Friday, December 08, 2017

From The Dean

Friday, December 08, 2017

Ho! Ho! Ho! Tis the season to be jolly! Earlier this week the School held four very successful holiday receptions—three evening holiday parties at our Northwest (Minot) campus on Tuesday, our Southwest (Bismarck) campus on Wednesday, and our Southeast (Fargo) campus yesterday; and our Annual Holiday Luncheon for people in our new building and at UND, also yesterday. And next Tuesday we will complete our regional campus holiday celebration schedule with a holiday party for the Northeast (Grand Forks) campus. It’s scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Gorecki Alumni Center. Please stop by if you can; RSVP here. We’ve had wonderful turn-out so far, with around 50 faculty, students, residents, and staff at the Minot and Bismarck receptions, around one hundred in Fargo, and over 500 at the luncheon yesterday. We were very pleased to welcome President Mark and First Lady Debbie Kennedy to yesterday’s festivities. It also was a pleasure to have lunch with Interim Vice President for University and Public Affairs Peter Johnson.

These various events are a nice way to help celebrate the holiday season, but more importantly, they are a way for the School to recognize and thank the many people who contribute to the success of the School and UND. Most obvious in this regard are our faculty, staff, and students; but also critical are what President Kennedy has termed “shapeholders”—the various individuals, typically external to the organization, who help to shape and expand an institution’s opportunities. In the case of the School, this involves most importantly our clinical (voluntary) faculty members, who don’t work for the School but nevertheless help to educate our students and residents. We really couldn’t do it without them. So thanks to all of you who give so generously of your time, expertise, and enthusiasm for the healing arts.

And thanks also to the members from the North Dakota Legislature who showed up. As a public community-based school, we greatly appreciate the strong support (financial and otherwise) we’ve received from the Legislature, and it was a pleasure to welcome some of North Dakota’s legislators to the events and thank them in person.

Susan and I wish all of you a wonderful holiday season!

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

Dean, UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences

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Ruth Paur Retirement Gathering Dec. 11

Ruth Paur, PhD, chair of the Department of Medical Laboratory Science, is retiring at the end of this calendar year. To celebrate Ruth, her accomplishments, and all she has meant to the MLS team, a gathering will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, in Room E224 of the SMHS building. Please stop by to say "Hello"--or "Thanks!"--and wish Ruth well in the next stage of her life.

SMHS Northeast campus Holiday Party to be held at Gorecki Alumni Center

Following up on the holiday parties held on the Northwest, Southwest, and Southeast campuses this week, the SMHS is sponsoring a final Holiday Party on the Northeast (Grand Forks) campus on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, at the Gorecki Alumni Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there--please RSVP here.

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Help the SMHS Learning Communities give back to the Northlands Rescue Mission

The Learning Communities housed within the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) are partnering up with the Northlands Rescue Mission (NRM) on its Backpack Program.

While many children who do not have enough to eat at home can get multiple meals per day in the school setting, these same children often go hungry on the weekend. Committed to ending hunger in the Grand Cities, the Northlands Rescue Mission’s Backpack Program provides food-filled backpacks for such children on Fridays so they have food on days away from school.

To assist the NRM with its goal of providing food to families in need, health professions students in the SMHS Learning Communities—including medical doctor, physician assistant, physical and occupational therapy, athletic training, and master of public health students—are coordinating a “Learning Communities Challenge.” In the challenge, students assigned to each of the eight interprofessional collaboration/study spaces in the School will collect nonperishable food items from faculty, staff, and students, with the hope of collecting the greatest number of items.

“Many students involved in the learning communities have wanted to see a competition like this donation drive for some time, including me,” said medical student Erica Nelson, Learning Community Higher Council President. “The benefit of faculty participation will bring in more items for the children who need it most.”

SMHS faculty, staff, and students interested in donating items for the challenge can deliver them to the Leaning Community of their choice until Saturday, Dec. 18, 2017. Food items will be delivered to the NRM on or shortly after that date. The Learning Community collecting the most items will win pizza for the group.

For more information, contact Michelle Montgomery, MSW, LCSW, wellness advocate with the SMHS department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science at 701.777.5485 or

Women needed for Human Nutrition Research Center weight loss study

The Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center is seeking female volunteers to participate in a 16-week weight loss study to determine if when protein is eaten during the day can improve a woman’s ability to stay ‘on track’ with her weight loss goals.

You may qualify for this study if you are:

  • Between age 20 and 44 (you may be older if you have regular monthly periods)
  • Overweight
  • Eating animal products (meat, eggs, dairy)
  • Not taking medications known to affect appetite, weight, or food intake (including steroid-based medications)

The study requires that subjects:

  • Eat a research specific diet (food provided)
  • Come to the Center to pick up food daily
  • Attend weight loss classes
  • Stay at the Center for 24 hours on three separate occasions

You may be compensated up to $820 for your participation.

Sign up for this exciting opportunity online or call 701.795.8385 or 1.800.562.4032.

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Evidence-Based Teaching Group Topic Requests for 2018

The Evidence-Based Teaching Group (EBTG) hosts meetings on topics related to evidence-based teaching based on the interest of its members. We’ve held several meetings this year on topics like ADA compliance in teaching, moderating effective online discussions, active learning, and an analysis of teaching strategies used by faculty while teaching in the SCALE Up rooms.

Because the EBTG is open to EVERYONE, we encourage you to join us for any and all meetings (no RSVP needed—just show up).

As we prepare for 2018, we’d like to know what educational topics you would like to see at the future meetings! Please take a minute and complete this survey to tell us.

You can find current and previous EBTG sessions on our website. Please watch your email and E-News for more details about our first meeting of 2018!

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Library Notes

Holiday hours at SMHS Library Resources

With the holidays approaching, the SMHS Library Resources team is amending its hours until the New Year. Please note the following December hours of operation for the Library Resources staff/desk:

Sunday 12/10, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Monday 12/11, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday 12/12, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday 12/13, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday 12/14, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday 12/15, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday 12/16, Closed
Sunday 12/17, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Monday 12/18, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday 12/19, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday 12/20, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday 12/21, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday 12/22, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday 12/23, Closed
Sunday 12/24, Closed
Monday 12/25, Closed
Tuesday 12/26, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday 12/27, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday 12/28, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday 12/29, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 12/30, Closed
Sunday 12/31, Closed

SMHS Library Resources to launch new website!

As part of the university-wide website redesign project, the SMHS Library Resources team will be making a number of changes to its pages on the SMHS website. The transition will happen in two phases. The first change will be the launch of our new Library Resources site at the end of December 2017. We do not yet have an exact date for the migration, but it will happen sometime during the holiday break. We will share the web address for the new site at the time of launch. A redirect will also be put in place so that traffic to our old web address will be forwarded to the new page. The second transition will occur in June 2018 when the entire SMHS site will migrate to the new university-wide system.

We’ll be sharing more information as we get closer to the launch date for the new website, but if you have any initial questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your library liaison, clinical campus librarian, or the Library Resources Information Desk (701.777.3993).

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we navigate this transition!

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