Friday, May 18, 2018

From The Dean

Friday, May 18, 2018

UND commencement last weekend went off without a hitch, thanks to the hard work, care, and attention to detail by a variety of staff and faculty members—especially those in the Office of the Dean. I attended ten different graduation-related events between Friday afternoon and Sunday afternoon—UND graduate degree graduation; UND undergraduate degree graduation; medical student graduation and awards brunch; physical therapy and physician assistant hooding ceremonies; receptions for graduating master of public health, occupational therapy, and medical laboratory science students; and the President’s Commencement Luncheon. Susan was able to attend some of the events with me, but she had to miss others due to her clinical responsibilities—I’m not the only cardiologist in our family!

At the medical student awards brunch and at commencement on Sunday, we thanked and honored several volunteer clinical faculty who generously donate their time and experience to help educate our students. Here is a list of the faculty so honored; if you know any of them or are under their care, please tell them “thank you” for us. We wouldn’t be able to educate our students without their help and support, and we are deeply appreciative. This is why recognizing and thanking them in person at the brunch and commencement was a real privilege for us. By the way, we also recognize their efforts by running ads in their local newspapers with our thanks. And the commencement speaker at graduation, Dr. Ralph Levitt—who was selected by the graduating medical students—did a marvelous job, entertaining us all with stories of his past experiences with real patients that explored with sensitivity and insight the often-complicated doctor-patient relationship.

UND had several other noteworthy events this past week; on Wednesday, we welcomed two new individuals to UND. Associate Dean for Administration and Finance Laura Block and I spent some time with UND’s new Vice President for Finance and Operations (VPFO) Jed Shivers during his first day on campus. And on the same day, the school welcomed Donald Warne, MD, our new Director of the Indians into Medicine program and the inaugural Associate Dean for Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity. You may recall that I outlined Dr. Warne’s background and responsibilities here at UND in my E-News column a few weeks ago.

Our meeting with Jed was quite positive, and we even had time for a quick tour of the new building. In case you're wondering, outgoing VPFO Alice Brekke will continue to serve UND until mid-August, when her retirement starts, although no longer as the VPFO. This degree of overlap between the outgoing and incoming VPFOs is very desirable, given the challenges of preparing budgets for the upcoming legislative session, optimizing operations throughout the university, and assisting academic units in their compliance with the MIRA budgeting process (MIRA is the acronym we use for the Model of Incentive-based Resource Allocation).

Finally, a brief update on our continuous quality improvement efforts regarding the medical student curriculum and program. As you may recall, we maintain a fully-accredited status from our accreditation body, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), and our next review will not occur for another four years. Nevertheless, we have established a process of constant and recurring attention to and assessment of our compliance with each of the 12 standards (and the 93 sub-standards called “elements”). Under the overall leadership of Chief Medical Accreditation Officer Steven Tinguely, MD, the School systematically reviews our compliance with all of the elements and standards. And just to make sure that we aren’t missing anything, we arranged for a visit next month by Kevin Dorsey, MD, the recently retired dean of the Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine. Why Kevin? Because during his tenure as Dean at SIU, the School received two consecutive citation-free LCME accreditation visits—that is, not one citation over sixteen years! That accomplishment is virtually unprecedented, so we are looking forward to Dr. Dorsey’s visit as we try to replicate—or at least come close to—his outstanding track record.

Joshua Wynne, MD, MBA, MPH
UND Vice President for Health Affairs
Dean, UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences

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Christopher Wiley to speak on "Metabolic Control of Cellular Senescence: Implications for Aging" May 18

On Friday, May 18, 2018, Christopher Wiley will give a seminar at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences titled "Metabolic Control of Cellular Senescence: Implications for Aging." The talk will be held from 11 a.m. to noon in room E221.

