Friday, August 10, 2018

From The Dean

Friday, August 10, 2018

This week, the UND SMHS welcomes the 39 men and 38 women of the incoming medical student class of 2022. When looking at all four medical student classes, we have an almost equal mix of men and women, reflecting the national average. Our students average 24 years of age, and more than half received their undergraduate degree from either UND (24), Concordia (10), or NDSU (11). Their first week is an introductory one before the real work starts Monday. I had the opportunity to meet and visit with them several times this week, and I am impressed by their enthusiasm, energy, and altruism.

This past Monday I welcomed the students to campus and—reflecting the School’s patient-centered approach—presented them with a difficult decision to make with a patient. The exercise was largely ethical, challenging them to consider what was the right thing to do in this particular situation. It involved whether to insert a special pacemaker-like device in the patient that many view as futile and inappropriate care. Just as we physicians struggle with these type of decisions in real life, the students also struggled to try to decide what was the right thing to do—in a case where there really is no clear right or wrong answer.

Then on Wednesday night, my wife, Dr. Susan Farkas, and I welcomed the students with a reception at the on-campus North Dakota Museum of Art. Many of the students wandered around the gallery and enjoyed the current art exhibit, and all engaged in conversation with each other and us. Susan and I split up for the evening so that each of us could visit with all of the students. It was a fun evening, and I don’t think that anyone left early. We had a special treat when U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp stopped by the reception for a few minutes. She visited with some of the students and then gave a few brief remarks. Her comments were personal, reflecting on some medical experiences that she and her family have had. Thank you again, Sen. Heitkamp!

The introductory week concludes today, and it’s a busy day for me. At 11 a.m. I am the discussant for the students’ first case “wrap-up,” where we discuss the patient scenario they have been analyzing this week in their patient-centered learning (PCL) groups. Then, at 1 p.m. the students, along with their families, will assemble in the Charles H. Fee, M.D., Auditorium where I and other speakers will give presentations. My talk will focus on the past, present, and future of the School. Finally, at 5 p.m. tonight we’ll hold our traditional White Coat Ceremony, when each student will receive their first white coat. The ceremony, sponsored in part by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, occurs at most medical schools across the country, and is designed to remind students of the sacred and very special relationship that society lets them have with their patients. We are delighted that the celebratory address will be given by our Northeast (Grand Forks) Campus Dean Dr. Susan Zelewski. Following the festivities, all will be invited to enjoy a supper. Many family members and friends of the students are expected to attend the event, and we are expecting a record number of attendees—over 500 at last count!

Finally, I’m very pleased and proud to note that Dr. Min Wu, professor of biomedical sciences, has received another R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health. The R01 grant is arguably the most prestigious grant one can receive, so congratulations to Professor Wu, who is studying ways to reduce inflammation during bacterial infection using novel molecules called long non-coding RNAs. And the receipt of this grant, along with the other current R01s at the School, marks the greatest number of active R01 grants in the history of the SMHS. So congratulations to all of the researchers at the School who are working hard to fulfill a portion of the purpose statement that was established by the North Dakota Legislature for the SMHS and is enshrined in our Century Code—“the discovery of knowledge that benefits the people of this state and enhances the quality of their lives” (NDCC Section 15-52-01).

Thus, through health care workforce development, research, and the myriad service functions of the UND SMHS, we—the faculty, staff, and students at the School—are working hard to serve the people of North Dakota. As a state-supported public school, we are focused on our mission to serve the public, and we are proud to be representatives of your UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences!

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

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Welcome: Anna Pendleton

Anna Pendleton is an Administrative Secretary with the Department of Physical Therapy at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences. In her position, Anna provides support for multiple aspects of outcomes assessment research, program assessment, and student learning assessment. She also serves as the departmental receptionist and provides secretarial support to the department faculty with Alyson White as her supervisor. Anna graduated from the University of California Riverside in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History. She also earned a certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in 2014 and a certificate in College Admissions Counseling in 2018, both from the University of California Riverside Extension. Anna is originally from Davis, California, and recently relocated to North Dakota from Southern California where she worked in International Student Programs for four years.

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Save the Date: American College of Physicians poster competition

The American College of Physicians North Dakota Chapter will hold its annual meeting in Bismarck, N.D., October 3-5, 2018. The annual poster competition associated with the meeting will be held at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo on October 3, 2018, and the main NDACP meeting will be at the Bismarck Event Center on Friday, October 5, 2018. All UND medical students and Internal Medicine residents are invited to participate. Abstracts for the poster competition will be due on September 14, 2018. Additional details about the competition will be available in August.

