July 21, 2017

UND President Mark Kennedy recently unveiled the university’s strategic plan for 2017-’22. It consists of seven goals; Goal #2 strives to increase undergraduate, graduate and professional retention and graduation rates. The SMHS recently was asked to provide data regarding our own retention and graduation rates, and I thought you might find the data interesting. Over the past decade or so, the School’s overall graduate student graduation rate is more than 94 percent, quite in keeping (or exceeding) rates at similar schools elsewhere. For example, the graduation rate for our medical students is essentially at the national average of 94 percent. Below is the breakdown of graduation rates per program at the School (for programs where we have sufficient data), and the number of graduating classes contained in the analysis.

More information on our retention/graduation rates can be found in the latest issue of Vital Signs, our annual report to the community detailing what's currently going on at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Important components of each year’s graduating classes are the participating INMED (Indians into Medicine) students. The INMED program is designed to assist American Indian students who aspire to be health professionals to meet the needs of their tribal communities. Accordingly, the INMED Program provides the following essential support services: student support and advising, financial aid advisement, and tutoring. Yesterday marked the end of this year’s INMED summer programs (Summer Institute and MCAT Prep), which better prepare American Indian students for entry into one of our health career programs. At the celebratory banquet last night, Susan and I enjoyed feeling the radiated energy, excitement, and joy of the participating summer students. The banquet also was a way for the INMED Program to say a final goodbye and thank you to former director Gene DeLorme, who retired this past spring after admirably serving the program for more than 20 years. This followed a reception to thank Gene and his wife Carolyn earlier in the day; the reception was hosted by the current interim director of the INMED Program, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions Dr. Joy Dorscher. Susan and I also had the pleasure of attending a goodbye dinner celebration with Gene, Carolyn and others the night before. As we chatted at dinner on Wednesday night, Gene recounted how he had some early misgivings about having accepted the director position in 1993, but this was soon followed by great enthusiasm for the program. As Gene said so well, “It’s all about the children.” Best wishes to Gene and Carolyn in the next phase of their lives together. But Gene—please be careful on that motorcycle!

Program Number of Graduating Classes Graduation Rate
Medical doctor (MD) 7 93%
Occupational therapy 9 96%
Physician assistant 6 95%
Physical therapy 9 94%

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

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Save the Date: White Coat Ceremony and picnic

The White Coat Ceremony for the MD Class of 2021 will be held at 5 p.m., Aug. 11 at the Alerus Center Ballroom, 1200 S. 42nd St., in Grand Forks. An indoor picnic will take place immediately following the ceremony in the Ballroom. Hope to see you there!

Submitted By Lori Sannes

Zen in 10 continues

Zen in 10 focuses on stretching, breathing, and having fun with coworkers. Go back to work with less stress, more energy, and better body functioning.

Sessions are from 10:40 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 17 on the east patio at the SMHS in Grand Forks. In inclement weather, the event will move to the Charles H. Fee, MD, Auditorium.

Services provided by Kay Williams, Certified Yoga and Relax and Renew Instructor®.

Submitted By Jessica Sobolik

Inaugural Scientific Meeting of the Great Plains IDeA-CTR Network is Oct. 23

The UND SMHS is a member of the Great Plains IDeA-CTR Network, which will hold its inaugural scientific meeting on Oct. 23–24 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Truhlsen Event Center in Omaha.

The Great Plains IDeA-CTR Network was created by a $20 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha (UNMC), the largest grant ever in the center’s history. Funding is provided through the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program and the NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Studies. It will focus on developing early career researchers into independent scientists and increasing the infrastructure and other resources needed to support clinical/translational research (CTR) around the region.

Jonathan D. Geiger, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, serves on the leadership team.

In addition to UNMC, the Nebraska institutions involved in the network include the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nebraska at Omaha, University of Nebraska at Kearney, and Boys Town National Research Hospital. Other participants are the University of South Dakota, University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University, and the University of Kansas Medical Center.

The program will highlight presentations on clinical and translational research and resources, team science, community engagement activities, a mock study review panel, and more!

Additional information to follow.

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UND Today: A better flow

UND units have come together to leverage financial aid services for an improved student experience.

More information about this and other UND news can be found in UND Today, UND's official news source.

Social Media: Dr. Fogarty helps young drowning victim

A treatment and research coducted in part by UND's Dr. Ted Fogarty has changed a young drowning victim's life. Read the Newsweek story on our Facebook page.

You can also view photos from last week's Physical Therapy Entrance Into Professional Service Ceremony.

Also on our Facebook page, Dean Wynne answers questions about treating respiratory infections and about osteoporosis in his latest Health Matters column, which can be found online 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 and Instagram.

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