|Fargo physicians assume new roles|
Two Fargo physicians will assume the duties of Bruce Pitts, who has announced his resignation as associate dean and director of graduate medical education at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences' Southeast Campus, based in Fargo.
Pitts is leaving his part-time position with the school to take on the full-time role of executive vice president for clinical services at MeritCare Health System, where he has served as a senior executive since 1997.
Julie Blehm, an internist and geriatrics specialist, has been appointed associate dean for the Southeast Campus of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She will continue her practice with MeritCare Health System in Fargo.
David Theige, a hospitalist with MeritCare Medical Group, will assume the role of assistant dean for graduate medical education at the UND medical school, overseeing residency programs in family medicine, internal medicine, psychiatry and general surgery and a one-year transitional program. He will continue to practice at MeritCare Health System in Fargo.
Blehm, a 1981 graduate of the UND medical school, is board-certified in internal medicine and geriatrics. An associate professor of internal medicine, she directs the school's internal medicine residency outpatient clinic in Fargo.
Originally from Hatton, N.D., Blehm holds a bachelor's degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. After earning the M.D. degree at UND, she completed residency training in internal medicine at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, in a program affiliated with the University of Iowa.
Theige, a 1985 graduate of the UND medical school, is board-certified in internal medicine and directs the school's internal medicine residency and transitional programs in Fargo. He is an associate professor of internal medicine at the school.
Theige holds an undergraduate degree from UND and, after earning his medical degree, took internal medicine residency training through the UND program based in Fargo. He has been recognized several times for outstanding teaching of medical students and residents. -- School of Medicine and Health Sciences.