Friday, February 16, 2018

From The Dean

Friday, February 16, 2018

I need to correct some information that I shared in last week’s E-News column. I mentioned that we’d be able to award four scholarships to our students on Giving Hearts Day. It turns out that statement was incorrect—we actually were able to award not four but five scholarships, thanks to the fantastic support of Dakota Medical Foundation and our numerous friends and donors. The five winners of the UND SMHS Giving Hearts Day Scholarships, each valued at $12,500, and the donor associated with each scholarship, are as follows:

  • Hannah Fiser, a second-year occupational therapy student from Palmer Lake, Colo., winner of the Drs. Don and Mary Ann Sens Giving Hearts Scholarship
  • Brett Johnson, a second-year medical student from Fargo, N.D., winner of the Drs. Laura and Corey Kroetsch Giving Hearts Scholarship
  • Erica Nelson, a second-year medical student from Fargo, N.D., winner of the Dr. David and Lola Rognlie Monson Giving Hearts Scholarship
  • Michelle Sanders, a third-year physical therapy student from Brooten, Minn., winner of the Lunn Family Giving Hearts Scholarship
  • Shelby Wassink, a second-year occupational therapy student from Hastings, Minn., winner of the Colin and Kumi Combs Giving Hearts Scholarship

And speaking of winners, this past Wednesday the UND University Letter (a weekly newsletter for faculty and staff) announced the winners of various awards that will be conferred at UND’s 2018 Founders Day banquet to be held next Thursday, Feb. 22. I am delighted to report that the UND Foundation/Thomas J. Clifford Faculty Award for Graduate or Professional Teaching Excellence will be awarded to Sarah Nielsen, associate professor of Occupational Therapy, and the UND Foundation/Thomas J. Clifford Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Research will be awarded to Colin Combs, professor and chair of Biomedical Sciences, both at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Equally impressive is that the UND Award for Departmental Excellence in Research will be awarded to the School’s Department of Biomedical Sciences. What wonderful accomplishments for our research enterprise, both for Colin individually and for departmental faculty members, staff, and students as well! I hope you will be able to attend this year’s Founders Day dinner to congratulate Drs. Nielsen and Combs and the Biomedical Sciences Department. The Founders Day celebration marks the 135th anniversary of the signing of the Dakota Territory legislation that established the University of North Dakota and is the official birthday of UND. The reception begins at 5:15 p.m. and the banquet at 6 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. If you don’t yet have a ticket for the event, you may be able to get one by going online here. Tickets for the Founders Day banquet are $25 each and must be purchased by noon today, February 16. I hope to see you there!

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

Dean, UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences

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Welcome: Linda Harmon

Linda Harmon is project coordinator for the North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN) at the Center for Rural Health (CRH). In her position, Linda provides project coordination and oversees information dissemination activities for NDBIN. She works with the NDBIN staff, as well as with state, regional, and national partners.

Before joining the CRH, Linda served as a social worker for Barnes County in Valley City, N.D., a family therapist at the Northwest Human Service Center in Crookston, Minn., and as a case manager for the severely mentally ill at the Northeast Human Service Center in Grand Forks. Originally from Grand Forks, Linda earned bachelor’s degrees in public administration and social work and a master’s degree in social work from UND.

“I first worked with the Center for Rural Health when it was a new department, and it’s good to be back," Linda said. "The caring and people-oriented culture has stayed the same, which makes this a wonderful place to work.”

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

As you know, all UND departments/units are required to follow UND brand standards.

These standards, which were recently revised by UND, 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 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) of the SMHS.

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

The event will be recorded for web viewing afterward, and videoconference arrangements can be made in advance for faculty, staff, and students at SMHS campuses outside of Grand Forks who wish to view the forum live.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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!

Biomedical Sciences seminar to be held on Feb. 28

Save the date for the next UND Biomedical Sciences seminar: "Splitting Hares and Tortoises: Decoding Neuronal Immediate Early Gene Transcription."

Sponsored by the School of Medicine and Health Sciences Epigenetics-Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (CoBRE) team, the seminar will be held at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 28 in Room E101 (Charles H. Fee, MD, Auditorium) at the SMHS. The guest speaker for this seminar is Ramendra Saha, PhD, assistant professor in the Molecular and Cell Biology Unit of the University of California - Merced.

Everyone is welcome!

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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SMHS medical students compete in 2018 Simlympics

On February 6 and 7, 2018, the UND SMHS Simulation Society and The North Dakota Simulation, Teaching, and Research team (ND-STAR) hosted the annual “Simlympics” competition at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Teams of four first-year medical students competed in 10-minute medical scenarios in a tournament format in front of a panel of judges. Scenarios included atrial fibrillation, a gunshot wound, pediatric acetaminophen overdose, asthma attack, and a broken leg.

Winners of Tuesday’s competition were Madie DeFrance, Mary Johanson, Alexis Malaterre, and Natalie McIntire; winners of Wednesday’s competition were Audrey Lane, Megan Kolb, Cassie Walth, and Allie Trudel.

Teams were evaluated on their teamwork, acquisition of the patient's history and physical, compassion, empathy, professionalism, and communication. Honorary judges included, Dr. Rabeea Aboufakher, M.D., Dr. Bryan Delage, M.D., Dr. Joycelyn Dorscher, M.D., Dr. Walter Kemp, M.D., and Dr. Joshua Wynne, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H.

Members of the UND SMHS Simulation Society include Annika Strand, Jimmy Evers, Jason Barba, Tyler Beattie, and Ryan Brown.

Stay tuned for a possible championship match between the winners of both evenings.

Thank you to each of the judges and to the Simulation Center staff members for putting in extra hours to pull off this great event.

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.

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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.

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.

Evidence-Based Teaching Group to meet March 6

The next Evidence-Based Teaching (EBT) group meeting will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, March 6 in SMHS 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, and Devon Olson & Annie Nickum, Library Resources.

The 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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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. 

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 701.795.8148 or 1.800.562.4032.

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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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