Transitions occur in organizations as well as in life. I am very pleased to announce several new department chairs at the School.
And speaking of the LCME, here is an update on where we stand regarding LCME standard ED-30, which stipulates that students need to receive feedback and grades in a timely fashion. At the time of the initial LCME survey team visit in March 2014, we had thought that we were doing a good job of getting grades back to students after the end of their clerkships; the accepted delay is less than six weeks. But when the LCME chastised us for lapses in this regard, we discovered to our chagrin that the LCME was right, and we weren’t doing as well as we thought. So the faculty had to redesign the entire process by which students get their grades. They now use a secure, reliable computer-based system, and we can now proudly claim (and document) that all medical students get their final clerkship grades within the allowable six-week window.
Finally, thank you, Congressman Cramer! Yesterday, North Dakota Representative Kevin Cramer took time out of his busy schedule to be our guest speaker at the inaugural Dean’s Hour for the 2015–2016 academic year. He gave a brief national perspective on healthcare and then spent the bulk of the noon hour answering questions about healthcare from the audience composed of students, faculty, and staff of the School and the wider UND community who were our guests for lunch. We were close to a full house, and we were pleased to have a wide range of students from the basic sciences, health sciences, and medicine in addition to students from nursing and other health disciplines across campus. We especially appreciated the effort that College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines Dean Gayle Roux made to join us. Congressman Cramer answered a variety of questions deftly while injecting a good deal of North Dakota humor. We also may have identified areas where the expertise of UND faculty, staff, and students could be a resource to Representative Cramer and his staff in formulating federal healthcare legislation. We look forward to doing our part to help. Well done, Congressman Cramer!
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"Updates on Appendicitis" is today's Surgery Grand Rounds topic
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. today, 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
Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge is September 6–October 17
UND is participating in the Outdoor Nation (ON) Campus Challenge, an effort put on by the Outdoor Foundation and 59 schools throughout the country to try and get the most people outside and active. The school that gets the most people outdoors and documenting those experiences on www.oncampuschallenge.org during the six-week period (September 6–October 17) will win the National Outdoor Championship. Prizes are also awarded weekly and for participating in sponsored events to individuals that record their activities.
Patrick J. Marcoe
"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
"Epigenetic reprogramming in cancer and neurogenesis" is on September 10
Lawrence Sowers, PhD, professor and chair, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, is the invited speaker for the Epigenetics COBRE Seminar series.
His talk, "Epigenetic reprogramming in cancer and neurogenesis," will be at 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 10, in the Clifford Haugen Lecture Hall, Room 1360, at the SMHS in Grand Forks.
All are welcome to attend.
This seminar is cosponsored by the Department of Basic Sciences and the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) for Epigenomics.
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—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.
Register today! American Indian Health Research Conference is October 23
The 13th Annual American Indian Health Research Conference provides a daylong event with national speakers, researchers, students, and community members. This is an opportunity to learn about how to do research with American Indian communities, what research needs to be done in American Indian communities, for students to present their research with American Indians, and for communities, tribal colleges, and researchers to partner with one another.
Save the Date!
Call for Posters
Dr. Alan J. Allery Health Research Award
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Dahl selected as national leadership scholar
Lindsey Dahl, MD, clinical assistant professor of internal medicine at the SMHS and an SMHS Department of Geriatrics faculty member, was among an elite group of young U.S. geriatricians to be accepted into the 2015–16 Tideswell, American Geriatrics Society (AGS), and the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs National Leadership Development Program sponsored by the AGS and the Tideswell Foundation. Dahl practices internal medicine at the Sanford Health Southpointe Clinic in Fargo.
Three senior faculty members at the SMHS will assist Dahl in her leadership development through weekly meetings: Senior Associate Dean for Education Gwen W. Halaas, MD, MBA; Donald Jurivich, DO, the founding Eva L. Gilbertson, MD, Distinguished Chair of Geriatrics; and Gary G. Schwartz, PhD, MPH, PhD, the founding chair of the Department of Population Health. They will support her vision of improving interprofessional geriatrics education, integration of geriatrics into primary care, and creation of a statewide effort to improve senior safety—especially to rural and Native American populations—through innovative falls prevention programs.
Congratulations to Lindsey, Sanford Health, and the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences for garnering this honor!
Richard Marsden, MD
Donald Jurivich, DO
Share Your Story: Working with Rural Communities
The Center for Rural Health wants to hear from you! Located within the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the CRH has been working with rural communities since 1980. We are looking for examples of other departments and programs on campus working closely in various capacities with rural communities throughout North Dakota. Our goal is to share these stories for the 5th Annual National Rural Health Day on November 19, 2015.
Submit a summary of your work with rural communities by Friday, October 23, 2015.
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).
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 School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
"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: Health Matters—How to pinpoint the causes of headaches
On our Facebook page, Dean Wynne answers questions about how to pinpoint the causes of headaches, and about an update on the use of statin medications to treat high cholesterol 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: Storrs and Halaas cochairs of search for dean of the School of Graduate Studies
The University has announced a national search for the next dean of the School of Graduate Studies. The decision was based on the recommendations of UND’s academic deans and the Search Committee, following the conclusion of an internal search process.
The external search will begin this fall. The school’s current interim Dean Dr. Wayne Swisher has agreed to remain in his role through the hiring of the next dean. Provost Thomas DiLorenzo has named Debbie Storrs, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Gwen W. Halaas, senior associate dean for Education at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, as cochairs for the external search from among the campus deans and has met with them to map out a plan for the search.
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 Labor Day holiday
Library of the Health Sciences hours for the Labor Day holiday are the following:
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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