Knutson new assistant dean for the Northwest (Minot) Campus

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GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Scott E. Knutson, MD, has been named assistant dean for the Northwest (Minot) Campus at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Knutson is a clinical assistant professor of family medicine at UND and an emergency medicine physician for Trinity Health in Minot, serving as chief of medical staff since December of 2013.

Knutson will succeed Dr. Martin Rothberg as Northwest Campus dean. Knutson will begin work as dean of the Minot Campus on July 1.

“Dr. Knutson has spearheaded the School’s recent effort to develop a community-based longitudinal clinical experience for third-year medical students on the Minot Campus,” said Joshua Wynne, MD, MBA, MPH, UND vice president for health affairs and dean of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences. “The MILE (Minot Integrated Longitudinal Experience) Program is a success thanks in no small measure to his efforts, and through this example and others, Dr. Knutson has demonstrated both his skills and his commitment to student education. I am delighted that he has accepted our offer to be the next Northwest Campus dean.”

Knutson, a native of Minneapolis, Minn., received his undergraduate degree in biomedical science from Saint Cloud State University, Minnesota. He earned his medical doctorate from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine in Vermillion. He completed his family medicine residency at the UND Center for Family Medicine in Minot, where he served as chief resident and received the William J. Buckingham North Dakota Academy of Family Physicians and the Minot Community Preceptors Family Medicine Resident of the Year Award in 2004. Knutson is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Christian Medical and Dental Society, and Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society.

Before joining Trinity Health, Knutson practiced at Minot Air Force Base from 1998 to 2002, serving as chief of the medical staff, flight surgeon, and officer in charge of the Flight Medicine Clinic. He has been a clinical assistant professor of family medicine at the UND SMHS since September 2005 and has been the director of the MILE Program since 2011. MILE is a course of clinical training that third- and fourth-year medical students undertake in specialty areas. An important feature of MILE is that students develop a panel of patients whom they follow throughout the year, accompanying them to consultant visits and procedures, and following them through hospitalizations.

“The role of campus dean is a unique position to encourage collaboration throughout the region,” Knutson said. “I have known for many years that the Minot campus provides ample opportunity for high-quality medical education, with a clinically robust environment and a cadre of dedicated preceptors that enjoy their work with the students. We are on the verge of many changes in our regional health system, and I welcome the opportunity to continue to develop educational opportunities for all of our third- and fourth-year students.”