GRAND FORKS, N.D.—The University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences will confer the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree during commencement ceremonies Sunday, May 12, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium on the UND campus in Grand Forks.
Patrick Carr, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences will deliver the keynote address titled "Essentials of Career Management." Carr was raised in western Manitoba and completed his undergraduate education at Brandon University and a doctoral degree in physiology at the University of Manitoba. He then completed further training at the University of Manitoba, the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., and at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He joined the University of North Dakota in 1998, where he is currently the director of the basic sciences component of the first-year medical curriculum and assistant dean for Faculty Development for the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Medical students have honored Carr with 14 Instructor Awards. His research has focused on understanding the neurochemistry and neurophysiology of pain and motor control. His teaching responsibilities currently include gross anatomy and neuroscience.
Fifty-nine degree candidates will participate in the ceremony. The graduates have completed four years of medical education to earn their Doctor of Medicine, beginning with two years of instruction at the UND campus in Grand Forks, followed by two years learning and working with practicing physicians who volunteer to serve as their teachers in hospitals and clinics throughout North Dakota. Upon graduating, the doctors will complete their residencies, a period of advanced intensive training in their chosen medical specialty before independent practice as a physician. Depending on the medical specialty, medical school graduates complete anywhere from three to seven years of residency training after medical school.
The UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences currently has 258 students enrolled in the four-year Doctor of Medicine program, which is recognized nationally as a leader in producing family physicians.
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