Friday, September 01, 2017

From The Dean

Friday, September 01, 2017

School activities get into full swing next week following Labor Day. On Thursday, Sept. 7, we have two wonderful activities that I hope you’ll be able to attend—the first Dean’s Hour for this academic year, and the 8th year of our annual Joggin’ with Josh run/jog/walk.

Dean’s Hour for the 2017-18 academic year gets off to a rousing start when we welcome Dr. Thomas Lee to UND. I’ve known Tom since early in my medical career in Boston, when we were fellow faculty members at Harvard Medical School. Tom joined Press Ganey, the large and well-respected health care consulting firm, as chief medical officer (CMO) in 2013, bringing to the organization more than three decades of experience in health care performance improvement as a practicing physician, leader in provider organizations, researcher and health policy expert. As CMO at Press Ganey, Tom is responsible for developing clinical and operational strategies to help providers across the nation measure and improve the patient experience, with an overarching goal of reducing the suffering of patients as they undergo care, and improving the value of that care. In addition to his role with Press Ganey, Tom, who is an internist and cardiologist, continues to practice primary care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Prior to joining Press Ganey, Tom served as network president for Partners Healthcare System and CEO for Partners Community HealthCare Inc., the integrated delivery system founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. In this capacity, Tom oversaw efforts to improve the quality and efficiency of care delivery. So his visit here is especially timely given the ongoing national debate about health care and health insurance. The title of his talk is “Five Ideas from Outside Health Care—and How they Fit Together.” I hope that you will be able join us on Thursday, Sept. 7, from noon to 1 p.m. either in person (in the Charles H. Fee, MD, Auditorium [Room E101] adjacent to the south entrance to the new SMHS building at 1301 N. Columbia Road, Grand Forks) or through videoconferencing.

The second event—Joggin’ with Josh—is later that same afternoon. In support of the view that we try to practice what we preach, I invite the community and all students, faculty and staff at the School and UND to demonstrate their advocacy for healthful lifestyles by joining me for this informal one-mile, 5K or 10K walk, jog or run. The event is free and open to the public, and you get to keep a Joggin’ with Josh T-shirt as a souvenir. A registration table will be located in the East Atrium of the SMHS at the south entrance to the School. Registration and T-shirt pickup start at 4 p.m. The event itself starts at 4:30 p.m. To get a head start on your fellow participants, please complete the registration form available online and bring it with you to the SMHS on Sept. 7. Forms will also be available in the SMHS East Atrium before the event. Walkers, joggers and runners will then gather on the patio outside the East Atrium before taking off at 4:30 p.m. on a route along the outskirts of the UND campus. A water station will be located at the halfway point of the 5K, and water and healthful snacks will be available after the event. Please come out and join us!

Finally, a heads-up about two activities the following week, both on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. We’ll start the day with another cup of Java with Josh on the Northeast (Grand Forks) campus. Please join me for complimentary coffee or tea from 8:30 a.m. until 9 a.m., in the Tello-Skjerseth Atrium in the east wing of the new building (across the hall from the departments of Family and Community Medicine and Population Health). I’ll discuss what’s new at the School, particularly the reorganization following several recent administrative retirements, and take any questions you may have. To ensure adequate seating, we ask that you RSVP to Kristen Peterson at by Tues., Sept. 12.

Later that same day, the Dean’s Hour speaker will be our own Andrew McLean, MD, MPH, clinical professor and chair of our Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science. Dr. McLean will address the burgeoning problem of opiate addiction and its treatment, a problem that is growing not just elsewhere but here in North Dakota. His topic will be “Medical Assisted Treatment of Opioid Addiction.” In light of the importance of the topic and Dr. Mclean’s expertise in the subject, I urge you to attend.

Please mark your calendar for all four of these events. I think that you’ll enjoy them all.

Joshua Wynne, MD, MBA, MPH
UND Vice President for Health Affairs

Dean, UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences

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Joggin' with Josh scheduled for Thursday, September 7

Joshua Wynne, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H., University of North Dakota vice president for Health Affairs and dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), invites the community and all students, faculty and staff at the School and the University to advocate healthful lifestyles by joining him for Joggin’ with Josh, an informal 5K, 10K or one-mile walk, jog or run on Thursday, September 7. This is a free public event. Everyone is welcome to participate, so please bring your family and friends.

