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School of Medicine and Health Sciences


Grand Forks, ND

December 19, 2014

As activity at UND and the School winds down before the winter break, preparations for the upcoming legislative session are gearing up. The higher education funding bill (that includes the SMHS operating and capital budget requests) will be considered first in the House Appropriations Committee next month, and subsequently by the Senate Appropriations Committee. We have been notified that the first testimony likely will be during the week of January 19, 2015, so I expect to be traveling to Bismarck some time that week.

This past Wednesday, several of us attended the winter meeting of the SMHS Advisory Council that was held in Bismarck. We discussed a variety of important topics; you can review the agenda here. In addition to discussing the upcoming legislative session, we also reviewed the latest iteration of the Biennial Report on health issues facing the state of North Dakota. Now in its third edition, the Report is a detailed look at the status of health, healthcare delivery, and the healthcare workforce across the state. It is the most up-to-date and comprehensive analysis of these issues available anywhere, and is the result of a collaborative effort of the Center for Rural Health, the School, and the School’s Advisory Council. Chaired by Altru Hospital CEO Dave Molmen, the SMHS Advisory Council is charged by the state Legislature with advising the School, the Legislature, UND, and other healthcare organizations regarding the School’s strategic direction and the effectiveness of its various programs and efforts. The council has become a very effective and respected group. Its recommendations are most useful to the School’s senior management team as we work to move the SMHS forward and try to maximize its positive impact on the state, whether through healthcare workforce development, research, or service to the people in all of North Dakota’s 53 counties.

And yesterday, I had my last official lesson with the second-year medical students for this year when I administered their final examination regarding cardiac clinical skills. During this exam, the students listen to a manikin that is programmed to produce various heart sounds and murmurs. The students need to apply the knowledge and skills that they have been perfecting over the past eight weeks to correctly diagnose the specific condition portrayed. The students invariably perform very well, as they did yesterday. It truly is gratifying to compare their clinical skills performance at the start and the end of the block, and to see firsthand just how far they have come in a short two months.

Finally, Susan and I would like to extend to all of you our best wishes this holiday season, and to thank those of you who work so hard on behalf of our students. Enjoy the holidays, and see you again next year. In celebration of Christmas and the New Year, E-News will also take a rest for the next two weeks and reappear on January 9, 2015. Until then, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Joshua Wynne, MD, MBA, MPH
UND Vice President for Health Affairs
Dean, UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences

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"Top 10 Changes in Trauma Over the Last 25 Years" is today's Surgery Grand Rounds topic

Mary O. Aaland, MD, director of the Division of Rural Surgery and associate professor of surgery at the SMHS, will be presenting her talk titled “Top 10 Changes in Trauma Over the Last 25 Years” from the Auditorium at the UND Medical Education Center in Fargo from 8 to 9 a.m. today, December 19.

The objectives of her talk are the following:

  1. List the major changes in trauma
  2. List benefits of non-operative treatment of intra-abdominal injuries
  3. List challenges for surgical education
  4. Identify car safety features that have helped save lives

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 and Faculty Coordinator
Department of Surgery

Faculty Assembly is January 14

The Faculty Assembly has been set for 4 p.m. (central time) on Wednesday, January 14, in the Clifford Haugen Lecture Hall at the UND SMHS in Grand Forks. Please place this important meeting on your calendar. Dr. Joshua Wynne, UND vice president for Health Affairs and dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, will be presenting the "State of the School Address" at this time. We encourage all faculty members to attend. 

Faculty at our other campuses can connect to the event through videoconference at the following sites:

  • Bismarck–Conference Room 2108
  • Fargo–Room 122 (Auditorium)
  • Minot–Northwest Campus Conference Room–Trinity Location

We look forward to seeing you there.

Linda Anderson
Administrative Assistant
Education and Faculty Affairs

Save the Date—Department of Occupational Therapy annual workshop and luncheon is February 20

Please save February 20, 2015, for the Department of Occupational Therapy annual workshop and luncheon. The workshop is from 7:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Lecture Bowl at the UND Memorial Union in Grand Forks.

Joette Zola, OTR/L, STAR/C, will present a 1/2-day workshop titled "Mild to Moderate Cognitive Impairment: Connecting the dots between research, clinical practice & patients." Joette is an experienced and talented occupational therapist who works with clients at the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in Minneapolis, Minn., and we are thrilled she is willing to share her expertise with us.

A luncheon will follow the workshop for those who wish to attend. We hope to see you there.

For more information and a registration form, please read more. Please return the registration form and payment (checks only please) by January 24.

For more information, please contact Associate Professor Anne Haskins, PhD, OTR/L.

