I am delighted to share the specifics of a phone call I received earlier this week from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the agency that accredits the medical education programs of schools in the United States and Canada. Although we had not anticipated hearing from the LCME until later this month or early next month regarding the return visit of their survey team last year, I was happy to receive an early notification, especially when I learned that the entire LCME committee had accepted the positive review from the team, complimented the School on the way it has addressed the previously noted citations, and put us back on the regular cycle of review. While there may well be some suggestions for continued monitoring and improvement in a few areas, we no longer have the “warning” label associated with us, remain fully accredited and in good status, and our next LCME visit will be in 2022. All of this, while anticipated, still is very good news, and reflects the hard work of many people. I would like to acknowledge in particular the leadership and hard work of accreditation lead Dr. Ken Ruit, along with wonderful assistance from Drs. Gwen Halaas, Steve Tinguely, and Susan Zelewski. Thanks to them and the many other people who worked so hard for this good outcome, including Linda Anderson in Dr. Halaas’s office.
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Mary Lizakowski will begin employment as a research specialist in the Department of Geriatrics on February 16. Her supervisor is Donald Jurivich.
Elizabeth Pritchert will begin employment as a billing clerk at the Center for Family Medicine in Bismarck on February 22. Her supervisor is Linda Fleck.
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Occupational Therapy 2016 St. Catherine Challenge is February 5–12
UND Occupational Therapy students are seeking to raise funding for the St. Catherine Challenge. The St. Catherine Challenge is a student-led initiative to build the profession of occupational therapy through raising funds for research in support of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation's mission.
Schools of occupational therapy across the nation take on the challenge, create their own fundraisers, engage their communities in the effort, and come together at the annual AOTA conference to cheer for the cause. Donations are used exclusively to fund and promote research into occupational therapy and thus advance the science of everyday living. As charter members of the St. Catherine Challenge, we are eager to engage in fundraising for this challenge.
Any SOTA participant is able to deny particular activities requested of him or her if he or she does not feel comfortable completing the task requested. The most important requirement is that OT students must be rented in pairs. The pair of OT students will be required to report to Dr. Grabanski or designated SOTA representative via phone (call or text) at the time he or she arrives at the destination requested, as well as immediately after leaving his or her location to ensure the safety of each student.
Donald Jurivich is invited panelist for "The Age of Love" documentary on February 14
Donald Jurivich, DO, the founding Eva L. Gilbertson, MD, Distinguished Chair of Geriatrics at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, has been invited by Sanford Health in Fargo to participate in a panel discussion after the showing of the documentary The Age of Love.
The documentary is sponsored by AARP as part of their new drive to counter ageism. The film is an account of older single adults who join a speed dating event at their local senior center.
Admission to the documentary is free. It will be shown at 1 p.m. on Sunday, February 14, at the Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway in Fargo. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.
Jurivich is among a group of panelists with backgrounds in geriatrics and gerontology who will preside over a post-movie question-and-answer period focused on the emotional, social, and physical dimensions of love in late life.
Shelly Peltier will present on Native American behavioral health on February 18
The Seven Generations Center of Excellence presents Shelly Peltier, PhD, who will present her talk titled “Native American Behavioral Health” at 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 18, in the Medora Room in the Memorial Union on the UND campus in Grand Forks.
Bring your lunch and join us! Peltier will present for one hour with discussion and questions to follow.
Shelly Peltier is a licensed clinical psychologist and has been working for the Indian Health Service Behavioral Health Department for the past 22 years. She currently serves as the director of the program, a position she has held for 14 years. Peltier earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of North Dakota. She completed her internship and postdoctoral training at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and has served on the advisory board for the Indians into Psychology Doctoral Education (INPSYDE) Program at UND. Peltier is currently an adjunct professor for the UND psychology program and a member of the North Dakota State Hospital Governing Board. She works with all age groups and and addresses all types of mental health disorders. Peltier is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.
Nikki Massmann, BS
Mark V. Pauly presents next Dean's Hour on February 18
Mark V. Pauly, PhD, Bendheim Professor in the Department of Health Care Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, is the next Dean's Hour Speaker at noon on Thursday, February 18, in the Reed Keller Auditorium, Room 1350, at the SMHS in Grand Forks. The title of his presentation is "Health Care Cost Containment That Does More Good than Harm: What Are Our Choices?"
