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Elizabeth Burns, M.D., M.A.

Dr. Burns, a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences earned a B.S. (chemistry), magna cum laude, from Marygrove College , Detroit , Michigan and an M.D. from the University of Michigan . She did a flexible medicine internship at Henry Ford Hospital ( Detroit ) and a family practice residency at Harrisburg Hospital ( Pennsylvania ). Dr. Burns was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Faculty development fellow at the University of Iowa , where she also earned a M.A. in the Division of Instructional Design and Technology. Following this fellowship, she joined the faculty in Family Medicine at Iowa , where she was promoted with tenure. She served as a residency program director in family practice at the University of Iowa , Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Burns became Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine in 1992, serving for 8 years in that capacity. From 2002 to 2005, she served as Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at North Dakota . She recently completed a Bishop/ACE fellowship in academic administration and leadership.

James Beal, Ph.D.
Deputy Director

James R. Beal, Ph.D., is Director of Research and Program Development and assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences (UNDSMHS). Dr. Beal authored the application for the Demonstration Project and is the CoE Deputy Director, CoE Evaluation Director as well as serving on the CoE Research Committee. He will help direct and implement strategies to provide the necessary infrastructure to enable personnel to carry out and achieve the project objectives, including monitoring the maintenance of project objectives and timelines as well as financial accountability . Dr. Beal will be actively involved at all stages with supervision of the formative and summative evaluation and reports.
Dr. Beal has previously served as Project Director and successfully authored several federally-funded grants, as well as providing program and fiscal administration. He has served on numerous Peer Review Panels, including being Chair of the Academic Administrative Units in Primary Care Grant Review for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Service Administration, Bureau of Health Professions in March, 2005. Dr. Beal has helped develop and evaluate numerous educational programs and curricula. He currently directs the Clinical Epidemiology Course and clinical research projects, which are required of all third-year medical students at UNDSMHS. Dr. Beal received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Management, Master of Public Administration, and Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Leadership from the University of North Dakota. He is a member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and the Association of American Medical Colleges .

Susan Splichal

Susan Splichal, Coordinator of the University of North Dakota Center of Excellence in Women’s Health Region VIII Demonstration Project, has career experience primarily in the fiield of education.  Immediately after receiving her undergraduate B.S. degree, Susan taught English in a private, college-preparatory high school.  Following graduate studies, she worked as an Education Director, principally in administration and with adult education.  Susan recently received the President’s Advisory Council on Women Educational Leadership Administrative Intership Award.  Other internships centered on adult nontraditional students and on qualitative and quantitative analysis evaluation of adult learners’ experience in higher education.  A native of Minneapolis, her graduate interest and research center on adult learning. 

Rosanne McBride, Ph.D.
Deputy Director

Rosanne B. McBride, Ph.D. has served as the Director of Behavioral Science for the Grand Forks Family Practice Residency Program and as an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She earned a bachelor of science degree with honors in psychology and a doctorate degree in clinical psychology from the University of North Dakota. She completed her predoctoral internship at the University of Minnesota Medical School where she specialized in child and adolescent clinical psychology and behavioral medicine.
After completing her Ph.D., she worked in a multidisciplinary treatment program for children with health and behavioral problems and served as a clinical consultant for schools, families and various human service organizations. She began developing and directing the behavioral sciences program for the Grand Forks Family Practice Residency Training Program in Grand Forks , North Dakota in 1998 and has continued in this role until the present time. Here she has developed the behavioral science clinical curriculum for the residency, developed and supervised a clinical training experience for graduate students in clinical psychology, and worked to develop faculty training experiences in behavioral science. She also sees individual patients half-time at the Family Practice Center, coordinates the curriculum in biomedical ethics for the residency, teaches for the Department of Psychology at the University of North Dakota, teaches and develops curricula in undergraduate medical education, and serves on the Medical School professionalism committee-a grant-supported project to study and integrate the teaching of professionalism in undergraduate medical education.

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UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences

One of 126 medical schools in the U.S. and Canada, was established in 1905 and is fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. It is one of 22 "community-based" medical schools in the United States. "Community-based" meas that the school is integrated into the medical system of communities where practicing physicians serve as members of the school's faculty. Physicians teach medical students in hospitals, clinics, and other settings in aobut 30 communities throughout North Dakota, although the majority of training occurs in the state's four largest cities.

