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Thielges, Ruff begin medical school at UND

The students’ first two weeks are dedicated to orientation

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Alyssa Thielges of LaMoure, North Dakota, and Kathleen Ruff of Ashley, North Dakota, were among 71 first-year medical students who began their journey to become physicians recently at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences. They are expected to be members of the Doctor of Medicine Class of 2026.

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The students’ first two weeks are dedicated to orientation, including an introduction to UND’s four-year, patient-centered learning curriculum where biomedical and clinical sciences are taught in the context of an interdisciplinary educational setting. Special emphasis is placed on students’ new roles and expectations of them as health professionals.

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Kathleen Ruff
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Alyssa Thielges
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The orientation segment of the curriculum concludes with a White Coat Ceremony, wherein students recite the Oath of Hippocrates and receive their first white coats, which have been donated by the North Dakota Medical Association.

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