The meeting brochure can be found here.

Zen in 10 this summer

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 at the SMHS from 10:40 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 31 through August 30 on the East Patio, weather permitting. In case of inclement weather, Zen in 10 will meet in the SMHS auditorium (E101).

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

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INMED says farewell to another class of Summer Institute students

The Indians into Medicine (INMED) Program at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) recently wrapped up its annual INMED Summer Institute. The six-week institute offers summer academic enrichment sessions for dozens of American Indian students at the junior high, high school, and medical preparatory levels. This year’s program hosted 42 students representing 14 tribes from eight different states.

The summer program is designed to bolster participants’ math and science skills, introduce health career requirements, and help develop potential for success in health science careers. In addition, the program introduces students to life on a college campus. Students are housed in UND residence halls, eat in UND dining centers, and attend courses held in University classrooms.

Activities this year included a visit to the Indian Health Service clinic in Belcourt, N.D., stops at various UND departments, as well as the SMHS Simulation Center, and a trip to Sully’s Hill State Park near Devils Lake, N.D.

“For me personally, the Summer Institute was very inspiring. These young people take six weeks out of their summer vacations to spend time with us and to build their skillsets in the sciences in an effort to succeed better in higher education,” noted INMED Program Director Donald Warne, MD, MPH. “I feel a strong sense of responsibility to those who have entrusted us to provide a positive experience for these students. And, I feel hopeful for the future in knowing that these young, intelligent Native people are pursuing careers in the health professions.”

The institute culminated with a banquet on July 19, at which awards were given, including the “most improved” and overall outstanding student awards. Dr. Warne spoke about the role that INMED plays in educating American Indian students.

New SMHS website is live!

If you haven't noticed, the new UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences website is live at:

Over the next few weeks, E-News will be providing answers to a series of FAQs that many UND SMHS faculty, staff, and students may have about the site, beginning with this question:

Q:  "Where are the links to my Email, Blackboard, Dropbox, and Room Scheduling platforms?"

 A:  Blackboard, Dropbox, and other external platform links used by students, faculty, and staff are now in the black bar at the top of every SMHS webpage under the "Logins" button. Also located in that bar is the "Info For" button, which provides links to information important to specific user groups such as faculty/staff, students, and the general public. This info includes links to SMHS policies, human resources, HIPAA training, and the Information Resources and Library Resources teams.

Q:  "Why can't I see the new website using the URL provided?"

A:  It could be that you need to clear the cache from your web browser or complete a "DNS flush" on your computer. To do the latter, follow the instructions here


More questions and answers next week!

Class of 2022 medical students to don white coats on Aug. 10

Seventy-seven first-year medical students, members of the Doctor of Medicine (MD) Class of 2022, begin their journey next week to become physicians at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences (UND SMHS).

Medical students’ first week is dedicated to orientation, including an introduction to UND’s nationally recognized, four-year, patient-centered curriculum where biomedical and clinical sciences are taught in the context of an interdisciplinary educational setting. Special emphasis is placed on students’ new roles and expectations of them as health professionals.

Orientation concludes with the White Coat Ceremony at 5 p.m. on Friday, August 10 in the Alerus Center Ballroom, 1200 S. 42nd St., in Grand Forks where students receive their first white coats, the physician’s traditional garment, which have been donated by the North Dakota Medical Association. Students will also recite the Oath of Hippocrates, a vow physicians have been taking for more than 2,000 years to uphold basic ethical principles of the medical profession. Each student will receive a lapel pin, donated by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, engraved with the phrase “Humanism in Medicine.”

Susan Zelewski, MD, assistant dean of the UND SMHS Northeast Campus in Grand Forks and a pediatrician with Altru Health System, will give the ceremony’s Dr. David and Lola Rognlie Monson Lecture. Dr. Zelewski’s presentation is entitled “More than just pockets.”

“I am excited to be able to participate in this important day with our incoming medical students,” Dr. Zelewski noted. “This is a great opportunity for students to be able to start their clinical journey focusing on what the white coat truly means.”

After the ceremony, the School will host an indoor picnic for students, family, and friends at the Alerus Center.

The 38 women and 39 men, ranging in age from 21 to 37 years, come to medical school with experience in an array of fields and academic degrees, including: anthropology, athletic training, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, criminal justice, electrical engineering, forensics, genetics, kinesiology, microbiology, music, neuroscience, nursing, psychology, radiologic-tech, and zoology. Students’ undergraduate minors include Latin, agribusiness, marine biology, Spanish, German, botany, crop science, art, Scandinavian studies, math, wellness, and health care informatics.

