A passion for promoting health
Watching his mother work as a medical and X-ray technician in Mohall, Dr. Jon Allen, a physician and 1977 graduate of the Minot State University nursing program, contemplated entering a medical-type career. He chose nursing because he could directly and positively impact patients’ lives. And nursing offers so many options.
While a nurse in St. Joseph's Hospital Intensive Care Unit in Minot, Allen was approached by Dr. William Huntley, whom encouraged him to continue on to medical school.
"I think he saw my passion for promoting health. Dr. Huntley encouraged me to apply for medical school when I had never entertained that idea before. He convinced me that I had what it took to become a physician; and with that kind of confident encouragement, I chose to pursue a medical career," Allen said.
After completing medical school at the University of North Dakota in 1984, Allen began an internal medicine residency at Marshfield Clinic, Wis., serving as chief resident in his last year. He returned to Minot as an internal medicine physician at Medical Arts Clinic from 1987 to 1999. He maintained a practice at St. Joseph’s/Unimed and Trinity Health, serving as the medical director of Medical Arts Clinic, eventually becoming the director of NorthStar Criticare and Minot Community Ambulance.
Allen joined UND School of Medicine faculty in 1987. He started as a clinical instructor, initially teaching medical students and residents in Minot. After he moved his internal medicine practice to Altru Health Systems in Grand Forks in 1999, he taught medical students bedside and in the classroom.
Allen has held a faculty position as an associate professor of medicine for the UND School of Medicine since 1999. In 2004, he became assistant dean to the northeast campus and in 2009 began serving as the simulation laboratory director.
Allen’s service and leadership activities include several medical missions to Honduras with medical students and other health care workers.
"Professionally, my goal is to improve and promote the health of people. That passion carries me through my clinical career, the mission trips I've gone on as well as my academic career," Allen said. "It is a privilege to be part of my patient's health care, to serve those in underdeveloped countries and help educate future doctors and health care providers to give the best care they can."