A registration table will be located in the East Atrium of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at the south entrance to the School, 1301 N. Columbia Rd. Event registration and T-shirt pickup starts at 4 p.m. The dean will speak to the group before the event, which starts at 4:30 p.m. To get a head start on your fellow participants, please complete the registration form available online and bring it with you to the SMHS on the day of the event. Forms will also be available in the SMHS East Atrium before the event.

Walkers, joggers and runners are asked to gather on the patio outside the East Atrium before taking off on a route along the outskirts of campus. A water station will be located at the halfway point of the 5K, and water and healthful snacks will be available after the event.

Thomas H. Lee, MD, presents next Dean's Hour on September 7

Thomas H. Lee, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Press Ganey and an internist and cardiologist who practices at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, is the first Dean's Hour Speaker for this academic year. He will give a presentation entitled "Five Ideas from Outside Health Care--and How they Fit Together" at noon on Thursday, September 7, in the Charles H. Fee, MD, Auditorium (E101) at the SMHS in Grand Forks.

Lunch will be provided for those on the Grand Forks Campus. If you plan to attend in Grand Forks, please RSVP here

This presentation will be broadcast to the following UND SMHS campus sites:

  • Bismarck, Southwest Campus, Room 2108
  • Fargo, Southeast Campus, Room 219
  • Minot, Northwest Campus Office - Trinity Location

Or, you may view Dr. Lee's presentation online here.

For additional information, contact the Office of the Dean at (701) 777-2514.


Simulation Center Open House to be held on Monday, September 11

The Simulation Center at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) will host an open house on Monday, September 11, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event, in which guests can participate in self-guided tours and experience simulation in action, is open to everyone.

Simulation, or the creation of realistic circumstances in order to teach skills and enhance competencies, is rapidly changing the face of healthcare education. For this reason, the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, of which the Simulation Center at SMHS is a member, is sponsoring the first ever Healthcare Simulation Week, to be held September 11-15, 2017. The purpose of Healthcare Simulation Week is to raise awareness about the importance of healthcare simulation in improving performance and reducing errors in patient care.

The SMHS Simulation Center is a hands-on simulation training facility for multidisciplinary healthcare providers. The state-of-the-art space offers a clinical setting where healthcare professionals can actively apply their knowledge in simulation, observation and debriefing of real-life patient scenarios, with the goal of improving patient safety and care. The innovative facility is the only one of its kind in North Dakota; its mission is to use interactive simulation in teaching, educating and providing an arena for research in healthcare.

“Simulation has changed the way we teach medical students. Before, we learned on patients. Now, we learn on incredibly lifelike manikins, where harm can’t be done. That way, when students get to the real patient they have significantly more experience and therefore are better prepared,” said Dr. Jon Allen, medical director of the UND SMHS Simulation Center. “We’re very excited to be part of the inaugural Simulation Week. The sim technology here has already enhanced the skills of healthcare providers across the state—from physicians and nurses to first responders.”

A Simulation In Motion-North Dakota (SIM-ND) mobile education unit—a custom built, 44 foot-long learning lab on wheels—will also be on-site for tours and to provide information regarding the SMHS state-wide simulation program. SIM-ND units bring simulation education to all third-year medical students training on SMHS campuses away from Grand Forks. Units also provide healthcare education to rural areas of North Dakota so emergency responders and other providers can upgrade their skills closer to home rather than leave their service area for training.

The open house will be held at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 1301 N. Columbia Rd. Guests may park vehicles in the School’s main south lot. Simulation Center staff will be available to answer questions and provide an interactive experience during guests’ self-guided tours. Light refreshments will be served. For planning purposes, and to receive a reminder email with directions, RSVP online here or email:

Zen in 10 returns

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 from Sept. 12 to Oct. 19 on the east patio at the SMHS in Grand Forks. In the event of inclement weather, the event will move to W201 on Sept. 12 and Oct. 10, and the Charles H. Fee, MD, Auditorium on all other days.