Christopher Wiley is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Biological Chemistry, University of California, Irvine, Calif. He studies cellular senescence from the context of metabolism. Among other discoveries, he pioneered and characterized mitochondrial dysfunction-associated senescence (MiDAS); determined the molecular mechanisms behind arrest; and identified a unique MiDAS SASP and showed that it inhibits adipogenesis and promotes keratinocyte differentiation.

Everyone is welcome.

William B. Jeffries to speak on the "Death of the Lecture" May 23

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to join Dr. William B. Jeffries on May 23 in the Charles M. Fee, MD, Auditorium (E101) for a talk entitled “Embracing Evidence-Based Teaching: Curricular, Infrastructure and Faculty Development.” This is the second in the Educator Faculty Development Speaker Series sponsored by the Office of Education and Faculty Affairs and by Education Resources. The talk starts at noon.

Dr. Jeffries is widely known for his leadership in redesigning the University of Vermont’s medical curriculum to replace all lectures with active learning. The Washington Post wrote about this effort which sparked a national conversation about the role of the lecture in medical education, including a widely read piece in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Dr. Jeffries will discuss the factors that led to the development of the culture of lecturing at medical schools, define the concept of active learning, and review the evidence for its efficacy. Participants will develop strategies on how to introduce active learning into their medical teaching and learn how a medical school can support the use of these methods. Dr. Jeffries will also visit with curriculum personnel throughout the day and will be available for follow-up discussion at 1 p.m. in E418 (lunch is provided, but space is limited).

William B. Jeffries, PhD, is the senior associate dean for Medical Education and professor of Pharmacology at the Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. Dr. Jeffries earned his master's and doctoral degrees in pharmacology from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. He is an elected Fellow of the American Heart Association and spent two decades as a successful hypertension research investigator. He has also been actively engaged in health sciences education for more than twenty years, teaching and directing courses for medical, nursing, pharmacy and dental students. His current scholarly interests include effective teaching, curriculum design, strategic institutional planning, and technological innovation. He is author of nearly 100 publications and is coeditor (with Dr. Kathryn Huggett) of two editions of An Introduction to Medical Education, a faculty development manual for medical teachers. Dr. Jeffries served on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Medical Science Educators and is a past chair of the Division for Pharmacology Education of the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. In 2017 he was the recipient of the IAMSE Master Scholar Award, for distinguished educational Scholarship.

As part of the day’s events, graduate student Jessica Warns will present “Instructor and Learner Behaviors in a Medical School Classroom Designed for Active Learning” at 10:30 a.m. in room E422. The presentation/workshop will provide an overview of the research she and Dr. John Shabb conducted last year to measure the kinds of teaching activities that occur in the active learning classrooms at the SMHS. The workshop will provide hands-on practice scoring with Classroom Observation Protocol for Undergraduate STEM (COPUS), the tool they used for measuring teaching behavior.

If you are interested in attending any of these events, please RSVP here to ensure we have adequate seating at all events. We hope to see you there!

Carlos Orihuela to speak on preventable cell death and pneumonia on May 30

The Department of Biomedical Sciences has invited microbiologist and infectious disease specialist Carlos Orihuela, PhD, to give a presentation titled “Preventable cell death in the respiratory tract during pneumococcal infection" from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30. The presentation will be held in the Charles H. Fee, MD Auditorium (Room E101) on the Grand Forks campus.

Dr. Orihuela obtained his bachelor of science degree from Baylor University in 1996. He subsequently earned his PhD in microbiology and immunology from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston where he was a Kempner Scholar. From 2001 to 2005, Dr. Orihuela completed his postdoctoral research training in the Department of Infectious Diseases at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. He returned to Texas in 2005, as an assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. While at San Antonio, Dr. Orihuela was promoted with tenure to associate professor and received the Presidential Junior Research Scholar Award, Distinguished Hispanic Faculty Award from the Graduate School, and Glenn Award for Research in Biological Mechanisms of Aging. In 2015, Dr. Orihuela joined the Department of Microbiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Dr. Orihuela currently is a member of the Host Interactions with Bacterial Pathogens Study Section for the NIH, associate editor for the journals PLOS Pathogens and Infection and Immunity, and editor of a recent book on the molecular mechanisms of Streptococcus pneumoniae pathogenesis. His research is focused on the host-pathogen interactions that prevent and enable development of invasive pneumococcal disease.

