Congratulations and best wishes are in order for two long-standing members of the UND SMHS family who will be retiring soon. A reception was held yesterday to honor Dr. Vikki McCleary for her nearly three decades of teaching at UND, and one will be held later today to recognize Kathleen Spencer for her 27 years of service, the last 13 of which have been at our Center for Rural Health. Congratulations and best wishes to both!

I don’t have much more to report regarding the budget situation other than to say that we are following with interest the ongoing deliberations of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The members of the committee certainly recognize the importance of their work to the students and people of North Dakota, and I am sure that they earnestly are trying to find the optimal path forward in these challenging times. I don’t anticipate that the committee will require any further testimony from us. Our next opportunity to testify likely will be before the House Appropriations Committee (Education and Environment Division) likely sometime in mid-March. Until then the five deans (Drs. Basson, Dorscher, Halaas, Mohr, and Mr. Eken) will continue meeting with each department and unit within the School to identify options to deal with the budget challenge. Each department and unit will come up with a plan for a 90 percent appropriated budget by the end of February, but final decisions likely won’t be made until April. Nevertheless, when we identify clear opportunities to save funds, especially if they involve a new or better way to deliver a needed service (educational or otherwise), we don’t plan to wait before implementing change.

Additionally, as discussed at the most recent meeting of the Faculty Academic Council (FAC) this past Monday, I plan to involve FAC in these deliberations. We will seek FAC’s advice on our tentative budget plans, especially in matters tied to our academic mission, which involves most of the activities at the School. The School’s budget will become much clearer over the next few weeks and month or two.

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

Standards of Capacity (for medical students)

View all of the School's Policies and Procedures.

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Melissa Wheeler

     Research Specialist

Melissa Wheeler began employment as a research specialist in the Center for Rural Health on February 1. Her supervisor is Jacque Gray.

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Cody Pratt will present today's Surgery Grand Rounds

Cody Pratt, MD, Program Year III Surgery Resident in the Department of Surgery, will be presenting his talk titled "Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy and Cytoreductive Surgery” from Clinic B2 at Sanford Health in Fargo today, February 10, from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.

The objectives of his talk are the following:

  1. Explain the history of HIPEC.
  2. Discuss the proposed rationale for HIPEC.
  3. Describe the current indications for cytoreductive surgery and HIPEC.
  4. Discuss the current methods used for HIPEC.

This Surgery Grand Rounds Conference, sponsored by the UND School of Medicine 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
Administrative Assistant
Conference & Faculty Coordinator
Department of Surgery

Celebrate Kathleen Spencer today

Please join us for a reception honoring Kathleen Spencer today, February 10, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the West Atrium on the first floor at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Grand Forks.

Kathleen is retiring after 27 years of service to the University of North Dakota. She has been with the Rural Health Information Hub at the Center for Rural Health for the last 13 of those years.

Refreshments will be served.

Nikki Massmann
Communication Coordinator
Center for Rural Health

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 9:00 a.m. to 9:10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 14 through March 16, in the Charles H. Fee, MD, Auditorium (E101) at the SMHS in Grand Forks.

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

Healthcare Educator's Third Aim: Assessment is February 15

In previous ER Corners and AEIS workshops, you've learned about the first two of the "triple aims" of healthcare education:

  1. the identification of real-world, behavioral outcomes, and
  2. the generation of measurable learning objectives that align with those outcomes.

Join Dr. Richard Van Eck, associate dean for Teaching and Learning, for a faculty development workshop on the third part of the healthcare educator's triple aim—assessment—from noon to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15, in Room E422 at the SMHS in Grand Forks (off-site see below).

Participants will learn the following:

  • About different modes of assessment (rubrics, multiple choice, etc.)
  • How to set standards for performance and mastery
  • How to create multiple items that measure the same objective in different ways

Snacks provided; bring your own lunch if desired.

Click this link to register. Please register—(required) to attend in person—by the end of today, February 10, so we have an accurate head count.

This workshop will be available for participation from off-site.