Department of Family Medicine

The Mission of the Department of Family Medicine is quality education, scholarship, service and patient care. We are dedicated to the following: To provide medical students a comprehensive education in Family Medicine to serve as a foundation in clinical medicine; to provide residents comprehensive education and training in Family Medicine; to provide Physician Assistant students a comprehensive training program in primary care; to provide athletic training students education and training in Sports Medicine; to foster research and scholarship within our educational and clinical areas; to serve our community, university and state, especially by promoting Family Medicine and rural service to our students; and to provide quality medical care to our patients.

UND Center for Rural Health

The Center was established in 1980 to serve the people of North Dakota , the Plains, and the nation by researching rural health issues, analyzing health policy, strengthening local capacity in the health arena, developing community-based health care alternatives, and providing leadership in the field of rural health. Today, the center is recognized nationally as one of the most innovative and creative programs for rural health. As North Dakota 's federally designated State Office of Rural Health, it assists the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences as an "outreach" unit, connecting the school to rural communities and their health institutions so as to facilitate the development of viable rural health delivery system. In this capacity the center works both at a national and at a state and community level. Although many specific activities constitute the agenda of the center, education and information dissemination, program development and community assistance, research, and policy analysis serve as it focus.

Rural Assistance Center (RAC)

The Rural Assistance Center (RAC) was designated in 2002 by the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) as a rural health and human services "information portal" to help rural communities and other rural stakeholders access the full range of available programs, funding, and research that can enable them to provide quality health and human services to rural residents. To accomplish this, RAC gathers and streamlines information from myriad sources and provides easy access to that information. The health and human services problems differ from those in urban areas. Therefore, access to rural-specific information is critical.


Altru Health System

Altru Health System is a non-profit integrated health system with headquarters on a 90 acre medical campus in Grand Forks , North Dakota , serving the residents of northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota . Altru includes a 232 bed acute care hospital and a 34 bed rehabilitation center. It employs approximately 210 physicians representing family practice and 40 specialties. The facility averages over 640,000 patient visits each year, from 7 locations in Grand Forks and 12 regional clinics in northeast North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota .

Our Clinical Care Center is located in the 7800 square foot Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Altru Health System, which includes eight physicians and two nurse practitioners specializing in women's health issues. The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology conduct interdisciplinary chart review and peer review at the hospital. They also participate in the North Dakota Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology, which is an interdisciplinary group (FP's, OB 's, CNM's, PA's, and NP's) dedicated to excellence in women's health.

Altru also has a Women's Services division which uses the most current treatment methods to provide coordinated care within the environment that is sensitive to individual needs. The team includes professions from obstetrics, gynecology, radiology, and other areas such as the Family Birthing Center and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Altru's Breast Imaging offers quality mammography services for women of all ages and needs. They also offer Sterotactics Breast Biopsy as a safe and less invasive alternative to surgical biopsies.

Altru's Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Our Clincal Care Center

The Clinical Care Center (CCC) will be a primary care-based multidisciplinary practice for the care of women with an emphasis on preventive care and emotional well-being. Currently, Obstetricians-Gynecologists provide primary and specialty care to their patients within the CCC. General Internal Medicine and Family Medicine clinical sites are located nearby (same building/campus). Currently, consultations flow among these groups. In addition, mental health needs will be met by on-site social workers and community clinical psychologists who will provide consultation and promote coordination of mental and medical health care services. Similarly, obstetrics and gynecology consultation will be available on a same day basis from on-site members of the Altru Health System Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Altru Health System has committed to the necessary space within their 7,800 sq. ft. Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Dr. Michael Brown, Clinical Care Director and Chair of Altru's Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology has pledged his department's support.
With this pledge of support, a collaborative management structure between the university and Altru for the clinical care center will be used to effect the changes needed to achieve an integration of clinical services.







North Dakota Women's Health CORE
National Center of Excellence in Women's Health Region VIII Demonstration Project
UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Room 2510
501 N. Columbia Rd.
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9037
Telephone: (701)777-3274
Fax: (701)777-3849