Friday, February 09, 2018

From The Dean

Friday, February 09, 2018

As you may know, yesterday was Giving Hearts Day, sponsored by Dakota Medical Foundation (DMF) in conjunction with the Impact Foundation and the Alex Stern Family Foundation. Thanks to the leadership of DMF President Pat Traynor and the support of DMF, our School was able to award $12,500 scholarships to at least four UND SMHS students. When we initially planned this Giving Hearts Day scholarship program, we envisioned awarding two scholarships. But because of the generosity of numerous friends and donors and the support of DMF, two scholarships became four (and maybe more)! Since donations were accepted through midnight last night, we are still in the process of tallying the final numbers. But yesterday afternoon we were able to announce the awarding of the first scholarship to Erica Nelson, a second-year medical student at the SMHS. She is the winner of the Dr. David and Lola Rognlie Monson Giving Hearts Scholarship, named for the couple who generously contributed to the scholarship fund. We will have more announcements later today, and I’ll summarize the awards in next week’s E-News column. Of course, none of this would have been possible were it not for the generosity and caring of our many donors. Thanks so much to all of you! Our students really appreciate your giving hearts!

And speaking of students, I had the distinct honor of helping to judge Wednesday night’s Simlympics 2018 competition, an optional, non-graded fun competition of teams comprised of four first-year medical students who are presented with a simulated patient with an acute-care clinical problem. Three other teams competed on the previous night. The exercise is supported and sponsored by the School’s Simulation Center and the UND SMHS Simulation Society, which is comprised of second-year medical students. My co-judges included Drs. Willie Kemp and Joy Dorscher. The student teams faced patients with problems including sudden shortness of breath, a leg fracture, and decreased consciousness. I (along with my co-judges) was blown away by the acumen, sophistication, medical knowledge, and professionalism of these first-year students, who have been in school for all of six months. What an amazing performance by all 16 trainees. I can tell you for sure that regardless of how good a cardiologist I may be now, there is no way I could have performed anywhere near the level that our students did when I was a first-year medical student. It is a credit to all of them, and to our patient-centered, small-group-learning curriculum that emphasizes student learning (rather than professor teaching), early patient contact (rather than in the third year of school as when I was a student), group learning, and active rather than passive pedagogical approaches. Well done, and congratulations to all!

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

Dean, UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences

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UND Branding Forum to be held at SMHS on Feb. 22

Given that all University of North Dakota colleges, departments, and programs fall under the same umbrella (and because everything we produce reflects on the university), all UND-affiliated products should maintain a consistent look and feel. For this reason, UND recently developed a new set of Brand Standards that touch on every aspect of our external communications: advertisements, promotional brochures, event posters, departmental/college newsletters, and websites, among other communications.

To help you understand better the new Brand Standards, the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences will host a Branding Forum from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22 in room E101 (Charles H. Fee, MD, Auditorium) at the SMHS. 

Representatives from UND’s Office of Marketing and Creative Services will present the new brand strategy and explain how it applies to the SMHS; Dean Wynne and the SMHS graphic design team will be on hand to answer questions as well.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Health Professionals' Diabetes Workshop to be held in Grand Forks on April 11

Mark your calendar for the Health Professionals' Diabetes Workshop to be held at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks on April 11, 2018.

This one-day workshop, presented by the Altru Diabetes Center, is geared toward the health professional who cares for people with diabetes. Its purpose is to provide best practice recommendations to improve diabetes care in a culturally sensitive way.

Presenters include:

  • Marilyn Gardner, RN, BS, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • William Zaks, MD, Altru Health System
  • James Brosseau, MD, MPH, Altru Health System
  • Tara Feil, PhD, CHI St. Alexius
  • Eric Johnson, MD, University of North Dakota and Altru Health System

A detailed brochure for the event can be found here. The registration fee for Altru employees and students is $25; the fee for non-Altru employees is $80.

To register, go here and: 1) Select "2018 Diabetes Conference," and 2) input username "Diabetes" and password "2018Conf." Pre-registration required by April 2, 2018. Lunch will be included for pre-registered participants only.

Providers--this workshop counts toward your Continuing Medical Education requirements:

  • Dietitians/Dietetic Technicians: This program has been submitted to the Commission on Dietetic Registration for continuing education approval.
  • Nurses: This activity has been submitted to Montana Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. The Montana Nurses Association is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation for approving continuing nurse education.
  • Physicians: Altru Health System is accredited by the Minnesota Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Altru Health System designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 6 hours AMA PRA Category 1 credits. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Contact for more information.

Frank Low Research Day is Thursday, April 19

Save the Date!

The 39th annual Frank Low Research Day will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Grand Forks.

This year’s guest speaker is Rosanna Peeling, PhD, professor and chair of Diagnostics Research and director of the International Diagnostics Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Students and faculty in the basic sciences, health sciences, and clinical departments are encouraged to participate in the poster presentations. More information, including a call for abstracts, is forthcoming.

Please contact Lori Sannes with questions at 701.777.2516.