Everyone is welcome to attend!

Welcome reception for incoming INMED Director Donald Warne is May 31

A welcome reception for Donald Warne, MD, MPH, new director of the INMED Program and associate dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 31 in the West Atrium of the SMHS building.

Most recently the Chair of the Department of Public Health in the NDSU College of Health Professions, Warne assumes the role of INMED Director long held by Eugene Delorme, JD, who retired in 2017. Joycelyn Dorscher, MD, has served as interim INMED director since last year.

Among other duties, in his new role Warne will support the needs of American Indian healthcare students on the University of North Dakota campus; help provide reservation communities with culturally competent healthcare providers; maintain strong relationships between the SMHS and tribal communities in North Dakota and the surrounding region; and contribute to the School’s scholarly, service, and teaching missions.

Established in 1973, INMED is a national program designed to help support more American Indian health professionals dedicated to practicing in underserved and rural areas, including but not limited to reservations. INMED services include academic and personal counseling for students, assistance with financial aid application, and summer enrichment sessions at the junior high through professional school levels.

Please join us to hear from Dr. Warne and Dean Wynne—and enjoy light refreshments.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Zen in 10 is back!

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 will be held from 10:40 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through June 28 on the East Patio of the SMHS, weather permitting. In case of inclement weather, Zen in 10 will meet in SMHS classroom W201.

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

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School of Medicine and Health Sciences recognizes end-of-year faculty and student award winners

The University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences presented a number of awards to its graduating medical students and the School’s faculty and other community volunteers during its commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 13, including the Leonard Tow Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award and the Dean’s Special Recognition Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Faculty.

Of the roughly 1,700 physicians in North Dakota, nearly 1,200 have voluntary clinical faculty appointments at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, said Joshua Wynne, MD, MBA, MPH, vice president for health affairs and dean of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

“As a community-based institution, the School could not carry out its educational mission without the dedication and sacrifice of our voluntary faculty members,” Wynne added. “We are fortunate to have many dedicated physicians from across North Dakota who teach. These physicians have gone above and beyond the call of duty in giving our students the benefit of their time, experience, knowledge, and wisdom gained from years of caring for patients.”

The winners of the Dean’s Special Recognition Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Faculty were:

  • Michael R. Brown, MD, Obstetrician/Gynecologist at Altru Health System, Grand Forks, N.D.
  • Steven Hill, MD, Psychiatrist at Northeast Human Service Center, Grand Forks, N.D.
  • Zena Homan, MD, Obstetrician/Gynecologist at Essentia Health, Fargo, N.D.
  • Dawn Mattern, MD, Family Medicine/Sports Medicine physician at Trinity Health, Minot, N.D.
  • Dave Molmen, MPH, CEO of Altru Health System, Grand Forks, N.D.

Likewise, the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards are presented to a graduating student and faculty member at over 100 of the nation’s medical schools. The Gold Foundation began the award in 1991 at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey began replicating these awards nationwide in 1998, with participation from the Gold Foundation. In 2003, with a generous donation from Leonard Tow, these awards became solely sponsored and administered by the Gold Foundation. This award is given to those who best demonstrate the Foundation’s ideals of outstanding compassion in the delivery of care; respect for patients, their families, and healthcare colleagues; and clinical excellence.

The winners of the Leonard Tow Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award were:

  • Peter L. White, MD, Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine, Bismarck, N.D.
  • Michael F. Gilchrist, Bismarck, N.D.

