From The Dean

  • Friday, January 19, 2018
  • From The Dean

It has been a fun and exciting week—with more to come!

On Wednesday, I attended a dinner sponsored by President and Mrs. Kennedy to honor all UND faculty who had been promoted or tenured this past year. The SMHS boasted four such faculty members: Gwen Halaas (now retired) – professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine; Stephen Tinguely –  professor of Pediatrics; Catherine Brissette – associate professor of Biomedical Sciences; and Jacqueline Gray – research professor in the Department of Population Health. I’m sure that you’ll join me in extending congratulations to our colleagues for their important academic achievements!

Yesterday I delivered the State of the School address at the annual Faculty Assembly. During the presentation, I outlined the accomplishments of the School’s faculty, students, and staff in the realms of education, discovery, and service, and I reviewed the status of the Healthcare Workforce Initiative. I also addressed the goals of the SMHS in the future, and how those goals complement OneUND, UND’s new strategic plan. If you didn’t have a chance to attend the Faculty Assembly, the slides are available here.

Following the Faculty Assembly, many of us headed to the Alerus Center for the Grand Forks/East Grand Forks Chamber’s annual meeting and dinner featuring Gov. Doug Burgum. The governor discussed, among other topics, his ideas about diversifying the state economy, creating 21st Century jobs, and revitalizing North Dakota’s main streets. It also was a great opportunity to network with colleagues and partners from Grand Forks, the region, and across the state.

And later tonight, Susan and I will join prospective matriculates of the medical student Class of 2022 as part of Pre-Med Day for INMED (Indians into Medicine) students. I look forward to welcoming these future doctors, and I can’t think of a more exciting time to be joining the healing profession. Especially in Indian Country where there are marked health disparities, the opportunities to do good and improve the lives of our fellow citizens has never been greater.

Susan and I will finish off the week of celebrations when we attend the annual SMHS Recognition and Awards Banquet, hosted by our current medical students. It’s always a fun event, and gives us a chance to interact with the students in a relaxed atmosphere. We’re looking forward to it and hope to see you there!

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

Dean, UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences