June 23, 2017

Dr. Wynne is out of the office. His column will return next week when he does.

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


Recent Educational Policies to Review

Cultural Diversity Tuition Waiver (for all SMHS students)

View all of the School's Policies and Procedures.

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Mikaylyn Goodman

     Pharmacy Technician

Mikaylyn Goodman began employment as a pharmacy technician at the Center for Family Medicine in Minot on June 16. Her supervisor is Katherine Klein.

Sandra Monette

     Office Manager

Sandra Monette will begin her duties as office manager in the Department of Occupational Therapy on June 26. Her supervisor is Janet Jedlicka.

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Edwin C. James Lectureship and Surgical Resident Research Colloquium is today

Donald E. Fry, MD, FACS, executive vice president for clinical outcomes management at MPA Healthcare Solutions, adjunct professor of surgery at Northwestern University, and Professor Emeritus of Surgery at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, will give the Edwin C. James Lectureship at noon today, June 23, in the Brahms and Bach rooms at the Delta Hotels Marriott (formerly Ramada Plaza & Suites), 1635 42nd St. S., in Fargo. The title of Fry’s lecture is “Comparative Outcomes of Hospital Surgical Care in the United States." At MPA Healthcare Solutions, Fry provides clinical leadership in analyzing and evaluating clinical performance, guiding quality improvement, and creating incentives for coordinated, cost-effective care.

The lectureship was established in honor of Edwin C. James, MD, (1932–1994), professor and chair of the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences Department of Surgery from 1980 to 1989. James was dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences from 1988 to 1993. He founded the Surgical Residency Program at the School.

The Surgical Resident Research Colloquium will follow the lecture at 1:30 p.m. and will be held at the same location. Each resident will present a research topic that will be judged by a panel of invited physicians or faculty members. Every year the topics are chosen by the presenting resident with the research conducted under the guidance of a faculty sponsor. Time for questions and answers will follow each presentation. The top two presenters will be honored at the Chief Resident Graduation Banquet to be held following the research colloquium at 6:30 p.m. at the Delta Hotels Marriott.

The Department of Surgery at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences coordinates the lectureship and colloquium. For further information or questions, contact Geralyn Lunski, conference coordinator, (701) 777-2589.

Zen in 10

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 June 29 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®.

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

The UND SMHS is a member of the Great Plains IDeA-CTR Network, which will hold its inaugural scientific meeting on October 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. gpctr.unmc.edu | 402.552.2260

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Longmuir, Anderson, and Bucher garner Rural and Public Health Awards













Mark Longmuir, MD; Allen Anderson; and Ben Bucher earned awards at the 2017 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health held June 13–15 in Minot.

Mark Longmuir, MD, of the Mountrail County Medical Center in Stanley, N.Dak., was named as Outstanding Rural Health Provider. This award is presented to a healthcare clinician whose practice is in rural North Dakota and who has made an important contribution to their community and area.

Dr. Longmuir received his medical doctorate from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences in 2009. He completed a residency in family medicine at the Center for Family Medicine in Minot, N.Dak., in 2012 and served as chief resident in his third year. He returned to his hometown of Stanley, N.Dak., to serve those closest to his heart. He is a believer in rural health, and he has spent time in schools promoting interest in serving rural residents and advocating with medical students the need for them to serve rural communities.

Rockford Zastoupil, the administrator and CEO of the Mountrail Country Medical Center, said Longmuir’s work ethic is unmatched.

“I believe that Dr. Longmuir is probably one of the most competent and personable physicians that I’ve met in rural America,” Zastoupil said. “He has the youth that we need in this part of the country to take care of those that do not live in urban areas, and he has the wonderful skills that are needed for all of the issues that arise in a small-town rural hospital.”

Allen Anderson, Grand Forks Public Health Department, received the Public Health Worker of the Year Award. The award recognizes a North Dakota Public Health Association member who made a significant contribution in the field of public health in the past year.

Anderson graduated with a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from the University of North Dakota in 2002. Allen has worked in food safety with the North Dakota Department of Agriculture and the North Dakota Department of Health. Anderson started working at Grand Forks Public Health in 2005 in the area of nutrition and physical activity.

Theresa Knox, Nursing and Nutrition supervisor at the Grand Forks Public Health Department, nominated Anderson. She said, “Allen is passionate about collaboration in the community to address health disparities and serves in many leadership roles. His easy going attitude, leadership skills, and willingness to cooperate with others make him an asset to the community that he serves.”