Scrubs Academy now taking applications for 2015

The Fourth Annual R-COOL-Health Scrubs Academy is taking place June 15–18, 2015, at the University of North Dakota campus in Grand Forks. It is open to students who have completed Grades 6–8. The academy encourages middle-school students from across North Dakota to pursue a career in healthcare by participating in hands-on activities related to a variety of healthcare professions.

Applications are due February 18, 2015. 

Save the Date! 2015 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health, June 2–4

2015 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health

June 2–4, 2015
Grand International Hotel, Minot, North Dakota

Reserve your room today!
Toll Free: 800.735.4493

Visit the Dakota Conference website for further details.

The Dakota Conference is facilitated by the

  • Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences 

The conference is supported by

  • Altru Health System
  • College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines (UND)
  • Department of Family and Community Medicine (UND SMHS)
  • North Dakota Public Health Association
  • North Dakota Rural Health Association

Contact Kylie Nissen

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Congratulations, Department of Basic Sciences PhDs!

Four graduate students in the Department of Basic Sciences will receive their PhDs at UND's Commencement at 10 a.m today at the Chester Fritz Auditorium.

  • Syedharis Ali—Anatomy and Cell Biology Program—mentor, Dr. Kenneth Ruit.
  • Sathyavathi Challa—Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program—mentor, Dr. Roxanne Vaughan.
  • Ashley Fink—Microbiology and Immunology Program—mentor, Dr. David Bradley.
  • Micah Schott—Anatomy and Cell Biology Program—mentor, Dr. Bryon Grove. 

E-News will not be published on December 26 or January 2

Today's issue is the final E-News for 2014. E-News will not be published on December 26 or January 2.

The first E-News of 2015 will be published on January 9.

2015 wall calendar is available for download

A 2015 wall calendar is available for download and printing on either 8 1/2" x 11" or 11" x 17" paper.

"Climate Change and Health—From Science to Practice"—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 "Climate Change and Health—From Science to Practice." All of the webcasts are archived for later viewing.

Social Media: Congrats to Dr. Jack Lind, BS Med '60, on a well-deserved retirement!

On our Facebook page, read the Fargo Forum article about Dr. Jack Lind's well-deserved retirement. 

Also on our Facebook page, Dean Wynne answers questions about osteoporosis, and Ebola 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

You can also get the latest SMHS news by following the School on Twitter

University Letter: Today's commencement will be broadcast and live-streamed

Nearly 900 University of North Dakota students are eligible to receive degrees during Winter Commencement events to be held today, Dec. 19, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium on campus.

Professional and graduate degrees will be presented at a 10 a.m. ceremony at the Fritz. Recent updates show that 21 juris doctoral, 33 doctoral, and 190 master’s degrees will be awarded.

At 2 p.m., UND will host a ceremony for undergraduates. UND President Robert Kelley will preside over both events.

Watch the events

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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Labguru—electronic lab notebook and lab management software—now available for faculty and students

The electronic lab notebook and lab management software—Labguru—was recently purchased by funds from the Department of Basic Sciences, the School of Medicine and Health Sciences Information Resources group, and the Epigenetics COBRE.

The software features the ability to keep an electronic notebook, streamline ordering, and manage collections such as laboratory strains, cell lines, compounds, animals, and lipids. The software also allows laboratories on the system to collaborate on projects between different investigators. The software solution also manages use of shared equipment and reagents across the entire department, allowing users to schedule time on equipment or, for example, see if someone in the department has a cell line instead of having to order it from a company or other source. Users can also take images of their experimental results with their smartphones and directly upload the images to their Labguru account. The software and data are maintained on servers at the SMHS for data security. Backups of the data are created daily on servers elsewhere on campus to ensure data integrity and ensure against data loss.

Labguru offers many training and how-to videos on their website to allow a user to become familiar with the electronic interface. In addition, several training sessions are being planned to help faculty and students get the most out of this powerful software package.

For more information, please contact Associate Professor Keith Henry, PhD. 

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Library of the Health Sciences hours for Finals Week, and Christmas and New Year's holidays

Library of the Health Sciences hours for December 19 through January 5 are the following:

  • Friday, Dec. 19—7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 20—1 p.m.–5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 21—Closed
  • Monday, Dec. 22—8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 23—8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 24—8 a.m.–noon
  • Thursday, Dec. 25—Closed
  • Friday, Dec. 26—8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 27—Closed
  • Sunday, Dec. 28—Closed
  • Monday, Dec. 29—8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 30—8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 31—8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 1—Closed
  • Friday, Jan. 2—8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 3—1 p.m.–5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 4—Closed
  • Monday, Jan. 5—8 a.m.–5 p.m.

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

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