Holaday begins studies at UND School of Medicine

Kristopher Holaday of West Fargo is among 70 first-year medical students, members of the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) Class of 2016, who started their journey this week to become physicians at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

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The students, 43 men and 27 women, range in age from 20 to 37 years, with the average age of 23. Most are from North Dakota.

They come to medical school with work experience in an array of fields and academic degrees.

"This is an exciting time for the students and their families, as well as for the faculty and staff of the medical school," said Joycelyn Dorscher, M.D., associate dean for Student Affairs and Admissions, who delivered the keynote address for the ceremony titled "What I Know (I Think)."

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

Orientation concluded with the White Coat Ceremony on Aug. 10, where students received their first white coats, physicians' traditional garment, which were donated by the North Dakota Medical Association, and they will recited the Oath of Hippocrates, an ancient vow to uphold basic professional principles.

Each student also received a lapel pin engraved with "Humanism in Medicine," which was donated by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

Several students

earn recognition

Dustin Jonasson, West Fargo, has been named to the Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, Spring Dean's List for the 2011-2012 academic year. To be eligible for the honor, students must achieve a minimum 3.50 GPA.

Johanna Erickson and Kyle Wohlman, both West Fargo, have earned recognition on University of Minnesota Twin Cities Dean's List for spring semester.

Matthew Ryan Kelley earned a PHD in Chemistry, and Robert Allen Newgard and MBA with distinction, as the University of Iowa awarded an estimated 4,300 degrees at the close of the 2012 spring session.

Trevor Lee Reither, West Fargo, earned a Master of Engineering degree during the University of Wisconsin-Madison's spring commencement ceremonies May 18-20.

Sarah Denne, West Fargo, has been named to the Spring Semester Dean's List at Bemidji State University. Students carrying 12 or more semester hours during any one term and earning at least 3.25 (B-plus) grade point average qualify for the list.