A Letter from
• SOUTH DAKOTAN M.D.
Dear Alumni and Friends,
Welcome to the latest installment of the
Within the pages of this robust issue you’ll find stories
that exemplify the very best of who we are at the University of
South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, stories that provide
brief glimpses of the ways our faculty, alumni and students create
positive impacts throughout the state, region and globe.
You’ll read about Heidi Moline, a second-year student
balancing interests in public health and international travel, all
while completing her medical studies at SSOM. Moline recently
accompanied an organization called Amazon Promise on a
medical mission trip into the jungles of Peru, and the lessons she
learned while there are inspiring and sobering in equal measure.
In another of our features, second-year student Rebecka
Bogue details her efforts to establish an international elective
for fourth-year students. In partnership with Sanford Global
Clinics, Bogue visited medical facilities in Ghana, Africa to gain
firsthand knowledge about the learning opportunities that may
be available for SSOM students.
This issue’s two special Q&A segments delve into the efforts
of Amy Elliott, director of the Center for Health Outcomes and
Prevention at Sanford Research, and Col. Evan Renz ‘97, deputy
commander for acute care and surgeon-in-chief for the Brooke
Army Medical Center. These fascinating discussions provide
insights into global research on infant mortality, and give a boots-on-the-ground perspective in medical
advancements when it comes to treating combat wounds, respectively.
Also, I am very excited to announce the “Investing In Our Future Campaign.” For every new
scholarship and faculty development endowment, we will match your gift 1:1. You can double the impact
of your gift while helping our students and faculty. See the details on page 34.
I hope you will enjoy these stories and reading about the truly remarkable efforts of the students,
faculty and alumni featured. It’s a joy to share them with you. Thank you for your readership and your
continuing support for our school.
Mary D. Nettleman, M.D., M.S., M.A.C.P.