  • Click HERE for LIVE viewing of the recording
    • Use the same credentials used to log onto Blackboard
  • Click HERE to download instructions prior to workshop
  • Attend on your campus for interactive session: Bismarck, Campus "C"; Fargo, 225; or Grand Forks, E422
  • Watch recorded session at your convenience at a later date

Contact Shae Samuelson (701) 777-6150 for more information.

SGCoE Lunch & Learn with Spero M. Manson, PhD, is February 16

The Seven Generations Center of Excellence in Native Behavioral Health (SGCoE) is hosting a Lunch & Learn with Spero M. Manson, PhD, from noon to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 16, in the Charles H. Fee, MD, Auditorium (E101) at the SMHS in Grand Forks.

Manson's presentation titled “Pursuing Rigorous Science of Local Benefit: 35 Years of Behavioral Health Research in Indian Country” traces one path in Dr. Manson’s scientific journey over the last three and a half decades, highlighting key findings from a series of studies that generated new knowledge, informed programmatic applications, and stimulated other novel lines of inquiry. He will discuss his psychiatric epidemiological work among several of the largest reservation-based tribes in the United States, first with American Indian Vietnam veterans, and then the civilian populations of their respective communities. The findings from these studies led to major innovations in reimbursement for care and creative approaches to addressing the unmet mental health needs of this special population. He will also summarize current extensions of this work that underscore the contributions of trauma to risk of cardiovascular disease and of depression to the treatment of diabetes.

Lunch will be served. There is no charge for this presentation or meal, but an RSVP is required for an accurate headcount for the meal. Please RSVP here.

Spero M. Manson, PhD, (Pembina Chippewa) is Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry, directs the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health, and serves as associate dean of Research in the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Center. His programs include 10 national centers, totaling $63 million in sponsored research, program development, training, and collaboration with 250 Native communities, spanning rural, reservation, urban, and village settings across the country. Dr. Manson has published 200 articles on the assessment, epidemiology, treatment, and prevention of physical, alcohol, drug, as well as mental health problems over the developmental life span of Native people. Dr. Manson is widely acknowledged as one of the nation’s leading authorities in regard to Indian and Native health.

Kristin Trelstad, BS
Communication Specialist
Center for Rural Health

Enej Gasevic will present Surgery Grand Rounds on February 17

Enej Gasevic, MD, associate program director and assistant professor of surgery, will be presenting his talk titled "“Ballistic Trauma for Surgeon” from Clinic B2 at Sanford Health in Fargo on Friday, February 17, from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.

The objectives of his talk are the following:

  1. Recognize the types of firearms that are responsible for the penetrating traumatic injuries presenting to civilian practice.
  2. Understand terminal ballistics as relevant to the practice of medicine.
  3. Describe the scope of the problem in our healthcare associated with the above injuries.
  4. Explain how to avoid legal pitfalls associated with treating victims of ballistic trauma.

This Surgery Grand Rounds Conference, sponsored by the UND School of Medicine 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
Administrative Assistant
Conference & Faculty Coordinator
Department of Surgery

Thomas L. Schwenk, MD, presents next Dean's Hour on February 23

Thomas L. Schwenk, MD, professor of Family Medicine, dean of the School of Medicine and vice president of Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno, is the next Dean's Hour Speaker at noon on Thursday, February 23, in the Charles H. Fee, MD, Auditorium (E101) at the SMHS in Grand Forks. The title of his presentation is “Mental Illness in Medical Students and Residents—The Crisis and Some Possible Solutions.”  

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/SE/?SID=SV_bNS8s4BptKDQXjL

This presentation will be broadcast to the following UND SMHS campus sites:

  • Bismarck, Southwest Campus, Room 2108.
  • Fargo, Southeast Campus, Room 219.
  • Minot, Northwest Campus Office–Trinity Location.

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.

Joshua Wynne presents Dean's Hour on March 2

Joshua Wynne, MD, MBA, MPH, vice president for Health Affairs; dean, UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences; and cardiologist, Sanford Health and Altru Health System, is the Dean's Hour Speaker at noon on Thursday, March 2, in the Charles H. Fee, MD, Auditorium (E101) at the SMHS in Grand Forks. The title of his presentation is “Practical Electrocardiography: Arrhythmias.”  

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/SE/?SID=SV_8HBAqFbJ0LzDqiF:

This presentation will be broadcast to the following UND SMHS campus sites:

  • Bismarck, Southwest Campus, Room 2108.
  • Fargo, Southeast Campus, Room 219.
  • Minot, Northwest Campus Office–Trinity Location.

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.

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Germundson awarded Pfizer Society of Toxicology Undergraduate Student Travel Award

Danielle Germundson, a UND undergraduate student performing research in the laboratory of Assistant Professor Kumi Combs, PhD, in the Department of Pathology, has been awarded a Pfizer Society of Toxicology Undergraduate Student Travel Award to attend the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Society of Toxicology (SOT) in Baltimore, Maryland. Around 6,500 toxicologists and 350 exhibitors attend the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo, the largest gathering of industry, governmental, and academic toxicologists in the world.

The Society of Toxicology and Pfizer will provide complimentary registration for the meeting and access to all sessions, travel to and from the meeting, lodging, and a stipend to offset daily and miscellaneous food and travel expenses. The award provides for participation in the Undergraduate Education Program on Sunday, March 12, which includes special toxicology lectures, tips on graduate school admission, and an opportunity to meet with graduate program directors. The Pfizer Award will be recognized at the SOT Awards Ceremony on March 12 in the Convention Center. An opportunity to network with Pfizer scientists will also be provided as will recognition of the award at a special Pfizer event.

In addition, Germundson will also present her poster on research performed as part of the UND SMHS Summer Undergraduate Research Program. Her presentation is titled “Food Allergen-Induced Behavioral Abnormality is Correlated with Mast Cell Accumulation and Glial Cell Activation in the Murine Central Nervous System.” Germundson’s research was supported by an Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under grant number P20GM103442.

Karen Cisek
Project Coordinator
Department of Pathology

Malheim earns simulation operations certification

Amy Malheim, MS, Simulation in Motion North Dakota (SIM–ND) and Simulation Center administrative director, met the rigorous requirements and passed the certifying exam to become  a Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist (CHSOS) from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare last week at the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare 2017 (IMSH 2017) in Orlando, Florida.

Amy received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from NDSU and her Master of Science in Accounting from Ball State University. As program director for SIM-ND, a statewide mobile simulation program designed to bring simulation education to all ND EMS units and critical access hospitals, Amy coordinates with various local, regional, and state entities to ensure all areas of North Dakota are reached. Within the Simulation Center, she manages the outreach program, which focuses on integrating simulation education into the university curriculum.

SIMlympics 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




On February 6 and 7, first- and second-year medical students participated in SIMlympics—an optional, fun, non-graded, simulation learning opportunity done in the setting of a competition. Each team had 10 minutes to handle an acute-care scenario in front of a panel of judges. Students were scored on professionalism, clinical reasoning, teamwork, communication, empathy, and their focused history and physical.

Medical students from the School's Emergency Medicine Interest Group—Kadra Kalamaha, Shelley Kirkham, Alanna Velo, and Ciciley Littlewolf—and staff from the Simulation Center organized and conducted the event.

A huge thank you to Dr. Jon Allen, Dr. Ralph Levitt, Dr. Eric Johnson, Dr. Joycelyn Dorscher, and Dr. Julia de la Garza for serving as judges, and to the Simulation Center staff members for putting in extra hours to pull off this great event. And congratulations to Travis Flick, Hunter Row, Ryan Brown, and Andy Lesser for taking home the "gold" for first years, and to Neil Antonson, Kate Berg, Taylor Studsrud, and Sean Henley for the second years!

In the photo, second-year medical student Britta Stjern performs a cardiopulmonary assessment on the simulator while her teammates David Anderson, Mylan Panteah, and Melissa Gunderson discuss their treatment plan.

Stephanie Flyger
Project CoordinatorSHaPE Program
Simulation Center

School shows support for National Wear Red Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




On February 3, faculty, staff, and students showed their support for women's heart disease and stroke prevention on National Wear Red Day!

Sponsor/Exhibit at the 2017 Dakota Conference

2017 Sponsor/Exhibitor Registration Now Open
June 13–15, 2017
Holiday Inn Riverside, Minot

On behalf of the Dakota Conference Planning Committee, you are invited to sponsor the 2017 Dakota Conference. Space is limited, so register now! We have additional options this year for sponsors. Choose the level that suits your needs!

