- Basic Sciences
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- North Dakota Area Health Education Center
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August 2, 2012
Doctor of Medicine Class of 2016 begins studies at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Seventy first-year medical students, members of the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) Class of 2016, begin their journey next week to become physicians at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
The students, 43 men and 27 women, range in age from 20 to 37 years, with the average age of 23. Most are from North Dakota.
They come to medical school with work experience in an array of fields and academic degrees in agricultural systems management, athletic training, biology, cell biology, chemistry, computer science, economics, English, exercise science, general studies, health policy, interdisciplinary science, microbiology, music, nursing, physiology, psychology, respiratory therapy, theology, and zoology. Some of the students already hold advanced degrees, including master's degrees in computer science, international infectious disease management, medical sciences, nutritional and reproductive physiology, physiology and biophysics, and post-professional athletic training.
"This is an exciting time for the students and their families, as well as for the faculty and staff of the medical school," said Joycelyn Dorscher, M.D., associate dean for Student Affairs and Admissions. She will deliver the keynote address for the ceremony titled "What I Know (I Think)."
"This day provides the opportunity to welcome these young people who are just beginning on the road to becoming well-trained and respected medical colleagues," she said.
Medical students' first week is dedicated to orientation, including introduction to UND's nationally recognized, four-year, patient-centered curriculum, where basic and clinical sciences are taught in the context of patient cases. Special emphasis is placed on the students' new roles and expectations of them as health care professionals.
Orientation concludes with the White Coat Ceremony at 5:30 p.m., Aug. 10, in the Memorial Union Ballroom on the UND campus. Students receive their first white coats, physicians' traditional garment, which have been donated by the North Dakota Medical Association, and they will recite the Oath of Hippocrates, an ancient vow to uphold basic professional principles.
Each student will receive a lapel pin engraved with "Humanism in Medicine," which was donated by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. After the ceremony, the school will host an indoor picnic for students, family and friends in the Memorial Union Ballroom.
"The White Coat Ceremony really cements the core values of service and professionalism for students," Dorscher said.
The students and their hometowns are the following:
- Scott Allen of North Mankato, Minn.
- Emerlee Andersen of Jamestown, N.D.
- Aaron Baune of Fargo, N.D.
- Aaron Bettenhausen of Bismarck, N.D.
- Annie Braseth of Missoula, Mont.
- Taylor Braunberger of Dickinson, N.D.
- Natalie Brehmer of Fargo, N.D.
- Emily Bromley of Fargo, N.D.
- Nathan Brunken of Delano, Minn.
- Braden Burckhard of Burlington, N.D.
- Ashley Carver of Fargo, N.D.
- Charles Crellin of Billings, Mont.
- Laura Cronquist of Gilby, N.D.
- Anna Cymbaluk of Crookston, Minn.
- Betsy Dickson of Gilby, N.D.
- Eric Dowling of Moorhead, Minn.
- Hannah Dupea of Bigfork, Mont.
- Samantha Dusek of Grafton, N.D.
- Layne Egan of Valley City, N.D.
- John Emmel of Fargo, N.D.
- Rachel Fearing of Williston, N.D.
- Tanner Ferderer of Dickinson, N.D.
- Brandon Flores of Stockton, Calif.
- John Fox of Bismarck, N.D.
- Robert Gokey of Minot, N.D.
- Joshua Greene of Devils Lake, N.D.
- Dane Hammer of Minot, N.D.
- Tatia Hardy of Rolla, N.D.
- Michael Harsche of Bismarck, N.D.
- Jerrod Heermans of Argyle, Texas
- Michaela Heller of Fargo, N.D.
- Josalynne Hoff of Bowdon, N.D.
- Lucas Holkup of Wahpeton, N.D.
- Andrew Hughes of Bismarck, N.D.
- Josh Huhndorf of Nikiski, Alaska
- Natalie Krier of Herrick, S.D.
- Delbert Lamb of Timber Lake, S.D.
- David Larson of Austin, Minn.
- Elliot Lawrence of Park Rapids, Minn.
- Brett Lee of Walhalla, N.D.
- Tyler Looysen of Jamestown, N.D.
- Jeffrey Maddock of Bismarck, N.D.
- Shaynna Mann of Dickinson, N.D.
- Sondra McGregor of Fargo, N.D.
- Amanda McMahon of Ortonville, Minn.
- Vamshi Mugu of Grand Forks, N.D.
- Jamie Odden of West Fargo, N.D.
- Dakota Orvedal of Grafton, N.D.
- Ravi Panjini of Fargo, N.D.
- John Riedinger of Bismarck, N.D.
- Ian Roche of Grand Forks, N.D.
- John Roller of Bismarck, N.D.
- Mark Rostad of Kindred, N.D.
- Nicole Samson of Devils Lake, N.D.
- Jared Sander of Fargo, N.D.
- Erin Schlenker of Grand Forks, N.D.
- Justin Shipman of Watford City, N.D.
- Deanna Shoup of Pierre, S.D.
- Aaron Smith of Grand Forks, N.D.
- Robert Steininger of Eagen, Minn.
- Emma Swanson of Fargo, N.D.
- Erica Tauck of Roseau, Minn.
- Jacob Torrison of St. Louis Park, Minn.
- Michael Traynor, Jr. of Fargo, N.D.
- John Tronnes of Bagley, Minn.
- Arna Two Hawk of Eagle Butte, S.D.
- Michael Walery of Bismarck, N.D.
- Meghan Watne of Jamestown, N.D.
- Roza Yunusova of Fargo, N.D.
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Contact: Denis MacLeod, assistant director, Office of Alumni and Community Relations, UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, (701) 777-2733, firstname.lastname@example.org