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Despite Touting Its Family Medicine Program, UND Pulls Support From Fargo Family Medicine Program

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University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences will phase out its financial support for the Fargo family residency program over the next 31/2 years, said Dr. H. David Wilson, dean of the school. We have determined that three strong family medicine residency programs are sufficient at this time in North Dakota, Wilson said. Currently about 60 residents train in family medicine in Fargo, Grand Forks, Minot and Bismarck.

Money would be shifted to develop rural education programs, said Dr. William Mann, chairman of the school's department of family medicine. A program called Rural Opportunities in Medical Education was launched last fall in Devils Lake and Hettinger and allows third-year medical students to spend most of that year in a rural community.

The Fargo family medicine residency will conclude after the 14 current residents and the residents recruited for the term beginning in July have completed their training.

In Fargo, physician faculty members train medical school graduates at the Family Health Care center which was designated a community health center and receives federal government support. Mann said UND had received a clear message to examine its programs critically and had concluded the best interest of the state would be served by increasing support in rural areas. School officials hope to expand clinical training opportunities to Williston, Dickinson, Valley City, Jamestown, Wahpeton, Rugby and Belcourt.

In addition to family medicine, UND provides training in internal medicine, general surgery and psychiatry, and a one-year transitional program. These programs will continue to be based in Fargo.

Source:Grand Forks Herald, February 2, 1999