Susan and I want to give a shout-out to Whitney Bettenhausen and her second-year medical school colleagues for the highly successful recent Students CURE (Caring for Underserved Regions Everywhere) gala, a fundraiser in support of local and international nongovernmental organizations that strive to improve healthcare for the underserved, whether in North Dakota or around the globe. What a wonderful and successful event! Whitney and her classmates who organized this fantastic gathering did a wonderful job transforming a dream into a reality. Over 220 people attended the festivities that were held at the Alerus Center last Saturday night, and well over $10,000 was raised to support CURE. Not only did individuals support the event but so did many of the hospitals in the state. I was particularly impressed that Matt Grimshaw, the CEO of Mercy Medical Center in Williston, North Dakota, not only supported the event financially, but traveled with his wife all the way from Williston to Grand Forks just for the event. Congratulations to all—organizers and participants—for showing again just what makes North Dakota so special. Well done indeed!
Congratulations to all of the approved programs, and thanks to those other programs that applied but weren’t funded because of funding limitations. One important requirement that was stressed to all of the successful applicant programs is that we will review their progress carefully over the coming years to be sure that they are fulfilling the intended purpose of the program: to increase the number of North Dakota-trained physicians practicing in the state. I anticipate that some programs will be more successful than others in achieving this goal, and in due time, we likely will need to adjust the allotment of residency slots allocated to various programs based on which programs best achieve the twin goals of the initiative: to be attractive to SMHS’s medical students and to meet the healthcare delivery needs of the state. I look forward with great enthusiasm to the rollout of these newly funded programs. They are a key component of the HWI, and an important way in which we will meet the healthcare needs of the state in the future.
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Next Zen in 10 is September 1
Refocus with 10 minutes of movement and relaxation with Zen in 10.
Services are provided by Kay Williams, certified yoga instructor.
Kim Ruliffson, MPA
"Updates on Appendicitis" is Surgery Grand Rounds topic on September 4
Katherine Senter, MD, PGY IV surgery resident in the Department of Surgery, will be presenting her talk titled "Updates on Appendicitis" from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Friday, September 4, in the UND Medical Education Center Auditorium in Fargo.
The objectives of her talk are the following:
This Surgery Grand Rounds Conference, sponosored by the UND School of Medcine and Health Sciences Department of Surgery, is broadcasted via videoconference to many sites in North Dakota and Minnesota.
All are welcome to attend.
Geralyn Lunski, AAS
"An Evening with Dr. John Graham" is September 9
The Lake Region Heritage Center presents "An Evening with Dr. John Graham" from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9, at the Center, 502 4th Street NE, in Devils Lake.
Son of the late Dr. John Graham Sr., cofounder of the Lake Region Clinic, Dr. Graham, a 1953 BS Med graduate of the SMHS, shares his knowledge of the history of medicine in the Lake Region, his own experiences as a doctor, and humorous personal anecdotes of growing up in Starkweather and Devils Lake. Quick witted and a gifted speaker, Dr. Graham brings nearly 40 years of medical experience and a lifetime of stories for an entertaining evening at the Lake Region Heritage Center.
Admission: $5. Members: Free
Community invited to participate in Joggin’ with Josh on September 10
Joshua Wynne, MD, MBA, MPH, University of North Dakota vice president for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, invites the community and all students, faculty, and staff at the School and the University to advocate healthful lifestyles by joining him for Joggin' with Josh, an informal 5K, 10K, or 1-mile walk, jog, or run on Thursday, September 10. This is a free public event. Everyone is welcome to participate, so please bring your family and friends.
A sign-up table will be in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences' main lobby facing Columbia Road; sign-up and T-shirt pickup starts at 4 p.m. The dean will speak to the group before the event, which starts at 4:30 p.m. To get a head start on your fellow participants, please complete the sign-up form and bring it with you to the SMHS. Forms will also be available in the main lobby before the event.
Save the Date—Java with Josh is September 16
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 Wednesday, September 16, to discuss what’s new at the School.
Questions are encouraged!
RSVP to Kristen Peterson by Wednesday, September 9.
Hope to see you there.
Dean Joshua Wynne, MD, MBA, MPH
Save the Date—School welcomes new associate deans and chairs on September 30
University of North Dakota Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences Joshua Wynne invites you to join him in welcoming the School’s new associate deans and founding chairs. The event will be held on Wednesday, September 30, from 2 to 4 p.m., with a brief program at 2 p.m., in the Vennes Atrium at the School, 501 North Columbia Road, Grand Forks.
Dean Wynne will formally welcome the following internationally recognized, distinguished faculty to the School:
Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome to attend.
American Indian Health Research Conference is October 23
Save the date for the 13th Annual American Indian Health Research Conference, to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 23, 2015, at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. The event is sponsored by North Dakota INBRE, Center for Rural Health, Seven Generations Center of Excellence in Native Behavioral Health, and the UND Chapter of the Society of Indian Psychologists.
Registration information coming soon!
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National Rural Health Day Photo Contest
November 19, 2015, is the 5th Annual National Rural Health Day. The Center for Rural Health is sponsoring a photo contest to celebrate. Share your creativity of what rural means to you with the Center for Rural Health by submitting a photo!
Contest winners will be notified after National Rural Health Day (November 19, 2015).
Coming Together: New question and answer
The UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences Transition Management Team continues to plan for the move to our new building in 2016.
The following question was received by the committee.
For more new building information, to view all the frequently asked questions and answers, or to submit a question, please visit the Coming Together website.
Host a Scrubs Camp in Your Community
The Rural Collaborative Opportunities for Occupational Learning in Health (R-COOL-Health) Scrubs Camp program is an opportunity for students in Grades 5–12 to learn about healthcare professions in fun, interactive ways. The Center for Rural Health and the North Dakota Area Health Education Center provide funding and support to communities to host a local Scrubs Camp. Grant proposals for the 2015–2016 Scrubs Camps are now being accepted.
Date Change! Call for Presentations—2016 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health
Rural and public health professionals are encouraged to submit abstracts for the 2016 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health. Both oral and poster presentations should feature community or research projects that use creative strategies, facilitate the collaboration between rural and public health entities, can be replicated, and have an emphasis on education and developing partnerships. Abstract submissions must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. CST on Thursday, October, 1, 2015. Visit the Dakota Conference website for details on submitting an abstract.
The Dakota Conference is Coordinated and Facilitated by the Center for Rural Health, University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS).
"Preventing Suicide: A Comprehensive Public Health Approach"—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. September's presentation is "Preventing Suicide: A Comprehensive Public Health Approach." All of the webcasts are archived for later viewing.
Social Media: MPH alumnus Michael Mudgett
On our Facebook page, read about MPH alumnus Michael Mudgett, who is working at the California Rural Indian Health Board in Sacramento.
Also on our Facebook page, Dean Wynne answers questions about how many prescriptions are too many, and about newer blood thinners available that don’t require blood tests 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.
University Letter: Presidential search committee named
The North Dakota University System has announced the members of a Presidential Search Committee to identify candidates for the position of president of the University of North Dakota. Dr. Robert Kelley, who has been the president at UND since July 1, 2008, will be retiring in January.
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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Library of the Health Sciences hours for August and Labor Day holiday
Library of the Health Sciences hours for August and the Labor Day holiday are the following:
Fall semester, August 28–September 3
Friday, Aug. 28—7:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Labor Day holiday September 4–September 7
Friday, Sept. 4—7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Thormodson (701) 777-4129.
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