Ben Bucher, Towner County Medical Center, received the Emerging Rural Leader Award. The award recognizes a new professional who has demonstrated tremendous promise for and commitment to improving the health of rural North Dakota residents.

Bucher graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2003. He went on to practice at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks for a number of years before returning to graduate school at UND and completing his family nurse practitioner degree. In 2014, Bucher completed his Master of Business Administration degree with a specialization in healthcare. He also served as a clinical instructor in the FNP Program at the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines at UND from 2015 to 2017. He joined TCMC in 2015 as the new administrator/CEO and as a family nurse practitioner. In his practice, he specializes in emergency, clinical, and hospital medicine. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is in the process of becoming a Fellow, the organization’s highest honor.

Bucher was nominated by Darrold Bertsch, CEO, Sakakawea Medical Center and Coal Country Community Health Center. Bertsch said, “Bucher isn’t your normal CEO.” In addition to his work as CEO, Ben also works as a provider in the clinic and participates in the provider ER call rotation for the hospital he leads and directs.

The Dakota Conference is a joint effort by Altru Health System of Grand Forks, the North Dakota Public Health Association, the North Dakota Rural Health Association, the UND College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines, and the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

To watch videos of all this year’s awardees visit ruralhealth.und.edu/dakota-conference/awards-archive.                                         

Kristin Trelstad
Communications Specialist
Center for Rural Health

SMHS inducts Gold Humanism Honor Society members







[From left, Seth Kalin; Vanessa Stumpf; Michael Gilchrist; Eric Christensen; Jason Greenwood; Cameron MacInnis; Nabeel Hyder; Anna Kozlowski; Grace Carson; Adria Johnson; Jennifer Raum, MD; Jon Allen, MD; Charles Christianson, MD; and John Hagan, MD.]

Ten medical students from the Doctor of Medicine Class of 2018 at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences were inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society on June 19 at the induction ceremony in Grand Forks.

Jennifer D. Raum, MD, clinical associate professor of internal medicine at the UND SMHS, and an internal medicine specialist for Sanford Health in Fargo, N.Dak., was inducted into the society as the faculty recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. Dr. Raum was the keynote speaker as well. 

Limited to fifteen percent of the senior class, the Class of 2018 inductees were selected through a process that included peer nomination and subsequent confirmation by the School’s Gold Humanism Honor Society Oversight Committee.

Honorees from the Class of 2018, and their hometowns, are the following individuals:

  • Grace Carson, Fargo, N.Dak.
  • Eric Christensen, Bismarck, N.Dak.
  • Michael Gilchrist, Bismarck, N.Dak.
  • Jason Greenwood, Fargo, N.Dak.
  • Nabeel Hyder, Bismarck, N.Dak.
  • Adria Johnson, Fargo, N.Dak.
  • Seth Kalin, Crookston, Minn.
  • Anna Kozlowski, Fargo, N.Dak.
  • Cameron MacInnis, Healdsburg, Calif.
  • Vanessa Stumpf, Mandan, N.Dak.

Committed to fostering a culture of professionalism and humanism, the School's Gold Humanism Honor Society chapter provides a formal mechanism to highlight and recognize, as a group, those students who exhibit high levels of humanistic qualities in their day-to-day lives. These qualities include integrity; sound moral reasoning; compassion and empathy toward patients; effective communication skills; the ability to engender trust and confidence among patients, staff, and colleagues; and a deep commitment to humanitarian services.

The Gold Humanism Honor Society is funded by a grant from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

Three ND Hospitals Ranked as 2017 Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals

Recently, the National Rural Health Association announced its 2017 Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals, selecting overall “Top 20 Winners” and “Top 20 Best Practice Recipients” in the areas of Quality, and Patient Satisfaction.

We’re happy to share that the following hospitals from North Dakota were honored. The press release and all related materials, including a criteria sheet, may be found here.

  • Carrington Health Center, Carrington—Overall
  • St. Luke’s Medical Center, Crosby—Overall, and Patient Satisfaction
  • West River Regional Medical Center, Hettinger—Overall                                           

Kristin Trelstad
Communications Specialist
Center for Rural Health

UND Today—"Back to nature"

"Back to nature"
UND hosts tribal students at summer event that unlocks STEM potential through hands-on research.