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/jfe/form/SV_bruIldYWGsXlOaF.
His 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.
Lori L. Sannes, Administrative Officer
Prashant Mali will present Basic Sciences Seminar on February 25
Prashant Mali, PhD, assistant professor of bioengineering with the University of California, San Diego, Jacobs School of Engineering, will present his talk titled "From reading genomes to interpreting genomes" at 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 25, in Room 5510 at the SMHS in Grand Forks.
All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Mary Bohlman, Administrative Assistant
Save the Date for Spirit Week—February 22–26
So, let’s celebrate those who’ve helped make UND great during Spirit Week from February 22 to February 26.
Save the Date—Java with Josh is March 3
All SMHS faculty, staff, and students are invited to have an informal, complimentary cup of coffee, juice, or tea with Dean Wynne in the Lower Vennes Atrium from 8:30 to 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 3, to discuss what’s new at the School.
Questions are encouraged!
RSVP to Kristen Peterson by Thursday, February 25.
Hope to see you there.
Dean Joshua Wynne, MD, MBA, MPH
In a collaborative effort, the Center for Rural Health, the Department of Family and Community Medicine, and the North Dakota Area Health Education Center (AHEC) will be hosting four events this spring called the Community Showcases. These events will be held in Minot, Grand Forks, Fargo, and Bismarck.
Purpose of the events
Spouses and significant others are invited to attend the events with the medical students; we know it is important for families to be involved in the job-seeking process.
To register a booth as a healthcare facility, click here.
To RSVP as a medical student or resident, click here.
If you have any questions, please contact
Michelle Montgomery, MSW, LCSW
Save the Date: Frank Low Research Day is Thursday, April 7
Frank Low Research Day is Thursday, April 7, at the SMHS in Grand Forks. Students and faculty in basic sciences, health sciences, and clinical departments are encouraged to participate in the poster presentations, which will be displayed in the upper and lower Vennes Atrium of the School.
Call for abstracts, registration, and more information will be forthcoming. For more information, please contact Joann Johnson, (701) 777-6269.
Register now for Building Building Better Brains Symposium
The two UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence—the Center for Neurodegenerative Disorder Research and the Epigenomics of Development and Disease—will sponsor a two-day neuroepigenetics symposium, “Building Better Brains,” on April 11 and 12, 2016, at the Gorecki Alumni Center in Grand Forks.
The keynote speaker will be Eric Nestler, MD, PhD, Nash Family Professor of Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, where he serves as chair of the Department of Neuroscience and director of the Friedman Brain Institute. Other prominent guest speakers will be Drs. Detlev Boison, Avtar Roopra, Jungsu Kim, and Peng Jin.
Altru Health System’s “The Team Approach to Diabetes” is April 28
Altru Health System’s "The Team Approach to Diabetes" will be from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on April 28 at the Alerus Center, 1200 42nd Street South, in Grand Forks. The conference is geared toward the health professional who cares for people with diabetes. The purpose of the conference is to provide recommendations for the best practices to improve diabetes care with a focus on the life span continuum of care. The symposium will be focused on the discussion of actual cases encountered every day.
Preregistration is required. No refunds will be provided. Lunch is included for pre-paid and preregistered participants only.
Fees and Payment
Physicians and Health Professionals (non-Altru employees): $80
Register Now! 2016 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health
The Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health provides an opportunity for over 300 healthcare professionals, educators, and students to share strategies for building and sustaining healthy communities in North Dakota. It includes pre-conference workshops, keynote speakers, breakout sessions, poster presentations, evening workshops, and an awards banquet. The 2016 conference will be held May 16–18 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks.
The Dakota Conference is coordinated and facilitated by the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences and is supported by the following organizations:
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Simlympics 2016 winners
On February 3 and 4, SMHS medical students competed in the Third Annual Simlympics competition. Organized by the SMHS Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG) and the North Dakota Simulation, Teaching, and Research (ND STAR) Center team, this tournament-style competition featured teams of four to five medical students, each presented with patients they could realistically encounter in the ER. Students were scored by a panel of physician judges on their ability to collect information about the patient’s history, work as a team, exercise sound clinical reasoning, and effectively communicate and empathize with the patient. A high-pressure, yet low-stakes environment gave medical students an opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom and gain valuable feedback on their successes and mistakes.
