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New assistant deans named at UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences

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Joshua Wynne, MD, MBA, MPH, University of North Dakota vice president for health affairs and dean of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) has appointed three new assistant deans to the leadership team at the School.

     Thomas M. Hill, PhD, director of the Office of Medical Education, will continue in that role, but also will assume additional part-time responsibilities as assistant dean for preclinical education. His responsibilities will include oversight of the medical student curriculum for the first two years, and he will also work with Dr. Charles Christianson, the associate dean for clinical education, to enhance and better integrate clinical and basic science learning across all four years of medical school. Of particular importance will be Hill’s efforts to update and revamp the patient-centered learning curriculum, and to support and lead innovation in medical education.

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Patrick A. Carr, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, will be the new assistant dean for faculty development. His responsibilities include working with department chairs to enhance faculty development opportunities, developing communities of faculty for informal development and collaboration, and developing a mentoring program for faculty. Carr’s faculty development activities will apply across the spectrum of disciplines at the SMHS, including basic science, clinical science and health science faculty members.

 

 

 

 

 

 


     Kenneth G. Ruit, PhD, is the new assistant dean for undergraduate and graduate education. Although Ruit will continue as the vice chair of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, he also will assume additional responsibilities, including oversight of curricular development to address the foundational basic science learning of all graduate students, recruitment of graduate students, and oversight of student progress and mentoring. Ruit’s responsibilities for undergraduate education include oversight and support of all basic science undergraduate courses.

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