May 1, 2015

Done! The 64th North Dakota Legislative Assembly adjourned Wednesday on day 78 of the 80 days allowed for each biennial legislative session. The upcoming budget for the SMHS is contained in HB 1003, which is the funding bill for all institutions of higher education in the state. While we need to wait until the bill is signed into law by Governor Jack Dalrymple and until the North Dakota University System, State Board of Higher Education, and UND all analyze and approve our budget, we are grateful indeed to the Legislature for continuing to support the School in a major way. The approved legislation provides the second portion of needed funding for the new building, and fully funds the ongoing efforts of the Healthcare Workforce Initiative. But the specifics of our upcoming budget still need to be clarified and quantified. As I have mentioned before—with gratitude!—the proportion of the School’s budget provided by the State of North Dakota is among the highest of just about any public medical and health sciences school in the country. We thank the Legislature and the citizens of North Dakota who have the foresight to invest in healthcare education and biomedical research!

The two finalists for the campus dean position on the Southeast (Fargo) Campus were interviewed this week, and I’ll be making an announcement next week with the name of the person who will replace retiring Associate Dean Dr. Julie Blehm as of July 1. We also will initiate a search for the next campus dean for the Northwest (Minot) Campus, because current Assistant Dean Dr. Marty Rothberg has indicated his intention to step down as of July 1.

We are very excited to welcome Dr. Richard Van Eck, who starting on July 1 will be the founding Dr. David and Lola Rognlie Monson Endowed Professor in Medical Education at the School. Rick is an educator and scholar who is recognized internationally for his research in instructional simulation and game theory. Since 2004, he has been an associate professor and professor in the Teaching and Learning Department of UND’s College of Education and Human Development, where he has taught courses on human performance technology, eLearning, instructional design, and instructional simulations. As the associate dean for Teaching and Learning at the SMHS, Rick will provide leadership for the ongoing development, implementation, and evaluation of our educational programs throughout the SMHS. He will work to implement and improve curricula, engage faculty and provide faculty training, provide curriculum management, oversee student assessment and competency, accomplish course and program evaluation, and encourage the scholarship of teaching.

I am especially grateful to Dr. David and Lola Monson, who provided a substantial gift to endow this position, and to Dave Miedema of the UND Foundation, who helped make it happen. David and Lola have shown remarkable insight and prescience as they structured their endowment, and I am extremely grateful to them for their generosity and caring.

Finally, we continue to work hard to ensure that all the details are being attended to as we prepare for the return visit of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) limited survey team on Oct. 18–21, 2015. As you know, the LCME accredits medical education programs in the United States and Canada. Following the October 2015 visit, we hope to get their endorsement of the changes we’ve made in our curriculum and related educational programs in response to the citations previously identified by the LCME. The implementation of our Action Plan in response to the citations from the LCME is being coordinated and overseen by Associate Dean Dr. Ken Ruit under the guidance and supervision of Senior Associate Dean for Education Dr. Gwen W. Halaas. But what, you might ask, can you do to help ensure a successful outcome? Well, at a minimum, please take the time to review the School’s polices, especially those that are new or changed. They are available below. And why? Because knowledge of and compliance with the School’s guiding policies by faculty, students, and staff is an important (and appropriate) requirement by the LCME for accreditation. So thank you for reviewing (and adhering to) the School’s policies!

Joshua Wynne, MD, MBA, MPH
UND Vice President for Health Affairs
Dean UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences

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Recent Educational Policies to Review

Conflict of Interest Policy between Faculty and Students with Regard to Assessment.

View all of the School's Policies and Procedures.

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Nathan Riha

     Animal Laboratory Technician

Nathan Riha began employment as an animal laboratory technician in Basic Sciences on April 16. His supervisor is Malak Kotb. 

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Physician Assistant Program’s annual Scholarly Project poster session is May 7

The Physician Assistant Program’s annual Scholarly Project poster session will be held on Thursday, May 7, from 8:15 a.m. to noon in the Vennes Atrium at the SMHS in Grand Forks.

There will be 26 posters presented on current medical topics.

SMHS faculty, staff, and students are welcome to view the posters and visit with the students. Cookies and beverages will be served.

