UND, Sanford partner to train neurologists, oncologists

The Sanford-based Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Program and Neurology Resident Training Program are part of a historic $300 million philanthropic investment, announced by Sanford Health in March, to transform rural health care delivery for generations.

Sanford Health is working with its academic partners to create eight new fellowships and residencies in a number of critical specialty areas. The health care provider says the “unprecedented expansion will bring highly sought-after clinical expertise, resources and subspecialties to North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota so patients can access high-quality care close to home.”

Both specializations are growing in demand nationally and both are facing a shortage of providers, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. Neurology, in particular, will likely see a “substantial increase in demand” over the next decade, according to one AAMC report.

The two programs will be sponsored by the UND medical school and funded by Sanford Health.

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Dr. Jau-Shin Lou, director of the UND neurology residency and chair of neurology at Sanford Health, said in the release that North Dakota has a “very severe shortage

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