The big news this week—not only for the SMHS but all of higher education and other state agencies—obviously was the state budget situation. As you undoubtedly are aware, the state’s revenue collections for the 2015–2017 biennium are and are projected to continue to be down significantly. Accordingly, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple has ordered a 4.05 percent reduction in the current biennial funding for almost all state agencies, including the SMHS. Because we are already more than seven months into the biennium, it’s effectively about a 5.7 percent cut of remaining funds. As I mentioned last week, we will deal with this funding challenge by sticking to our mission, prioritizing, and striving to be fair. Because the governor’s announcement was made less than five days ago, the details of what will be required by the North Dakota University System and UND through President Schafer are yet to be fully fleshed out. Once we have more details, I’ll be able to inform you more fully.
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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
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.
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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Mohr achieves national certification from TBLC
Peggy Mohr, PT, PhD, a professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, achieved certification from the international Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC). The TBLC will recognize Mohr’s achievement at its 15th annual meeting March 3–5 in Albuquerque, N.Mex.
The Team-Based Learning Collaborative is an international, not-for-profit, and volunteer-supported organization that encourages the use of team-based learning (TBL). TBL is an evidence-based educational tool where student teams are responsible for researching, developing, and conveying course concepts. The students are guided by an instructor who has specialized training in TBL.
In his letter announcing Mohr’s certification, Paul Koles, MD, the chair of the TBLC Training and Certification Committee, noted that the reviewers at the TBLC were impressed with the quality of Mohr’s portfolio. Koles, the chair of the Department of Pathology at the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, said, “We congratulate you on this well-deserved achievement.”
Through the help of her colleagues, Mohr transitioned a traditional lecture course to a team-based learning approach in 2013. Since that time, she has continued to work with her physical therapy colleagues to incorporate active-learning strategies in additional courses. This collaborative work was the basis of Mohr’s acceptance into the TBLC Training and Accreditation Program in 2014. She completed her rigorous two-year development program and earned her certification as a TBLC Training Consultant in January 2016 after demonstrating her capability in developing and facilitating the delivery of TBL courses and in mentoring and supporting others in implementing TBL. As a training consultant, Mohr joins an international network of trainers and mentors who support faculty and institutions in implementing and improving TBL course delivery.
“The physical therapy program has always incorporated active learning strategies for clinical skills,” said David Relling, PT, PhD, associate professor of physical therapy and chair of the SMHS Department of Physical Therapy. “With team-based learning, Dr. Mohr brought the same student engagement, collaboration and higher order thinking into the classroom. She has skillfully transitioned multiple courses into the TBL format because it promotes critical attributes for today’s healthcare environment, such as problem-solving skills, communication, personal accountability, and collaboration. Dr. Mohr’s recognized expertise in development and implementation of TBL will be a tremendous asset for the department and school as we move to a building where the design facilitates active learning strategies.”
“My peers during TBL training were amazed when they learned that the UND SMHS’s new building is designed to enhance and foster active learning pedagogies,” Mohr said. “The new building for the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences is evidence that North Dakota is at the apex of teaching healthcare professionals.”
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Occupational Therapy Student Conference is a success
On Saturday, January 30, the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences Department of Occupational Therapy student members of Pi Theta Epsilon Honor Society, the University of Mary Pi Theta Epsilon chapter, and the North Dakota State College of Science cosponsored the 9th Annual North Dakota Occupational Therapy Student Conference in Fargo. Topics shared by the four speakers included occupational therapy’s role in aquatic therapy and the neonatal intensive care unit, what it’s like to be a traveling therapist, and the first-year experience as a practicing occupational therapist.
We are very proud to report a packed house of 103 attendees. Five area occupational therapy programs were represented: University of North Dakota SMHS; University of Mary in Bismarck, N.Dak.; ND State School of Science in Wahpeton; Northland Community and Technical College in East Grand Forks, Minn., and Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, S.Dak.
Kelsey Glatt, UND Occupational Therapy Student
Sonia Zimmerman, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Seema Somji and Bethany Davis to serve as officers for Northland Chapter of Society of Toxicology
The Northland Chapter of the Society of Toxicology elected Seema Somji, PhD, and Bethany Davis to serve as officers. Somji, an associate professor in the Department of Pathology, will serve as a councillor, and Davis is the graduate student representative.
The Northland Chapter of the Society of Toxicology is one of 18 regional chapters dedicated to supporting the development and application of sound science in the field of toxicology.
Mary Ann Sens
"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: Photos from Physician Assistant White Coat Ceremony
View photos of the Physician Assistant Class of 2017 White Coat Ceremony on the SMHS Flickr page.
On our Facebook page, in a KVLY TV interview, Professor Mary Ann Sens, MD, PhD, chair of the Department of Pathology at the SMHS, says drugs now claim more lives in the Red River Valley than car accidents.
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: Seven presidential candidates will be invited to interview on campus
The University of North Dakota presidential search committee interviewed presidential candidates in-person in Minneapolis to narrow the list of 16 candidates to seven.
"I was highly impressed with the level of experience that these individuals brought to our search and the specific qualifications each one has to meet the needs of our students and build our campus legacy into the future," UND Presidential Search Committee Cochair Hesham El-Rewini said. "We look forward to each candidate visiting our university to meet our faculty, staff, students, and community members. These visits will be essential in showcasing our beautiful campus and engaging our various constituents in the process.”
“We are pleased with the wealth of experience embodied by the candidates of this presidential search,” UND Presidential Search Committee Cochair Grant Shaft said. “As we progress through the next phase of this search we are confident that we will discover who will be the best fit to serve the campus and community.”
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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