Peter White, MD, clinical associate professor of internal medicine at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences and an anesthesiologist/critical care specialist for CHI St. Alexius in Bismarck, N.D., was honored with the prestigious Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Faculty Award at the School’s commencement on May 13. Michael Gilchrist, MD, received the Tow Award for graduating medical students.

Additional awards handed out to graduating medical students and area physicians and researchers included:

Alpha Omega Alpha Volunteer Clinical Faculty Recognition

  • Devendranath Mannuru, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Sanford Health, Fargo

Alpha Omega Alpha Alumnus Recognition

  • David W. Newman, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Alumnus (MD Class of 2007), Fargo
  • Ryan Hoovestol, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Alumnus (MD Class of 2008), Bismarck

Alpha Omega Alpha Resident Recognition

  • Joel Erickson, MD, Psychiatry Residency Program, UND Medical Education Center, Fargo
  • Amit Kaushal, MD, Internal Medicine, Sanford Medical Center, Fargo
  • Ermelinda Kerpi, MD, UND Center for Family Medicine, Minot

Outstanding Teaching Awards

  • Rabeea Aboufakher, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Grand Forks
  • Aaron J. Chalmers, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery and Alumnus (MD Class of 2007), Bismarck
  • James A. Schmidt, MD, Clinical Instructor of Family and Community Medicine and Alum (MD Class of 2004), Minot
  • Daniel M. Tuvin, MD, Instructor of Surgery, Fargo

Gold Humanism Honor Society Inductees (June 19, 2017)

  • Grace L. Carson, Fargo, N.D.
  • Eric D. Christensen, Bismarck, N.D.
  • Michael F. Gilchrist, Bismarck, N.D.
  • Jason D. Greenwood, Fargo, N.D.
  • S. Nabeel Hyder, Bismarck, N.D.
  • Adria F. Johnson, Fargo, N.D.
  • Seth J. Kalin, Crookston, Minn.
  • Anna M. Kozlowski, Fargo, N.D.
  • Cameron D. MacInnis, Healdsburg, Calif.
  • Vanessa L. Stumpf, Mandan, N.D.

The North Dakota Medical Association Awards

  • S. Nabeel Hyder, Bismarck, N.D.
  • Siri A. Urquhart, Forest Lake, Minn.
  • Jill K. Wieser, Wahpeton, N.D.

North Dakota District Medical Society Awards

  • First District (Fargo) Whitney L. Bettenhausen and Brandon T. Fisher
  • Third District (Grand Forks) Marc O. Granrud
  • Fourth District (Minot) Thomas M. Seaver
  • Sixth District (Bismarck) Jennifer L. Glatt

University Alumni Special Awards

  • Jordan J. Bleth, Bismarck, N.D.
  • Katrina L. Foster, Leeds, N.D.
  • Vanessa L. Stumpf, Mandan, N.D.

North Dakota Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians Scholarship Award

  • Daniel M. Kolm, Scotts Valley, Calif.

Mid Dakota Center for Women Award

  • Grace L. Carson, Fargo, N.D.

Kokila and Raman Patel, M.D., Family Practice Award

  • Lee M. Kiedrowski, Dickinson, N.D.

Laura Ehmann Memorial Pediatric Scholarship Award

  • Mari C. Goldade, Williston, N.D.

Dr. Nadim and Rola Kanafani Koleilat Award

  • Eric D. Christensen, Bismarck, N.D.

Dr. John Wahl Memorial Rural Health Scholarship Award

  • Bruce R. Pehl, Wahpeton, N.D.

The Welsh Award

  • Matthew J. Glogoza, Fargo, N.D.
  • Megan C. Schmidt, Minot, N.D.

Tiongson Humanities Award

  • Landon J. Melchior, Fargo, N.D.

Robert C. Painter, M.D., Internal Medicine Award

  • Marc O. Granrud, Minneapolis, Minn.

Lloyd S. Ralston, M.D., Memorial Endowment Award

  • Anna M. Kozlowski, Fargo, N.D.