Services provided by Kay Williams, Certified Yoga and Relax and Renew Instructor®.

Interment Ceremony honors donors of Deeded Body Program

An interment ceremony honoring the memory of persons who donated their bodies for the benefit of medical education will take place at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) plot at Memorial Park Cemetery in Grand Forks on Friday, September 15.

The service, wherein the School pays respect and tribute to donors of the Deeded Body Program, begins at 2:00 p.m.

“This service is a way to give thanks to both the donors and their families, and a way to express honor for the gift we have been given through their donation,” said Mandy Meyer, PhD, assistant professor in the departments of Occupational Therapy and Biomedical Sciences and director of the Deeded Body Program at SMHS. “The education these individuals have given is invaluable to our future health care providers; they truly teach students about the form of the human body and in many ways are students’ first patient.”

The School conducts the interment ceremony once every three years to inter the cremated remains of donors who have chosen to be interred in the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences plot. Family members of donors being interred have been invited, as have the School’s faculty, staff, and students, who often look forward to the opportunity to show their respect and appreciation for the donors who have contributed to their learning and scholarship.

At the event, Dr. Pat Carr, assistant dean for Medical Curriculum, and Dr. Meyer will speak from a faculty perspective about the value and significance of the Deeded Body Program. Local clergy participating in the service include pastors Chad Brucklacher of Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Center at UND and Father Luke Meyer, Priest at St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center on the UND Campus.

To attend the service, turn east off of Columbia Road onto 10th Avenue North and proceed to the Memorial Park entrance. There will be signs posted to direct you to the exact location.

UND Host-Pathogen Interactions CoBRE Symposium set for September 18

The Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (CoBRE) for Host-Pathogen Interactions is inviting UND faculty, staff, and graduate and undergraduate students to attend the Annual Host-Pathogen CoBRE Symposium to be held at the University of North Dakota Gorecki Alumni Center on Monday, September 18, 2017. This event will bring together experts studying cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying host responses in acute infections and chronic disease conditions, and will include a poster session showcasing research carried out by UND faculty and UND graduate and undergraduate students.

Confirmed Speakers for the event are:

  • Dr. Elaine Tuomanen (St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital): “Expanding bacterial signaling vocabulary from inflammation to neuroproliferation”
  • Dr. Anjana Rao (La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology): “Epigenetic and transcriptional responses driven by the calcium-calcineurin-NFAT pathway in T cells”
  • Dr. Nadeem Khan (University of North Dakota): “A double edge function of host type 17 immunity in pneumococcal infections”

In addition, investigators from the University of North Dakota will present their research related to infection and immunity.

A full schedule for the event is available here.

This event aims to promote interaction and collaboration among researchers in the area and provide opportunities for learning about cutting-edge tools, approaches, and resources to advance their research in broad areas of infection and inflammation as it applies to human disease.

The event, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., is free; a continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Prior registration is appreciated. The Gorecki Alumni Center is located at 3501 University Avenue in Grand Forks, N.D.

American College of Physicians - ND Chapter Annual Meeting set for September 22

Registration is now open for the 2017 American College of Physicians - North Dakota Chapter Meeting! The meeting will be held on Friday, September 22, 2017, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fargo.

In addition to the networking potential and collegiality offered by our meeting, it is also a valuable learning opportunity. For the chapter meeting, the American College of Physicians (ACP) designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s).™ Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

To view the full meeting program, visit the Chapter website.

Members can register online. Or, members and non-members may contact the ACP Customer Service team to register via phone at 1-800-523-1546, ext. 2600, and refer to Course Code: RM1823.

Contact Carla Mosser with any questions.

We hope to see you in Fargo in September.

Neville Alberto, MD, FACP
ACP Governor, North Dakota

Inaugural Scientific Meeting of the Great Plains IDeA-CTR Network is October 23-24

The UND SMHS is a member of the Great Plains IDeA-CTR Network, which will hold its inaugural scientific meeting on Oct. 23–24, 2017, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center's 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 North Dakota, North Dakota State University, the University of Kansas Medical Center, and the University of South Dakota.