Many students already hold advanced degrees, including master’s degrees in biomedical sciences, music, public health, nursing, and anatomical & translational sciences. Four students already hold doctoral degrees.

“The donning of the white coat symbolizes the very special social contract that exists between society and health care providers,” commented Joshua Wynne, MD, MBA, MPH, vice president for health affairs at UND and dean of the UND SMHS. “Although much has changed in medicine since I was a medical student years ago, one thing that has not changed—thankfully—is that sacred relationship between doctor and patient. The white coat remains a tangible symbol of the trust that patients bestow in their doctors. And the White Coat Ceremony is a reminder that that trust must be earned—and re-earned—each and every day by every health care provider.”

MD Class of 2022 Names and Hometowns:

Ali Al Saegh, Fargo, N.D.

Eric Leveille, Marlette, Mich.

Haaris Ali, Fargo, N.D.

Jared Magnuson, Fargo, N.D.

Matthew Amundson, Grand Forks, N.D.

Xiaowei Malone, Shijiazhueng, China

Seth Arntz, Thompson, N.D.

Lalangi  Marasinghe, Grand Forks, N.D.

Tiffany Azzarello, Minot, N.D.

Erika Mojica, San Juan, Philippines

Jordan Barth, Bismarck, N.D.

Sean Montgomery, Fargo, N.D.

Ashley Bartlett, Sartell, Minn.

Jessica Mooberry-Carruth, Benson, Minn.

Sweta Boban, Bismarck, N.D.

Destiny Nguyen, Eyota, Minn.

Hayden Brodersen, Newfolden, Minn.

ThuyTien Nguyen, Bismarck, N.D.

Andrew Brown, Detroit Lakes, Minn.

Edmond Njua, Bamenda, Cameroon

Christopher Brown, Bismarck, N.D.

RaMae Norton, Minto, N.D.

Andrew Carman, Bismarck, N.D.

Marcus Osman, Fargo, N.D.

Celeste Colegrove, Wasilla, Alaska

Andrew Pasek, Billings, Mont.

Bradley Conant, Fargo, N.D.

Tanner Piper, Grand Forks, N.D.

Margarita Consing, Grand Forks, N.D.

Sarah Pippin, Williston, N.D.

Marcus Cooley, Provo, Utah

Zachary Podoll, Velva, N.D.

Allison Cregg, Hoyt Lakes, Minn.

Austin Promersberger, Fargo, N.D.

Hannah Drazenovich, Maple Grove, Minn.

Sarah Rasmussen, Hazen, N.D.

Jesse Ewaldt, Minnetonka, Minn.

Anna Reinholz, Fargo, N.D.

Emily Falcon, Belcourt, N.D.

Ann Renner, Detroit Lakes, Minn.

Kemin Fena, Duluth, Minn.

Lynn Reynolds, Dillon, Mont.

Mikayla Forness, West Fargo, N.D.

Casey Ricker, Hickson, N.D.

Bethany Freeland, Mayville, N.D.

Nora Rimatzki, Minot, N.D.

Casey Fugleberg, Grand Forks, N.D.

Joshua Robak, St. Cloud. Minn.

Ashley Gao, Fargo, N.D.

Mitchell Sand, Andover, Minn.

Kirsten Hager, Roseau, Minn.

Anne Sandstrom, Bismarck, N.D.

Donald Hamm, Power, Mont.

Jared Schommer, Munich, N.D.

Veronica Harrison, Mesa, Ariz.

Nolan Schwarz, Bismarck, N.D.

Alexandra Hopkins, Bismarck, N.D.

Rachel Silkey, Dickinson, N.D.

Hunter Huff Towle, Bismarck, N.D.

Tanner Simonson, Crosby, N.D.

Abby Jessell, Stillwater, Okla.

Signe Thorpe, Eau Claire, Wisc.

Katrina Johnson, St. Joseph, Minn.

McKenzie Titus, Fargo, N.D.

Mariah Jorda, Dickinson, N.D.

Daniel Todorovic, Grand Forks, N.D.

Luke Keller, Bismarck, N.D.

Ryan Toledo, Silver Spring, Md.

Adam Kemp, Williston, N.D.

Kalisi Uluave, St. George, Utah

Matthew Kretschmar, Ashley, N.D.

Makayla VanDerostyne, Canby, Minn.