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Simulation Center and SIM-ND staff back from IMSH Conference

Simulation Center and SIM-ND staff members are back from the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare 2018 (IMSH) where they gave a series of presentations to an often full house. The conference, the largest gathering of professionals connected to medical simulation in the world, was held Jan. 13-17 in Los Angeles, Calif.

Presentations from SMHS Simulation Center staff at this year’s IMSH conference (“Making the Impossible Possible”) included:

  • Tim Shea, Simulation Coordinator, and Jamie Hamilton, Simulation Technician: “Build it Yourself! Low-cost Task Trainers (pre-conference course)
  • Jamie Hamilton & Tim Shea: “Basic Anatomy and Medical Interventions for the Simulation Operations Specialist”
  • Tim Shea: “Spectrum of Ideas Showcase with Massive Vomiting Airway Trainer”
  • Amy Malheim, SIM-ND Program Director: “Mobile Education: Simulation in Motion”
  • Missy Misialek, SIM-ND Sanford Coordinator (2 presentations): “New Workflows and Wayfinding: Using Sim for Orientation to a New Hospital” and “Latent Safety Threats: Findings in a New Hospital”

Jamie, Tim, and Amy are all “CHSOS” certified, meaning they have met the rigorous Society for Simulation in Healthcare requirements and passed the certifying exam to become Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialists.

Congratulations on each of the presenters, who continue to help the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences Simulation Center be regarded as one of the leading medical simulation centers in the nation.

Welcome reception for Laura Block to be held on Feb. 23

Everyone is invited to a welcome reception for Laura Block, the new Associate Dean for Administration and Finance (ADAF) and Chief Operating Officer at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS). In her new role, Block, who is assuming the role held previously by Randy Eken, will oversee all non-academic operations and procedures at the SMHS and reports to the Vice President for Health Affairs at UND and Dean of the SMHS, Joshua Wynne, MD, MBA, MPH.

The reception will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the West Atrium on the first floor of the SMHS and will include brief comments from Block and Dr. Wynne.

We hope to see you there!

SMHS now offers Watson-powered closed-captioning in every classroom

Ever find yourself wondering: “Why can’t the world’s most powerful Artificial Intelligence system provide closed-captioning for the lectures I need to give/view at UND?” Well, wonder no more.

The SMHS Information Resources team is pleased to announce that IBM’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) Watson can provide closed-captioning capabilities for lectures given in every SMHS classroom in real-time.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Information Resources has been offering an integrated lecture captioning function for months. Now, however, this function has been upgraded considerably and is available on demand.

Faculty who would like to explore this option for their courses should contact Information Resources at 701-777-5046 (or email for more information.

To view an example of the Watson closed-captioning in action, click here.

Med Lab Science faculty/staff to present at ASCLS Clinical Laboratory Educators’ Conference

Faculty and staff members of the UND Department of Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) have been selected to present at the annual Clinical Laboratory Educators’ Conference (CLEC) in Houston, February 22-24, 2018. CLEC is the only conference singularly devoted to medical laboratory education, and is described by The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) as the “most important annual event for faculty, administrators, directors, advisers, and others in clinical laboratory science education. Each year roughly 500 educators from across the nation attend CLEC.

Karen Peterson, MS, assistant professor in MLS, and Shannon Jongeward, MS, laboratory manager in MLS, will present on the UND Department of MLS microbiology Clinical Intensive Rotation (CIR), which is in its third year of delivery. The CIR model is a novel teaching approach designed to address the shortage of clinical sites available for students to complete clinical training. The clinical site shortage is significant nationwide, particularly in microbiology where centralization of testing to "hub" sites has reduced the number of clinical laboratories performing microbiology testing. The MCIR format allows multiple students to complete equivalent clinical rotations on-site at UND in an intensive format. In their presentation, Mrs. Peterson and Mrs. Jongeward will discuss the MCIR developed and delivered by the UND Department of MLS, including curriculum design, student outcomes, feedback, and future directions.

Samantha Peterson, MS, Christopher Triske, MS, and Robert Porter, MS, all assistant professors in the Department of MLS, will present a poster on the creation and implementation of a virtual microbiology procedure manual for student use during and in preparation for laboratory sessions. Recognizing that complex protocols within the clinical laboratory can overwhelm students, Ms. Peterson, Mr. Triske, and Mr. Porter developed an innovative virtual microbiology procedure manual that supplements traditional written text with authentic images and detailed video demonstrations of procedures. Feedback from students who used the virtual manual included comments related to increased confidence in skill performance, a clearer understanding of material, better preparation for lab sessions, and increased efficiency while completing procedures in the lab.

Brooke Solberg, PhD, associate professor and chair of the Department of MLS, will present a general session on Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs).  The session will examine different CATs, along with strategies for analyzing, responding to, and monitoring changes made in response to CAT feedback. Dr. Solberg will also discuss utilization of CATs in program assessment and National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS) standards compliance.