The program will highlight presentations on clinical and translational research and resources, team science, community engagement activities, a mock study review panel, and more!

UND / USD Alumni Reception in Boston on November 4

In conjunction with the annual meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges, a reception will be held for University of North Dakota and University of South Dakota alumni on Saturday, November 4, 2017, in Boston, Mass. The reception will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Dartmouth Room of Boston Marriott Copley Place, 110 Huntington Ave., in Boston, Mass.

Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. All UND / USD alumni and friends are welcome!

Please RSVP by October 9.

More information on this gathering is available here.

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Center for Rural Health’s National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI) announces recipients of 2017 Innovation Awards

Several American Indian groups from across the United States will receive funds to help address elder abuse thanks to grants from the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI) Innovation program in the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The NIEJI Innovation program announced $150,000 in “Native Elder Abuse Innovation Awards” for 2017.

Tribes from around the United States submitted proposals to create programs to prevent, identify, and address elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation in their communities. NIEJI Innovation awarded funding to eight tribes from eight states to help them develop programs for their communities.

  • Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribe of Montana: $17,148 for “Elder Abuse Infrastructure Development Project.”
  • Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Tribe of North Carolina: $19,704 for “Elder Justice Project.”
  • Maniilaq Association of Alaska: $20,000 for “Challenging Elder Abuse in the Northwest Arctic.”
  • Muckleshoot Indian Tribe of Washington: $20,000 for “Elders Abuse Community Empowerment.”
  • Ponca Tribe of Nebraska: $17,148 for “Elder Abuse Prevention Project.”
  • Shoshone Bannock Tribes of Idaho: $18,000 for “Elderly Protection Improvement Project.”
  • Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe of North Dakota: $20,000 for “Dakota Elders Preservation Traditions Project.”
  • St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of New York: $18,000 for “Multidisciplinary Team Implementation to Address Elder Abuse Issues.”

NIEIJI Innovation provides grants to tribal community-based organizations to carry out activities to prevent, identify, and/or address elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation in local tribal communities, rural or urban. There are five distinct areas of intervention in local tribal communities in addressing elder abuse:

  1. Innovative approaches to preventing and addressing elder abuse in Indian Country;
  2. To create awareness of elder abuse, its signs, and its impact;
  3. Development of tribal resolution code, and laws to address elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation;
  4. Development of infrastructure, policies, and procedures for reporting, investigating, and intervening in elder abuse cases in tribal communities; and
  5. Development of cross-jurisdictional processes for reporting, investigating, or intervening in elder abuse cases.

These grants will be for one-year for projects to address the areas above or other innovative projects that will address elder abuse in their community.

These grants are funded by an award (#90EJIG003) from the Administration for Community Living.

UND’s Center for Rural Health works with tribal communities to help improve health outcomes and well-being for American Indians.

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Yawar Abbas, MD, to present Psychiatry Grand Rounds on September 6 in Fargo

Yawar Abbas, MD, will present "Augmentation of Clozapine in Treatment Resistant Schizophrenia” from 12:10 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. on Wednesday, September 6, at UND Southeast Campus auditorium in Fargo. Dr. Abbas is a second-year resident in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science. Ronald Burd, MD, staff psychiatrist and inpatient medical director of Sanford Health’s Department of Psychiatry, will serve as Dr. Abbas’s discussant.

The objectives of his talk are the following:

  • Define treatment-resistant schizophrenia (TRS) and distinguish factors associated with resistance
  • Identify the right treatment option/combination for TRS
  • Utilize augmentation of clozapine with ECT as an effective treatment and be able to monitor for side-effects        

This Grand Rounds presentation, sponsored by the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the School’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, is broadcast via videoconference to many sites throughout North Dakota and Minnesota and is also streamed via personal computers. If you want information on how to attend or view the event online, please contact Betty Jo Tostenson at 701-293-4101 or

The University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Education and Faculty Affairs Office registers School for IAMSE webinar series

The Education and Faculty Affairs Office has once again registered the School for the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) Webinar series. This series gives SHMS faculty, staff, and students the opportunity to participate in one or more educational presentations.