Susan Kuntz, PhD, MLS (ASCP)
Assistant Professor
Physician Assistant Program

Sign a piece of UND history: Beam signing on May 8 and 15

The University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences invites the public, as well as UND faculty, staff, and students to sign one of two beams that will be placed on top of the new UND SMHS building. Everyone who signs the beam will receive a complimentary keychain.

When: Friday, May 8, and Friday May 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on both days.

Where: East lobby of the current University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 501 N. Columbia Road, Grand Forks.

At 3 p.m. on Friday, May 8, UND President Robert O. Kelley and UND Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences Joshua Wynne will sign the beam.

2015 Staff Recognition Luncheon is May 12

Please mark your calendars to attend the 2015 Annual Staff Recognition Ceremony and Luncheon on Tuesday, May 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the UND Memorial Union Ballroom. UND staff employees with continuous, benefited employment at UND will be recognized for their years of service. Also to be recognized will be this year's selections for Meritorious Service, and Ken and Toby Baker UND Proud awards.

To view the School's honorees, please read more.

Jean Altepeter
Associate Director
Human Resources

2015 Sophomore Awards Program is May 14

First- and second-year medical students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend the 2015 Sophomore Awards lunch and presentation of awards. The event will take place at noon on Thursday, May 14, in the UND Memorial Union–South Ballroom.

Celebrate Mary Reinertson-Sand on May 21

Everyone is welcome to attend a retirement reception for Mary Reinertson-Sand on Thursday, May 21, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the lower Vennes Atrium at the SMHS in Grand Forks. Stop by and wish her well. Refreshments will be served.

Mary has worked at UND for 30 years, and currently works as an information specialist for the Rural Assistance Center at the Center for Rural Health, located within the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. During her time at UND, Mary has worked at the College of Nursing and the Department of Geology. She received the UND Meritorious Service Award in May of 1989.

Congratulations to Mary on her retirement!

Nikki Massmann
Communication Coordinator
Center for Rural Health 

2015 Central Region IDeA Conference is June 1–3

ND INBRE is pleased to be hosting the 2015 Central Region IDeA Conference on June 1–3 at the Alerus Center, in Grand Forks.

On behalf of the North Dakota IDeA (Institutional Development Award) Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (ND INBRE), we would like to invite you to attend the Central Region IDeA conference at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks on June 1–3. The central theme of the first full day of the IDeA Central Region Conference (June 2) will be promoting diversity through IDeA programs. The final half-day of the conference (June 3) will explore the role of the IDeA program in promoting economic development.

IDeA states in the central region include North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Kansas.

For registration and a schedule, please visit http://und.edu/academics/extended-learning/conference-services/idea-conference/.

Kim Hansen
Administrative Officer
ND INBRE

Early bird registration and payment is due May 5 for 2015 Dakota Conference

2015 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health

June 2–4, 2015
Grand International Hotel, Minot, North Dakota

Reserve your room today!
Toll Free: 800.735.4493

Visit the Dakota Conference website for further details.

The Dakota Conference is facilitated by the

  • Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences 

The conference is supported by

  • Altru Health System
  • College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines (UND)
  • Department of Family and Community Medicine (UND SMHS)
  • North Dakota Public Health Association
  • North Dakota Rural Health Association

Questions?
Contact Kylie Nissen

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Forum is June 15

The National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI), located within the Center for Rural Health, is hosting a forum for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, June 15, at the Ina Mae Rude Center for Innovation at UND, 4200 James Ray Drive, in Grand Forks. Wear purple and join the forum for a discussion on topics such as financial exploitation and elder abuse policies.

Lunch will be provided.

Contact Cassie LaBine at (701) 777-6084 to register.

Save the Date! 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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Van Eck is founding Monson Endowed Professor in Medical Education

Richard Van Eck, PhD, has been named the founding Dr. David and Lola Rognlie Monson Endowed Professor in Medical Education at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Van Eck is an educator and scientist, who is recognized internationally for his research in instructional simulation and game theory. Since 2004, Van Eck has been an associate professor and professor in the Teaching and Learning Department of UND’s College of Education and Human Development, where he has taught courses on human performance technology, eLearning, instructional design, and instructional simulations.

