Brrr! What a stretch of weather we’ve been having—and it looks like it will get really cold this weekend. Be careful out there! But the inclement weather hasn’t nipped the enthusiasm for several ongoing special projects, or the School’s daily activities of learning, teaching, service, patient care, and scientific discovery.
Plans for the new building are progressing on schedule. We’ll have another community update for the public next week, and you are invited to attend as well. The proceedings will also be available at the School’s videoconferencing locations as well as online after the event. The format will be similar to the town-hall meeting we had recently, except that updated floor plans will be available. The floor plans are close to being finalized, which should take place by the end of the calendar year. The Building Committee has done a good job trying to balance the multiple needs of users with the available space and funds. Even with total funding of $122.45 million to be spread over two biennia (plus a reserve of $1.55 million held by the State Board of Higher Education), there are trade-offs and compromises that have to be made. But we are determined to bring this project to a successful completion on time and on budget!
The other major project that is nearing a major milestone is preparation for the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) reaccreditation visit that is scheduled for March 9 through 12, 2014. Dr. Ken Ruit is coordinating our preparation efforts, and he plans to send the packet of all of our information into the LCME within the next week or so. Two major components of our submission are the Independent Student Analysis (ISA) and the institutional Self-Study Summary (SSS) that summarizes the information compiled by the faculty and staff as data are entered into the self-study database. With the submission of these items, we will be completing one of the key components of this entire process—a self-assessment exercise, one by students and one by faculty and staff, where we as an institution learn more about ourselves, and what we can do to be even better.
In reviewing the ISA, I am impressed by the great care and hard work that the students put into this project. Nearly two dozen representatives of student leadership from all four classes participated in preparing the ISA, led by Project Coordinator Craig Meiers, MS III; Survey Development Lead Andrew Mills, MS III; Data Collection and Analysis Lead Michael Jordan, MS III; and Assessment and Authorship Lead Anna Cymbaluk, MS II. And the vast majority of students completed an extensive questionnaire regarding their entire medical school experience; 91 percent of the 258 currently enrolled medical students participated. Overall, the students clearly report a very positive experience here, although they identify a number of areas for improvement. One that came through loud and clear related to student debt. I’ve already commented on the importance of mitigating student debt, especially for medical students (because they have the largest debt load) but also for other students at the SMHS as well. The students also felt that we need to do a better job with debt-counseling services. Another counseling and mentoring concern raised by the students focused on the need to augment our assistance with residency and career choices and decisions. A general issue raised by the ISA related to grading and the fairness of the appeals process.
Most of the eight instructional blocks during the first two years received high levels of satisfaction from the students, with many at the 95 percent or above level as to overall course quality. There were some notable exceptions, and you can be sure that we are addressing those areas that didn’t score as high. The assessment of student experience in the third and fourth years was positive as well, with some areas identified for attention and improvement. As has been the case before, the family medicine clerkship won highest honors, with an incredible overall satisfaction score by the students of some 98 percent, followed closely by pediatrics, psychiatry, surgery, and OB-GYN.
You can expect to learn much more about the outcomes of the self-study in advance of the March survey visit. Stay tuned for how and when.
I’d like to extend the School’s great appreciation for the wonderful efforts of our medical students, and especially to Craig Meiers and his colleagues on the ISA Steering Committee. With their help, our great school is becoming even better!
Joshua Wynne, MD, MBA, MPH
UND Vice President for Health Affairs
Dean, UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences
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Gaultney will present research seminar on December 11
Robert Gaultney, a graduate student in the Microbiology and Immunology Program in the Department of Basic Sciences, will be presenting his research seminar titled “Lyme Spirochete Interactions with Host Factors and Implications for Human Disease” on Wednesday, December 11, at 1 p.m. in Room 5510 at the SMHS in Grand Forks.
All are welcome to attend.
Department of Basic Sciences
Community invited to update on new UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences building on Dec. 12
The community is invited to attend an informational meeting to learn about progress on design and construction of North Dakota's new School of Medicine and Health Sciences building. Questions and comments from the public are invited. The event will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, in the Reed Keller Auditorium at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences at 501 North Columbia Road. Parking is free.
Randy Eken, MPA, associate dean for Administration and Finance of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, will provide an update of planning and construction status, as well as a timeline for the project. Joshua Wynne, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H., UND vice president for Health Affairs and dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, will review the latest facility plan for the SMHS campus. The design team from JLG Architects and JLG's design partners from Perkins+Will and Steinberg Architects will outline schematic plans for each floor. Read more.
Annual Holiday Luncheon is December 12
Please join us for the Annual Holiday Luncheon on Thursday, December 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Vennes Atrium at the SMHS in Grand Forks.
Hope to see you there!
Office of the Dean
"Multidisciplinary Management of Retroperitoneal Sarcoma” is Surgery Grand Rounds topic on Dec. 20
Richard J. Gray, MD, FACS, consultant, Section of Surgical Oncology, program director, General Surgery Residency, and associate professor of surgery at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Phoenix, Ariz., is our visiting speaker for the December 20 Surgery Grand Rounds. He will present "Multidisciplinary Management of Retroperitoneal Sarcoma” in the UND Medical Education Center Auditorium in Fargo on Friday, December 20, from 8 to 9 a.m. For further information on viewing sites and continuing medical education credit, please read more.
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
Conference and Faculty Coordinator
Department of Surgery
Scrubs Academy I—June 9–12, 2014
What? R-COOL-Health Scrubs Academy I
When? June 9–12, 2014
Where? The University of North Dakota
Why? To learn what health care professionals do in FUN and INTERACTIVE ways!
Who? Any North Dakota student who has completed sixth, seventh, or eighth grade.
You'll get to dissect an eyeball and a heart, interact with human simulators medical students use, become certified in Friends and Family CPR and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and learn about many different body systems and how health care professionals work with those systems. Professions you will learn about are the following:
Medical Laboratory Science
And many more!
Interested in attending? Apply at ruralhealth.und.edu/projects/scrubs-program/academy.
Deadline for applying is February 19, 2014.
Questions? Kylie Nissen, (701) 777-5380
Save the Date: 2014 Dakota Conference on Rural & Public Health
The 2014 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health will be June 18–20 at the Alerus Conference Center in Grand Forks. Reserve your room today. Read more.
Kylie Nissen, Project Coordinator
Center for Rural Health
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"Community Water Fluoridation: A Vital 21st Century Public Health Intervention"—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. December's presentation is "Community Water Fluoridation: A Vital 21st Century Public Health Intervention." All of the webcasts are archived for later viewing.
Social Media: Professors comment on virtual cadavers and also on research ethics
On our Facebook page, Assistant Professor Jon Jackson is quoted in an article about virtual cadavers and Associate Professor Eric Murphy is quoted in an article from the journal Nature about research ethics and whistle-blowing.
Also on our Facebook page, don't miss Dean Wynne's 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: 45th Annual Writers Conference set for April 2-4
The UND Writers Conference is pleased to announce that the 45th Annual UND Writers Conference, “Imagine: A Literary Festival on the Prairie,” will take place April 2–4, 2014. Our aim with this theme is to bring together as many people as possible with an interest in arts and humanities in order to celebrate our four-and-a-half-decade long tradition of creating an opportunity to discuss literature and the arts in our community (on campus and beyond).
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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Library of the Health Sciences Reading and Review Day and Finals Week hours
Library of the Health Sciences hours for December 13 through December 21 are the following:
Reading and Review Day, Friday, December 13—7:30 a.m.–10 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 14—10 a.m.–10 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 15—1:00 p.m.–midnight
Monday–Thursday, Dec. 16–Dec. 19—7:30 a.m.–midnight
Friday, Dec. 20—8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 21—1 p.m.–5 p.m.
If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Thormodson (701) 777-4129.
Library offers technology, more than you may know
The Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences has several mobile technology options for you to checkout.
We provide laptops. If you are like me, who recently had computer problems, it was nice to have this option for a couple of days while I figured out what was wrong.
In addition, we have several iPad minis. These minis have useful apps preloaded for you to explore and use for studying or assignments or just to see what is out there. Apps included are the following:
CORE–Clinical ORthopedic Exam
Bluefire Reader (which allows mobile viewing of our subscription EBSCO e-books)
NLM drug portal (mobile website, not an app)
In addition, we have one iPad with all the first- and second-year medical school texts available on it if you would like to experience what it would be like to not have physical textbooks for a day.
Finally, COMING SOON, we will have a couple of Microsoft Surfaces as well. If you have wanted to explore this tablet, here is your chance.
Kelly Thormodson, MLIS, Assistant Director
Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences
"Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine" an exhibit
Many histories have been written about medical care during the American Civil War, but the participation and contributions of African Americans as nurses, surgeons, and hospital workers have often been overlooked. Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses and how their service as medical providers challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender pushing the boundaries of the role of African Americans in America.
The History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine is pleased to provide you with this exceptional traveling exhibition, which will be on display in the Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences from November 5 to December 14. Read more.
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Admissions and Records Officer
Sharon Bruggeman began employment as admissions and records officer in the Office of Student Affairs and Admissions on November 11. Her supervisor is Yvette LaPierre.
Carmen Hickle began employment as resource facilitator at the Center for Rural Health located in the Center for Family Medicine in Bismarck on December 2. Her supervisor is Rebecca Quinn.
Allyssa Olson began employment as resource facilitator at the Center for Rural Health on December 2. Her supervisor is Rebecca Quinn.
Director of Advisement and Admissions
Yvette LaPierre will begin employment as the director of advisement and admissions in the Office of Student Affairs and Admissions on December 19. Her supervisor will be Joycelyn Dorscher.
Dawn Wuori began employment as a billing clerk at the Center for Family Medicine in Bismarck on November 18. Her supervisor is Linda Fleck.
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