The first presentation in this series, entitled “The Rising Tide of Competency-Based Medical Education: A Global View,” will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 7, in SMHS room E418.

As presenter Jason Frank puts it in his presentation’s abstract:

“What is wrong with health professions education? Does it really need a ‘fix’? Why are so many schools and professions turning to competency-based medical education (CBME)? This session will provide a state-of-the-art overview of the CBME movement and its implications for all medical and health professions educators. CBME has its origins in teacher education and the outcomes accountability movement in contemporary societies. The WHO called for all health professions programs to use a CBME approach in 1978. Only in recent years has this approach to training gained real momentum, with major standards bodies and whole systems converting. In this webinar, we will review the origins, rationale, and elements of CBME design. We will provide a tour of the current landscape of competency-based changes around the world using a framework from the International CBME Collaborators. Finally, we will dive deeper into the fundamental redesign of Canadian medical education to illustrate just how different a competency-based world can be.”

More information on how to connect will be forth coming.

The full schedule for the Fall 2017 IAMSE Webinar series can be found here.

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Writing an NIH grant proposal? Update your Personal Profile

The Grants Management Office at the SMHS encourages any faculty, staff, and graduate students developing grant proposals for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through the Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking (ASSIST) system to update their NIH personal profile, including the employment section. Why? We have learned that some information is automatically pulled into ASSIST through the researchers’ NIH commons ID. Updating your profile will not only guarantee that your most current information is “caught” by the ASSIST system, but should save you time—and possibly some headaches—come submission time.

And as a reminder, applicants can also apply for NIH grants using Workspace, which separates the application package into individual forms. Applicants can create a workspace, complete the individual PDF forms, and submit their application workspace package. For any funding opportunities where applicants have downloaded the legacy PDF application package, they will be able to continue to submit that package until March 31, 2018. For any funding opportunities where applicants have NOT already downloaded the legacy PDF application package, they will be able to continue to download and submit through December 31, 2017.

For more information about Workspace, please visit our various Workspace resources:

For more information, feel free to contact Diane Hillebrand, CRA, Grants Manager at the SMHS, at

Great Plains IDeA-CTR Scholars Program applications due September 11

The Great Plains IDeA-CTR Network is pleased to announce that funding through a National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of General Medical Sciences grant is available to support two faculty who are in the early stages of their career.

To apply for the grant, send a letter of intent (maximum of two pages) to the Great Plains IDeA-CTR Network by Sept. 11, 2017. In your letter, please include: project title, principal investigator and mentor(s), participating institution(s), study aims, hypothesis, methods (brief overview of design, sample, measures, statistical analysis plan), and a statement addressing how the project advances clinical and translational research. Also, include a specific paragraph listing your training needs to support your research program. Finally, submit your NIH biosketch.

Up to 10 applicants will be invited to submit a full application. Those invited to submit full applications will be notified by Oct. 2, 2017. The RFA and requirements for invitees are detailed below. Please email your letter of intent and NIH biosketch as a single PDF document to the Great Plains IDeA-CTR Office at

Solicited applications will be due Nov. 20, 2017.

More information is available here.

Public Health Service Financial Conflict of Interest Education--NEW DATE: Monday, September 18

U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) requires that all PHS grantees, or those considering submitting grant applications to PHS, complete a mandatory education class. According to the policy, all grantees working on research funded by PHS agencies must be trained in Conflict of Interest every four years. UND's Division of Research & Economic Development will conduct a PHS Conflict of Interest session on the following date:

  • Monday, September 18 – 9:00 a.m., Memorial Union, President’s Room (NOTE the new date, which replaces the cancelled Thursday, Sept. 21 session)

PHS grantees only need to attend this session if you have not attended one in the past four years.

PHS agencies include:

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
  • Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
  • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
  • Indian Health Services (IHS)
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Sessions will be coordinated by Barry Milavetz, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Research & Economic Development.

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