Six different teams of second-year medical students competed on Wednesday, February 3. The finalists had to treat an agitated patient under the influence of methamphetamine who sustained multiple stab wounds. The winning team was composed of second-year students Matt Glogoza, Jenn Glatt, Lisa Poole, and Whitney Bettenhausen.
On Thursday, February 4, six teams of first-year medical students faced a variety of emergency situations, including an allergic reaction after a seafood dinner, a young athlete who collapsed on the field, and a gunshot wound to the leg in a hunting accident. The winning team was composed of first-year students Britta Stjern, Mylan Panteah, Tasha Garcia, Melissa Gunderson, and Ciciley Littlewolf.
The Emergency Medicine Interest Group would like to thank the ND STAR staff as well as our guest judges for another successful year of Simlympics and for helping medical students learn more about emergency medicine.
ND STAR Staff
Mark Hovland and Michael Gilchrist
Congratulations! SMHS faculty and staff will be honored on Founders Day
Founders Day marks the anniversary of the signing of the legislation establishing the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, the official birthday of UND. The first celebration of Founders Day was held in 1904.
At this year's celebration on Thursday, February 25, the following SMHS faculty and staff will be honored:
Professor Brij Singh, PhD, in the Department of Basic Sciences, will receive the UND Foundation/Thomas J. Clifford Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Research.
Makoto Tsuchiya, MS, ATC, Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Educational Technology, in the Department of Sports Medicine, will receive the UND Foundation Award for Outstanding Academic Advising.
Recognition for 25 Years of Service
Retired and retiring faculty and staff
Sara Bjerke wins National Athletic Trainers' Association Service Award
Sara E. Bjerke, BS AT '95, MS, ATC, LAT, an instructor and assistant athletic trainer in the Department of Sports Medicine, was announced as a winner of a National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Service Award. She will be accepting the award this summer at the national convention in Baltimore, Maryland.
The Service Award recognizes NATA members for their contributions to the athletic training profession as a volunteer at the local and state levels. Recipients have been involved in professional associations, community organizations, grassroots public relations efforts, and service as a volunteer athletic trainer.
Sara has been very active in the state of North Dakota by serving as past president of the North Dakota Athletic Trainers' Association (NDATA). Currently, Sara is the executive director of the NDATA and serves on the Board of Directors of the Mid-America Athletic Trainers' Association.
Steven Westereng, LAT, ATC, MA, CSCS
2015 Annual staff evaluations are due on February 26
A reminder to all supervisors of SMHS staff employees that completed 2015 Performance Management Plans (annual staff evaluations) are due to my office on or before Friday, February 26, 2016. A complete listing of individuals for whom evaluations are required was sent to all departments in December 2015. Please direct any questions to my attention.
"Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Advancing Research and Clinical Education"—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. February's presentation is "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Advancing Research and Clinical Education." All of the webcasts are archived for later viewing.
Social Media: McKynsay Vanderpan
Also on our Facebook page, Dean Wynne answers questions about curbing childhood obesity, and about sudden death or sudden cardiac arrest 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 email@example.com.
You can also get the latest SMHS news by following the School on Twitter.
University Letter—From President Schafer: UND budget planning information and steps
Dear Campus Community:
The following information was distributed to Vice Presidents, Deans, Department Chairs and Directors. I wanted to make sure that all faculty and staff are aware of this communication.
More information about this and other UND news can be found in the University Letter. Published on Tuesdays and Thursdays, it is distributed electronically to the University community and is always available online. For more information, contact editor Jan Orvik at (701) 777-3621.
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Mandatory PHS Financial Conflict of Interest Education Session
The Public Health Service (PHS) has recently revised its policy requiring 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
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; and David Schmidt, assistant vice president for Research and Economic Development.
PHS agencies include
If you have questions, please contact Barry Milavetz, PhD, (701) 777-4278.
Diane Hillebrand, CRA
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Library of the Health Sciences hours for Presidents' Day holiday weekend
Library of the Health Sciences hours for February 12 through February 15 are the following:
If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Thormodson (701) 777-4129.
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