Two ways to register:

Sponsor registration deadline is 11:59 p.m. CST Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

The Dakota Conference is Coordinated and Facilitated by
Center for Rural Health, University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS)

Supported by

Questions?
Contact Kylie Nissen or (701) 777-5380.

Social Media—SMHS settles into new facility

On our Facebook page, read the Grand Forks Herald article about the SMHS settling into our new facility.

Also on our Facebook page, Dean Wynne answers questions about hardening of the arteries 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

UND Today—Into the poverty line

Students get crash course in what it’s like to not make ends meet in simulation designed to develop more societal empathy.

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

"Overcoming Barriers to Medication Adherence for Chronic Diseases"—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 "Overcoming Barriers to Medication Adherence for Chronic Diseases." All of the webcasts are archived for later viewing.

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Rigor and Transparency in Research

To support the highest quality science, public accountability, and social responsibility in the conduct of science, the National Institutes of Health’s Rigor and Transparency efforts are intended to clarify expectations and highlight four areas that may need more explicit attention by applicants and reviewers:

  • Scientific premise
  • Scientific rigor
  • Consideration of relevant biological variables
  • Authentication of key biological and/or chemical resources

See notice NOT-OD-16-011 and other related announcements that are listed in this notice. 

Please note that reviewers are being asked to pay close attention to these items.

Diane Hillebrand, CRA
Grants Manager

New guidelines regarding the Vertebrate Animals Section of proposals

New guidelines regarding the Vertebrate Animals Section of proposals has been changed and is in place—NOT-OD-16-006. The changes were made to remove redundancy with the review of animal study protocols by Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees while still meeting the requirements of the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.

The Vertebrate Animals Section (VAS) has been simplified by the following changes:

  1. a description of veterinary care is no longer required;
  2. justification for the number of animals has been moved from the VAS; and
  3. the method of euthanasia has been moved from the VAS.

Mandatory PHS Financial Conflict of Interest Education sessions

The Public Health Service (PHS) has recently revised its policy for requiring all PHS grantees or those considering submitting to 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 & Economic Development will be conducting sessions on the following dates:

  • Monday, March 27, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Memorial Union Presidents Room
  • Thursday, April 13, from 11:00 a.m. to noon in the Memorial Union Presidents Room

You only need to attend one of the sessions if you have not already done so. Training is necessary every four years. 

The sessions will be presented by Barry Milavetz, PhD, associate vice president for Research and Economic Development.

PHS agencies include

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
  • Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
  • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
  • Indian Health Service (IHS)
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

If you have questions, please contact Barry Milavetz, PhD, (701) 777-4151.  

Diane Hillebrand, CRA
Grants Manager

USDA GF Human Nutrition Research Center seeks study participants

The United States Department of Agriculture Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center is seeking participants for two research studies.

  • Fish for HEALTH! 
    Are you interested in cardiovascular health? Would you like to eat more fish? The USDA Human Nutrition Research Center is seeking men and women, ages 20–70, to determine whether eating rainbow trout with different omega-3 levels reduces heart disease risk markers. Receive up to $500 for completing the study.
  • Acute Effects of Fats on Satiety & Energy Needs
    Women on contraception: are you satisfied when you eat? The USDA is looking for female participants, ages 18–50, to join our study to assess how dietary fat affects energy metabolism and feelings of fullness after eating. Receive up to $530, or a 13-month individual membership, or a 9-month family membership at Choice Health & Fitness, to be paid at the conclusion of the study.

For more information, and to see if you qualify, check out our website, or contact Vanessa Thyne, Biological Laboratory Technician, Dietary Prevention of Disease Research Unit, Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center, (701) 795-8493.

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Library of the Health Sciences hours for Presidents' Day holiday weekend

Library of the Health Sciences hours for February 17 through February 20 are the following:

  • Friday, Feb. 17—7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 18—Closed
  • Sunday, Feb. 19—Closed
  • Monday, Feb. 20, Presidents' Day—10 a.m.–8 p.m.

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

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