved through other means.
All five levels are in use right now in our building by your own colleagues in different programs, so you can be assured that you can do so as well. Your students will learn and retain more and, with practice, you will find that the process is rewarding and even liberating in some ways; it is a lot more fun to be the architect of learning than it is to be deliverer of information! If you want to learn more about and gain practice in each of these levels, come to the AEIS workshop on AL November 2. For more information on attending this workshop in person, participating live from another campus, requesting a workshop on your campus, or to set up a consultation with Education Resources for teaching or education scholarship assistance, contact Shae Samuelson at (701) 777-6150.
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Mandatory PHS Financial Conflict of Interest Education session
The Public Health Service (PHS) requires that all PHS grantees or those considering submitting to the PHS complete a mandatory education class. According to the new policy, all grantees must be trained in conflict of interest every four years. The Division of Research and Economic Development will be conducting a training session on Monday, November 21, from 11 a.m. to noon in the Presidents Room at the Memorial Union.
You only need to attend the session if you have not already done so. Training is necessary every four years.
The session will be presented by Barry Milavetz, PhD, associate vice president for Research and Economic Development.
PHS agencies include
If you have questions, please contact Barry Milavetz, PhD, (701) 777-4151.
Diane Hillebrand, CRA
USDA GF Human Nutrition Research Center seeks study participants
The United States Department of Agriculture Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center is seeking participants for two research studies.
For more information, and to see if you qualify, check out our website, or contact Vanessa Thyne, Biological Laboratory Technician, Dietary Prevention of Disease Research Unit, Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center, (701) 795-8493.
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