University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

SMHS to present Doctor of Medicine Degrees

Medicine and Health Sciences will confer the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree during commencement ceremonies Sunday, May 13, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Sixty-one degree candidates will participate in the ceremony.

Judy DeMers, associate professor emerita of family and community medicine and longstanding former associate dean of Student Affairs and Admissions at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences will deliver the keynote address titled “The Meaning of Success.” She has served North Dakota and UND as a nurse, health educator, and administrator. In addition, she represented her constituents with distinction in both the North Dakota Senate and House of Representatives. The North Dakota Women’s Network named DeMers Woman of the Year in October 2011.

The graduates have completed four years of medical education to earn the M.D. degree, beginning with two years of instruction at UND, followed by two years learning and working with practicing physicians who serve as their teachers in hospitals and clinics throughout the state.

Medicine and Health Sciences currently has 252 students enrolled in the four-year Doctor of Medicine program and is recognized as the national leader in producing family physicians.

-- Denis MacLeod, assistant director, Office of Alumni and Community Relations, Medicine and Health Sciences, 777-2733,

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