Dr. Louis B. and Thelma K. Silverman Medical Award

  • Cory P. Miller, Billings, Mont.

Altru Clinic Senior Medical Student Fund Award

  • Katherine C. Benedict, Sabin, Minn.
  • Lisa R. Poole, Wheaton, Minn.
  • Adam J. Swigost, Bismarck, N.D.

American College of Physicians–Department of Internal Medicine Mack V. Traynor Award

  • Amber D. Stola, Beltrami, Minn.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Senior Award

  • Brandon J. Hart, Grand Forks, N.D.

Department of Pathology Senior Award

  • Deland J. Weyrauch, Ray, N.D.

Bradley Neil Meyer, M.D., Diagnostic Radiology Award

  • Joley E. Beeler, Minot, N.D.
  • Landon J. Melchior, Fargo, N.D.
  • Matthew S. Wagner, Fargo, N.D.

Department of Surgery Senior Award

  • Anthony S. Arveschoug, Billings, Mont.

Richard P. Stadter Excellence in Psychiatry Award

  • Seth J. Kalin, Crookston, Minn.

Joy M. Query Prize for Social and Behavioral Science

  • Marc O. Granrud, Minneapolis, Minn.

Michael Kaspari Recovery Award

  • Daniel W. Augustadt, Bismarck, N.D.

William Crozier and Edith Magwood Fawcett Faculty Enhancement Award

  • Arielle Selya, PhD, Assistant Professor, Population Health

Reverend Elmer and Min West Memorial Faculty Award

  • Joycelyn Dorscher, MD, Associate Dean for Student Affairs & Admissions and Interim Director, Indians Into Medicine

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Recognition

  • Anthony S. Arveschoug
  • Katherine C. Benedict
  • Whitney L. Bettenhausen*
  • Brock C. Davidson
  • Brandon T. Fisher
  • Matthew J. Glogoza
  • S. Nabeel Hyder
  • Adel S. Mergoum
  • Cory P. Miller
  • Siri A. Urquhart
  • Gregory J. Wieland*

*selected during their junior year

Alpha Omega Alpha Junior Student Recognition

  • Rachel G. Ellens, Brainerd, Minn.
  • Brenna A. Fanning, Helena, Mont.

Alpha Omega Alpha Faculty Recognition

  • James L. Roerig, PharmD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science, Fargo
  • Gautam Phadke, MBBS, MD, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Fargo

School of Medicine and Health Sciences announces 2018 Sophomore Award Winners

Several second-year medical students were recipients of a series of sophomore awards on Thursday, May 10, 2018, when the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences hosted its 2018 Sophomore Awards luncheon in the School’s Charles H. Fee, MD, Auditorium. Academic, teaching, and service awards were presented on behalf of the School and the North Dakota Medical Association, including the:

North Dakota Medical Association Awards

Awarded to second-year students nominated by their peers, the Class of 2020, and recognized for outstanding performance in the following three curricular areas:

Group Leadership and Professionalism: Paige Williams, Wahpeton, N.D.

Engages in ethical conduct, facilitates group interaction and productivity, motivates others to learn, exhibits personal integrity, and interacts with others appropriately with respect and courtesy.

Peer Teaching:  Annika Strand, Grand Forks, N.D.

Outstanding contributions to the group's database and facilitating group learning, skillful and accurate presentations, and willingness to assist fellow classmates to learn concepts they do not understand.

Integration of Basic Science and Clinical Application:  John “Jack” Stacy, Cheyenne, Wyo.

Ability to analyze problems, generate hypotheses, set priorities, test hypotheses and formulate alternative hypotheses, draw appropriate conclusions, and apply the knowledge to patient cases.

SMHS Academic Awards

The following awards are presented to second-year medical students in recognition of their overall academic achievements:

The DeBoer Memorial Award:  Ashley Wood, Georgetown, Minn.

Given in memory of Mrs. Benjamin DeBoer and presented by the Department of Biomedical Sciences (formerly by the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Therapeutics).