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Michael Bouton, MD, to present Surgery Grand Rounds today

From 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. today, February 9, Michael Bouton, MD, MA, FACS, clinical associate professor of surgery, will present a talk entitled "Breast Cancer Part 2: Management of the Axilla” from Sanford Health in Fargo.

The objectives of Dr. Bouton's talk are:

  1. Define the surgical anatomy of the axilla.
  2. Understand sentinel lymph node dissection.
  3. Understand when an axillary node dissection is required.
  4. Identify arm lymphedema risks and treatments.

This Surgery Grand Rounds Conference, sponsored by the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences Department of Surgery, is broadcast via video conference to many sites in North Dakota and Minnesota. Please contact Tonya Murphy at 701.777.5945 or at if you would like information on how to attend or view the presentation.

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.

All are welcome to attend.

Timothy Thomsen, MD, to present Surgery Grand Rounds on Feb. 16

On Friday, February 16 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., Timothy Thomsen, MD, director of the Palliative Care Program at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa, will present a talk entitled "Don’t Be the Last to Know! If Someone Suggests a Palliative Care Consultation, Say Yes” at the UND Medical Education Center Auditorium in Fargo, N.D.

The objectives of Dr. Thomsen's talk are to help listeners:

  1. Understand the importance of recognizing patients who are poor surgical candidates.
  2. Recognize the benefits of palliative care involvement in the care of “Anticipated Poor Outcome” surgical patients.
  3. Imagine a surgical practice focused on shared decision making to ensure congruence of the surgeon’s expectations with those of the patient/family.
  4. Recognize “special cause variation” in surgical patients and its impact on determining a “best case-worst case” prognostic assessment.

This Surgery Grand Rounds Conference, sponsored by the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences Department of Surgery, is broadcast via video conference to many sites in North Dakota and Minnesota. Please contact Tonya Murphy at 701.777.5945 or at if you would like information on how to attend or view the presentation.

All are welcome to attend.

Evidence-Based Teaching Group to meet March 6

Were you unable to attend the Evidence-Based Teaching (EBT) group this week but want to catch-up on the discussion? If so, a video recording and session handouts are available on the Education Resources website. Closed-captioning for the recording is being completed by IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence tool.

The next EBT group meeting be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, March 6 in room W202. You are invited to attend!

The meeting topic is "Active Learning: Evidence-based Teaching for Good Precepting" and will be led by Makoto Tsuchiya, Sports Medicine; Richard Van Eck, Education Resources; and Devon Olson & Annie Nickum, Library Resources.

Formal education of health professionals includes learning in clinical settings as well as classrooms, yet these environments and the faculty who teach in them are often very different. This means that the teaching approaches will look different, even when using the same strategies. In many cases, preceptors lack the tools to teach effectively in the clinic or office and may not always recognize opportunities to apply effective teaching methods “just-in-time.” Good precepting is a critical asset to health care education. This session will help preceptors apply evidence-based teaching strategies within the constraints of time and space in clinical settings.

The Evidence-Based Teaching group meets monthly at the same time. This group will host topics as determined by expressed interest of its members. It is free and open to anyone—no RSVP needed! If you are interested in anything related to Evidence-Based Teaching (assessment, online learning, precepting, active learning, simulation, ADA compliance, or any topic you see fit) join us and let us know what you’d like to see at future meetings. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Adrienne Salentiny,

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UND Center for Host-Pathogen Interactions calls for research proposals due Feb. 15

In anticipation of third year funding, the Center for Host-Pathogen Interactions at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences invites applications for pilot studies to support research that fits within the scientific theme of our NIH-funded Center For Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE). This competition is open to all full-time, tenured, tenure-track, research-track, and/or clinical-track faculty at UND. The goal of this Pilot Project Program is to promote new research in the field of host-pathogen interactions and extend the current research into novel directions with high potential for future COBRE projects and for acquiring R-grant type extramural funding support. It is expected that this program will attract investigators into the research area of host-pathogen interactions, foster new collaborations among new and existing investigators, and promote the utilization of flow cytometry, imaging, human cell core, and histopathology core facilities supported by COBRE.

Applications are due February 15, 2018, for an anticipated project start date of June 1, 2018. For more information, see the full call for proposals here.

PHS Financial Conflict of Interest Education

The U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) has revised its policy that requires all PHS grantees (or those considering submitting to the PHS) to complete a mandatory education class. According to the new policy, all grantees must be trained in Conflict of Interest every four years. The UND Division of Research & Economic Development will be conducting sessions in the President’s Room of the UND Memorial Union on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, February 20, 9 a.m.
  • Thursday, March 15, 10 a.m.
  • Monday, April 2, 2 p.m.

Grantees only need to attend one of the offered sessions.

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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Library Notes

Library Resources hours for Presidents' Day weekend

The Library Resources team would like to announce the following hours at SMHS for the Presidents' Day holiday weekend:

  • Friday, Feb. 16: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 17: closed
  • Sunday, Feb. 18: closed
  • Monday, Feb. 19: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information, contact the SMHS Library Resources staff here.

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