CAMPUS SPOTLIGHT FARGO
The bricks and mortar tell only a small part of the story of the University of North Dakota’s Southeast Campus, adjacent to the Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in north Fargo. The associate dean, or campus dean, is Julie Blehm, MD, FACP, appointed to the position in 2007. She is a 1981 alum of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences who practices geriatric and internal medicine. Blehm also is clinical director of the internal medicine residency outpatient clinic and as of last year, the new governor of the North Dakota Chapter of the American College of Physicians. The Southeast Campus is a vital part of UND’s statewide program of medical education, administered through four regional campuses, represented by quadrants (Southwest, Northwest, Northeast, and Southeast), based in Bismarck, Minot, Grand Forks, and Fargo. The Southeast Campus is home to 30 to 33 third-year and 15 fourth-year medical students, as well as about 60 24
NORTH DAKOTA MEDICINE Spring 2012
By Juan Pedraza
residents specializing in internal medicine, psychiatry, surgery, or in a preparatory transitional year. The campus also regularly hosts visiting students from other institutions about once a month. Most of the Southeast Campus offices are located in the Medical Education Center on the VA Medical Center’s grounds. The campus consists of the following departments and divisions: Clinical Neuroscience, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Surgery, Rural Health, Library Services, Campus Deanship, and the Graduate Medical Education office. Additionally, the Southeast Campus includes the UNDaffiliated Neuropsychiatric Research Institute, a private, notfor-profit, endowed research institute that includes both basic and clinical research components. James Mitchell, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience, chairs UND’s Department of Clinical Neuroscience. Mitchell also serves as the president and scientific director of the institute.
North Dakota Medicine Spring 2012