Dr. Philip H. Woutat Memorial Scholarship Award:  Anna Melicher, Fargo, N.D.

Presented by the Department of Biomedical Sciences (formerly by the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology) on behalf of Mrs. Philip H. Woutat in memory of her husband for his longtime service as a radiology instructor.

Dr. William Eugene Cornatzer Award:  Annika Strand, Grand Forks, N.D.

Presented by the Department of Biomedical Sciences (formerly by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) in recognition of Dr. William Eugene Cornatzer, the founder of the department, the first chair, and a pioneering and innovative leader in medical education and biomedical research.

Dr. James Kelleher Award:  Thomas Walter, Fridley, Minn.

Presented by the Department of Biomedical Sciences (formerly by the Department of Microbiology and Immunology) in honor of Dr. Kelleher's outstanding service to the School of Medicine and Health Sciences and his dedication and contributions to the teaching of medical students.

SMHS Service Award

Kevin Monk Award:  Jacob Greenmyer, Stirum, N.D.

Given to a second-year medical student for outstanding service to the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Outstanding Teacher Awards

Portrait Award:  Walter Kemp, MD, PhD

For outstanding support of students during their first two years of medical education.

Golden Apple Award:

   Presented by Sophomore Students:  Walter Kemp, MD, PhD

   Presented by Freshman Students:  Chernet Tessema, MD, PhD

   For excellence in teaching, presented to the instructor whose instruction has had the greatest impact on the class.

North Dakota Epidemiological Profile on Key Substance Abuse Indicators is now online

The North Dakota Health Workforce Group at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences Center for Rural Health has compiled its Epidemiological Profile on Key Substance Abuse Indicators for the North Dakota Department of Human Services. The Profile identifies alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, and the non-medicinal use of prescription drug prevalence, consequences, and modifiable risk factors in North Dakota.

According to the Profile's authors, while the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs have declined generally in the state, use still remains above the national average. As the Profile's Executive Summary puts it, "The state of North Dakota has made progress in the rates of substance abuse and related consequences in recent years. Despite this, North Dakota remains above the national average in many areas, which indicates further prevention implementation is necessary to improve the quality of life in the state."

The Center for Rural Health, the North Dakota Department of Human Services, and the State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW) partnered on this project.

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Next Evidence-Based Teaching Group to meet on June 5

The Evidence-Based Teaching Group (EBTG) will meet on Tuesday, June 5 from 11 a.m. to noon in SMHS room W201. You are invited to attend! The meeting topic is "Evidence-Based Precepting: Challenges, Opportunities, and Solutions."

Are you a healthcare professional charged with providing high-quality learning experiences for healthcare students in clinical settings while simultaneously meeting your responsibilities as a provider? You are not alone! Many preceptors have demanding healthcare practices, have rarely had formal training as educators, and find it challenging to bring evidence-based teaching practices into the clinical setting. What are the best ways to ensure high-quality precepting under these kinds of constraints?

This SMHS Evidence-Based Teaching Group session will explore evidence-based precepting. We’ll start with a panel of healthcare educators who will share some of their solutions and strategies. For example, contrary to conventional wisdom, the role of feedback, scaffolding, and guidance are just as important on the job as they are in formal learning environments. This will be followed by an interactive discussion of solutions to your precepting questions and challenges.

Panelists, who will be moderated by Richard Van Eck (Education Resources), include Steve Westereng (Sports Medicine), Bryan DeLage (Family & Community Medicine), and LaVonne Fox (Occupational Therapy).

The EBTG hosts events based on topics determined by the expressed interest of its members. The EBTG meets the first Tuesday of every month in W201 or W202; meetings are free and open to anyone—no RSVP needed! Past topics have included assessment, online learning, precepting, active learning, simulation, ADA compliance, and educational scholarship. Many of the past events can be streamed from our website. If you are interested in anything related to evidence-based teaching, join us! If you have any questions, would like more information, or would like to suggest (or lead!) a future meeting topic, please contact Adrienne Salentiny at

Hope to see you there!

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Great Plains IDeA-CTR to host community-based research workshop in Omaha on May 23

The Great Plains IDeA-Clinical and Translational Research (IDeA-CTR) group, of which the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences is a member, will host a community-based research workshop from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23. The one-day event will be held at the University of Nebraska Medical Center's Maurer College of Public Health, room 3013, in Omaha, Nebraska.

Invited presenters include:

  • Kenneth Wells, MD, MPH, professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA
  • Loretta Jones, CEO and Founder of the Los Angeles-based Healthy African American Families II
  • Felicia Jones, director of programs for Healthy African American Families II

This workshop has been developed for individuals interested in learning about community-engaged research, finding a mentor, or becoming a mentor for someone who is utilizing community-engaged research approaches from the academic (faculty or staff) or community partner perspectives.

For more information, email Heather Braddock or call 402.552.2260. To register for the event, go here.

Great Plains IDeA-CTR grant writing workshop to be held at SMHS on June 18

One Monday, June 18, 2018, the Great Plains IDeA Clinical and Translational Research Network will offer area researchers a Grant Writing Workshop. The workshop will be held in SMHS room W202 from 8 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. and will cover writing for publication, writing grant applications, and speaking for success.

The workshop will be facilitated by Paul Casella, MFA, a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Since 1988, Casella has worked with health professionals to improve the clarity and effectiveness of their manuscripts for publication, formal presentations, grant applications, slides, posters, videos, and other media for scientific purposes. He was writer and primary editor of the funded Great Plains IDeA-CTR grant application.

This workshop schedule is as follows:

8 a.m. to 9:20 a.m.
Writing for Publication--This presentation examines the structures and positions of emphasis in the sentence, paragraph, and sections of the formal study to help authors authorize their claims. The session includes a test of reasoning that authors can apply to the articles they read and the papers they write.

9:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.
Writing Grant Applications--This session reviews the principles of good grant writing to produce clear, direct, and compelling proposals. It focuses on understanding the psychology of reviewers and the review process, how to engage readers and facilitate understanding, and how to manage the proposal writing process. The session also suggests proposal templates and includes exercises related to specific elements of a scientific proposal, particularly the Specific Aims page.

11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
Speaking for Success--This course reviews how adults learn as a means to examine effective delivery techniques to engage scientific and clinical peer audiences. It provides practical information on how to deliver powerful oral and PowerPoint presentations in the classroom, conference room, auditorium, and at regional or national meetings.

Register for the workshop here.

Questions? Contact Jonathan Geiger or 701.777.2183.

Principal Investigators: note changes in Grants Management office

Faculty and staff serving as Principal Investigators for grants/sponsored projects administered through the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) are advised that the Grants Management office will no longer return signed copies of proposals to researchers after proposals have been submitted. Instead, Diane Hillebrand will provide researchers with a scanned .pdf copy of the Proposal Transmittal Form after it has been signed.

Why? This revised process is expected to cut down on copying expenses, saving not only trees but financial resources for the SMHS.

Do researchers need to make any changes to their processes? Not necessarily: PIs can continue providing Grants Management with only one copy of their Proposal Transmittal Form, as they have always done. The difference is that researchers will receive back only an electronic copy of their signed form; the Central Grants office in Twamley Hall will keep the original.

If you have any questions about this change, please contact SMHS Grants Manager Diane Hillebrand, CRA, BBA, at 701.777.2808 or

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Library Notes

Memorial Day weekend and summer hours for Library Resources Information Desk

Beginning next week, and continuing throughout the summer, the Library Resources Information Desk hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday only. It will expand its hours again for the fall semester on Monday, August 13. The Information Desk will be closed on Monday, May 28, 2018, for Memorial Day.

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