It Takes a State Educating the School’s students is a statewide effort.
By Juan Pedraza
Julie Boyer, a North Dakota State University pharmacy student from Barney, N.Dak., who is interning at the Altru Family Medicine Residency in Grand Forks, is examined by Stephanie Foughty, MD, program year I family medicine resident, while Roger Schauer, MD, (left) and Greg Greek, MD, (center) proctor.
odern medicine coddles us with alphabet soup technology: CAT scans, MRIs and much more. Medical and health sciences students are soon swathed in the technical jargon of the health sciences. But here at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, there’s a distinctly low-tech, downto-earth ingredient in the mix of medical education: shoe leather. “It takes a lot of shoe leather—and windshield time—to meet the people I need to talk with,” said Roger Schauer, MD, BS Med ’69, director of the School’s ROME (Rural Opportunities in Medical Education) program. “Calls don’t work.” Those folks are the preceptors, the clinical—that is, volunteer—faculty vital to the education of the next generation of health care providers. And getting them to join up—and stay
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on—the SMHS list of faculty takes personal conversations. So Schauer, also director of predoctoral education in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, drives to communities across North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota, connecting with UND medical students and their all-important preceptors. The personal contact obviously works—about two out of three physicians in North Dakota are members of the School’s clinical faculty. Community-based approach “There are 141 medical schools in the country of which 27, including ours, are what we call community-based medical schools,” said Joshua Wynne, MD, MBA, MPH, UND vice president for health affairs and SMHS dean.
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