This new position is an outgrowth of the School’s Healthcare Workforce Initiative, which is intended to help address current and especially future workforce shortages through a variety of approaches. Expansion of class size is an essential component. The SMHS is anticipating tremendous growth over the next six years that includes increasing medical school class size by 16 slots for a total of 64 over four years, increasing health sciences class sizes by 30 students per year for a total of 90 over three years, and adding 17 residency (required post-medical school training) positions for a total of 113 residents statewide. The school will recruit 39 additional clinical faculty and an additional 124 nonclinical faculty and 78 staff members to teach and provide support for students and faculty.

As the associate dean for Teaching and Learning at the UND SMHS, Van Eck will provide leadership for the ongoing development, implementation and evaluation of the educational programs at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He will work with SMHS leaders, the director of Education Resources, and faculty, students, and staff to implement and improve curricula, engage faculty and provide faculty training, provide curriculum management, oversee student assessment and competency, accomplish course and program evaluation, and encourage the scholarship of teaching.

Van Eck will begin work at the SMHS on July 1, 2015. Please read more.

UND MPH student Jessica Orth garners scholarship to present at national health gathering

Jessica Orth, a student in the University of North Dakota Master of Public Health (MPH) Program, was recently selected for a scholarship to the AcademyHealth Annual Meeting in June.

Orth, a native of Sleepy Eye, Minn., who also holds a master’s degree in statistics, was chosen for this award by the Public Health Systems Research Interest Group (PHSR) on the basis of the abstract she submitted on the application of systems dynamics to the spread of infections in airports. Orth presented a summary of her research on this topic earlier this year at the School of Graduate Studies Scholarly Forum.

Arielle Selya, an MPH faculty member, and Scott Johnson, a faculty member in the Department of Petroleum Engineering—who both teach classes in systems dynamics—served as Orth’s mentors for this project.

“This is quite an honor as it was an extremely competitive process, and her competition included master's and doctoral students throughout the nation,” said Ray Goldsteen, founding director of the UND MPH Program, which is part of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences. “We are really proud of her and happy for the opportunities this award will create for her.”

Orth will receive a stipend, make a poster presentation at the meeting, and be assigned a mentor from the PHSR Group. 

Juan Miguel Pedraza
Writer/Editor
National Media Relations Coordinator
Public Relations Group
Division of University and Public Affairs

School of Medicine and Health Sciences to present Doctor of Medicine degrees

The University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences will confer the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree during commencement at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium on the UND campus in Grand Forks.

Fifty-five degree candidates will participate in the ceremony. The graduates have completed four years of medical education to earn their Doctor of Medicine, beginning with two years of instruction at the UND campus in Grand Forks, followed by two years learning and working with practicing physicians who volunteer to serve as their teachers in hospitals and clinics throughout North Dakota. Upon graduating, the doctors will complete their residencies, a period of advanced intensive training in their chosen medical specialty before independent practice as a physician. Depending on the medical specialty, medical school graduates complete anywhere from three to seven years of residency training after medical school.

Timothy D. Henry, MD, alumnus (BS Med ’80), an interventional cardiologist, the director of Cardiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, and a professor of medicine at Cedars-Sinai and UCLA, will deliver the keynote address titled “Heart to Heart.”

Henry is the former director of Research at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, and professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota. Henry grew up in Westhope, North Dakota, and spent three years at Minot State College before graduating from the University of North Dakota in 1978. He attended the UND Medical School for two years before graduating from the University of California, San Francisco in 1982, where he was named to Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society. He was an internal medicine resident and chief medical resident from 1982 to 1986 at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He completed his training as a cardiology fellow, chief cardiology fellow, and interventional cardiology fellow at the University of Minnesota in 1991.

Henry has coauthored over 300 manuscripts and book chapters in prominent peer-reviewed journals, including Circulation Research, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Journal of the American Medical Association, Lancet, European Heart Journal, and the New England Journal of Medicine. He is a nationally recognized expert in the treatment of patients with refractory angina and acute myocardial infarction. In addition, he is a national leader in cardiovascular stem cell therapy and is a principal investigator of the National Institutes of Health Cardiovascular Cell Therapy Research Network. He is widely sought after as a guest lecturer on both the national and international level.

Henry is a recipient of numerous awards and research grants, including the Innovator Award from the American College of Cardiology, the LUMEN Global Lifetime Achievement Award in Myocardial Infarction, and the Minnesota American Heart Association Heart & Stroke Hero Award in Research. He was named one of the Best Doctors in America (2007–14) and one of Minnesota’s 100 Most Influential Health Care Leaders.

For a complete list of the graduates, please visit http://tinyurl.com/2015-UND-SMHS-Grads.

Last week to view and select new building office furnishings

Office furniture for the new building will need to be ordered in the very near future. The Furniture Committee has put forth much effort in the past year to make some decisions in that regard. At this point, it is time for employees to choose the options that will best suit their needs in the new building. To this end, a sample office and workstation mockup have been constructed in the lower Vennes Atrium and will be available for viewing until Friday, May 8, 2015. Examples of chair choices and office accessory pieces are also available for viewing; these will assist in completion of the individual selection worksheets for employees who will be located in an office setting.

Please take a moment to stop down, view, select your choices, and submit your completed worksheet to your appointed suite point of contact or Furniture Committee member.

SMHS Furniture Committee 

"Prevention and Control of Skin Cancer"—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. April's presentation was "Prevention and Control of Skin Cancer." All of the webcasts are archived for later viewing.

Social Media: Health Matters

On our Facebook page, Dean Wynne discusses the use of physical therapy and surgery to treat spinal stenosis; and the effectiveness of commercial weight-loss programs 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 healthmatters@med.und.edu.

You can also get the latest SMHS news by following the School on Twitter

University Letter: Cindy Juntunen and Sharon Carson named Chester Fritz Distinguished Professors

Faculty members Cindy Juntunen and Sharon Carson recently were greeted with the surprise of their academic careers.

In separate moments, each taking place in their respective University office locations, the longtime UND professors learned that they had been selected as the University’s newest Chester Fritz Distinguished Professors. The professorship is the highest academic honor that is bestowed at UND.

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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Fairley wins an Advanced Undergraduate Research Award

The North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR) has announced the 2015 Advanced Undergraduate Research Award (AURA) winners at the University of North Dakota. The goal of AURA is to encourage undergraduate students to consider a career that involves research in science, engineering, or mathematics.

AURA provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to participate in faculty-mentored research projects at the state’s two research universities. Participants are awarded up to $6,500 for full-time research activities during the summer session and for part-time research activities during the fall and spring semesters. Awardees are expected to apply for a nationally competitive undergraduate scholarship during their AURA experience. ND EPSCoR is supported by the National Science Foundation and the State of North Dakota at both the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University.

Among the eight winners was Jessica Fairley of Grand Forks. Her faculty mentor will be Assistant Professor Lucia Carvelli, PhD, in the Department of Basic Sciences. Jessica will participate with Carvelli in the research project titled “Epigenomic patterning associated with trans-generational inheritance of drug addiction.”

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Library of the Health Sciences hours for Reading and Review Day and finals week

Library of the Health Sciences hours for Friday, May 8, through Saturday, May 16, are the following:

  • Friday, May 8, Reading and Review Day—7:30 a.m.–6 p.m.   
  • Saturday, May 9—10 a.m.–6 p.m.  
  • Sunday, May 10—1 p.m.–midnight 
  • Monday, May 11—7:30 a.m.–midnight 
  • Tuesday, May 12—7:30 a.m.–midnight   
  • Wednesday, May 13—7:30 a.m.–midnight  
  • Thursday, May 14—7:30 a.m.–midnight   
  • Friday, May 15—7:30 a.m.–10 p.m.  
  • Saturday, May 16—10 a.m.–10 p.m. 

If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Thormodson (701) 777-4129.

Reaxys trial

The Library of the Health Sciences has arranged a 30-day trial of Reaxys & Reaxys Medicinal Chemistry.

The combination of Reaxys and Reaxys Medicinal Chemistry allows you to do the following:

  • Access over 16,000 periodicals.
  • Find structures, properties, synthesis possibilities, reactions, and bioactivity data.
  • Get inorganic, organic, and organometallic chemistry and bioactivity data through one interface.
  • Control your search by choosing from various intuitive search options.

Trial start date began on April 3 and will end on May 3, 2015.

The library would appreciate feedback. Do so by e-mailing Kelly Thormodson or calling (701) 777-4129.

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