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

Social Media—"Health Matters: How are we treating the Zika virus?"

On our Facebook page, Dean Wynne answers questions about treating infection by the Zika virus and about the development of depression in older adults 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.

“It’s Loud Out There: Hearing Health across the Lifespan”—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. June's presentation is “It’s Loud Out There: Hearing Health across the Lifespan.” All of the webcasts are archived for later viewing.

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Three SGCoE Summer Programs

Summer is a busy time for the Seven Generations Center of Excellence in Native Behavioral Health (SGCoE) at the Center for Rural Health. The SGCoE is hosting three programs designed to help American Indian and Native Alaskan students prepare and transition from rural or reservation life into university life at the University of North Dakota.

The GRE Prep Program

For the first time, the SGCoE offered the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Prep Program. The course is a one-week UND summer residential preparatory program for American Indian and Alaska Native behavioral and allied health students. It is designed to help them prepare to take the GRE for admission to graduate school and professional programs. It is a five-day intensive workshop that prepares students to take the GRE exam. The Prep Program offers specialized instruction by University of North Dakota instructors in analytical writing, verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and offers individual assessment and advisement for each participant’s preparatory needs for the exam.  

Sixteen students participated in the course. 

Aazhogan Program

The Aazhogan Program is a four-week UND summer residential bridge program designed to assist American Indian and Alaska Native high school and transfer college students with their transition from rural or reservation life or both to university life here at UND. The program offers two college courses. Students earn five credits and learn through various resources and activities how to navigate successfully through university and academic life at UND. Students must be enrolled at the University of North Dakota in the upcoming fall semester and plan on majoring in behavioral or allied health disciplines.

There are four students in the Aazhogan Program. 

Tribal Undergraduate Research Training and Learning Experiences (TURTLE Program)

The TURTLE Program is a ten-week intensive UND summer residential research program for American Indian and Alaska Native behavioral health undergraduate students interested in learning how to conduct credible research. Students enhance their education and research experience through various hands-on projects. Students will give a presentation of their projects at a symposium at the end of the program. 

There are four students in the TURTLE Program this year.

All three of the programs are funded through the federal Health Resources and Services Administration's Center of Excellence grant.

Marvin Leier
Communications Manager
Center for Rural Health

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Applications due June 30! UND Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) Pilot Grant Program

The UND COBRE for Epigenomics of Development and Disease P20 GM104360 is announcing a new pilot grant program for 2017/2018. The funding opportunity is a short-term pilot grant program that is designed to allow researchers to generate preliminary data using epigenomics platforms to increase their ability to compete for extramural awards. This is a competitive program to support novel, innovative research that fits within the overall goal of the COBRE to promote research focused on understanding the functional role of epigenetic changes in biological systems.

Application due date: Friday, June 30, 2017, 12:00 noon

Application format: The application should consist of a single PDF file containing the following items formatted using current NIH forms. Face page; 3-page (maximum) research proposal consisting of specific aims, preliminary data, and experimental design; NIH biosketch (new format); budget and justification; and references. Include any relevant compliance information (vertebrate animals, human subjects, clinical samples, etc.) that will be needed by the NIH. Submit applications by e-mail to Mary Bohlman

Maximum award: Maximum award is $30,000; budgets requested must be fully justified.

Eligibility: All tenure-track or research-track faculty members with primary appointments at the University of North Dakota and who are performing research in basic sciences, clinical or translational sciences, population health, or related fields are eligible to apply. Postdoctoral fellows and graduate students are not eligible. Applicants are encouraged to discuss their research aims and methodology with epigenetics group members prior to submission in order to maximize synergy within the group.

Awards: Grants will be reviewed externally, and will be awarded based upon the standard NIH criteria (Significance, Approach, Innovation, Investigator, Environment), the ability to expand novel research capabilities or directions in the COBRE, and the potential for data generated to support competitive extramural proposals. Awards cannot be used to fund travel, faculty salary, or major equipment. Awardees will be expected to attend and present at COBRE group and symposium meetings, and to acknowledge the grant in publications and posters.

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Library Resources hours for Independence Day holiday

Library Resources hours for Friday, June 30, through Wednesday, July 5, are the following:    

  • Friday, June 30—7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 1—Closed
  • Sunday, July 2—Closed
  • Monday, July 3—7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 4—Independence Day—Closed
  • Wednesday, July 5—7:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m. 

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

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