SMHS Clinical Preceptor Recognition Scholarship

Each fall, UND fourth-year medical students choose a clinical preceptor from across the state who has been the best teacher and had the most impact on their students. At graduation the following spring, the School of Medicine & Health Sciences then awards a scholarship to the rising third-year student with the highest preclinical GPA in honor of the award-winning preceptor.

2022 preceptor of the year, Dr. Leah Thompson
About Dr. Thompson

Dr. Leah Thompson, a psychiatrist with North Dakota Health and Human Services, has been named the 2022 namesake preceptor for the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS) Preceptor Recognition Student Scholarship Program.  Dr. Thompson had been practicing and teaching at the North Dakota State Hospital in Jamestown and is now at Southeast Human Service Center in Fargo.

Leah Thompson

The Twin Cities native earned her M.D. from the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in 2017. Opting to spend her residency years in Fargo as part of the SMHS’s Psychiatry Residency Training Program, Thompson entered practice as a board-certified psychiatrist in 2021.

Having experienced a hemorrhagic stroke caused by a benign brain tumor at age 11, though, such a career path was far from certain, she said. Despite years of therapy, Thompson still manages a handful of physical challenges, including left-sided leg and arm weakness and vision loss. This experience contributed, in part, to Thompson’s interest in neuroscience and behavioral health. 

“I am extremely surprised and honored to receive this award,” said Thompson. “I have been so impressed by the UND students I’ve had the honor to work with, particularly by the empathy and dedication they have shown while caring for patients at the state hospital.”

Student scholarship will be awarded in spring of 2023.

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