Christina Krieger, Galesburg, N.D.

Jonah Warwick, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Samantha Lambert, Cody, Wyo.

Abby Wilmer, Warroad, Minn.

Francis Landman, Fargo, N.D.










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Renae Reinardy, Psy.D., presents Psychiatry Grand Rounds Aug. 15

Renae Reinardy, Psy.D., will present " Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors: Clinical Considerations in the Understanding and Treatment of Hair Pulling and Skin Picking” from 12:10 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15 at UND Southeast Campus auditorium in Fargo. Dr. Reinardy received her doctorate at Argosy University, Washington, D.C. She is the Director of the Lakeside Center for Behavioral Change. Dr. Reinardy specializes in the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder, trichotillomania, skin picking, hoarding disorder, and related conditions. She has been an adjunct professor and has presented numerous times at national conferences and at local meetings and trainings. She is also the Program Developer of Courage Critters, on online and plush animal system. Dr. Reinardy has been interviewed on Good Morning America and the Joy Behar Show. She was featured on Dateline NBC and A&E’s Hoarders.

Grand Rounds Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the learner will be able to:

          1) Discuss diagnosis and assessment of BFRBs

          2) Define techniques that can be used in cognitive behavioral therapy

          3) Identify when treatment augmentation may be helpful for patients

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, 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.

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New Great Plains IDeA-CTR funding opportunity

The Great Plains IDeA-CTR Network is pleased to announce an opportunity for pilot funding through an NIH/NIGMS grant for clinical and translational research.

The network is requesting a Letter of Intent (maximum of two pages) for research proposals due Friday Sept. 7, 2018. For more information at on the specifics of the LOI, contact Jonathan Geiger ( or Bonnie Kee (

Those invited to submit full applications will be notified by September 28, 2018. Solicited applications will be due November 16, 2018. The requirements for invitees are detailed below. Please email your LOI and NIH biosketch as a single PDF document to the Great Plains IDeA-CTR Office at If you have any questions, contact Heather Braddock at or 402.559.9870.

GP IDeA-CTR research priority areas are:

  • Behavioral health including, mental health, substance abuse (e.g., opioids and alcohol), and violence as a public health issue
  • Obesity treatment and prevention
  • Aging and Age-related cognitive impairment
  • Injury prevention
  • Technologies and models to improve health access including the evaluation of new or existing tools (e.g., telehealth) with a focus on rural populations
  • Connecting clinical care and community services (e.g., schools, food banks, YMCA’s)
  • Addressing health disparities based on social determinants, race, ethnicity, and geography

Highest priority will be given to the strongest science and those projects most likely to lead to successful extramural funding. In addition, projects that make an impact on medically disadvantaged, underrepresented minority, and/or geographically or clinically isolated populations—and can introduce or evaluate new tools or technologies useful in these populations—are of high interest.

Interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches: To increase the likelihood of a strong scientific proposal, applicants are encouraged to engage in new or existing interdisciplinary collaborations, inter-institution proposals, and to develop links to other existing IDeA programs (INBRE and COBRE) in the participating Great Plains region.


  • Current full-time faculty appointment at a participating institution
  • Eligible to apply for NIH funds (i.e. US citizen or a permanent resident)
  • Has a focus on relevant clinical, clinical-translational, or community-translational research
  • GP IDeA-CTR faculty with pilot funding with projects that are competitive and have demonstrated good progress on the current award are eligible
  • Note: You are not eligible if you currently have funding from any IDeA-CTR program

The Great Plains IDeA-CTR (GP IDeA-CTR) is a collaboration of 8 eligible institutions which include: Boys Town National Research Hospital, North Dakota State University, University of Nebraska Kearney, University of Nebraska Lincoln, University of Nebraska Medical Center, University of Nebraska Omaha, University of North Dakota, and University of South Dakota.

The goal of the Pilot Program is to provide support to the most promising and novel clinical and translational research (CTR) projects, and help investigators obtain preliminary data necessary for successful investigator-initiated extramural grants. Successful applicants will receive up to $50,000 in direct costs for a one year project, as well as access to resources of the GP IDeA-CTR to support their research efforts.

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Library Notes

Library Resources helpdesk hours for Aug. 13-19

As the new school year gets rolling, please note the changing Library Resources helpdesk hours. Helpdesk hours for the week of August 13-19 are as follows (with different hours TBA the following week):

  • Monday, Aug. 13: 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 14: 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 15: 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 16: 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 17: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 18: closed
  • Sunday, Aug. 19: closed


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