• SOUTH DAKOTAN M.D.
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The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine welcomed the Class of 2017 with its annual “White Coat
Ceremony” on Aug. 2 in Sioux Falls.
Mary Nettleman, M.D., M.S., M.A.C.P., USD’s vice president for health affairs and dean of the Sanford School of
Medicine, gave the keynote address that explored the possibilities represented by the white coat, a garment traditionally worn
by practicing physicians, along with the responsibilities the medical profession demands. Receiving the white coat signifies the
start of a medical student’s career, and, as such, each student received a short white coat that symbolizes their student status.
The ceremony concluded with a recitation of “The Affirmation of the Physician,” led by Daniel Heinemann, M.D.,
president of the South Dakota State Medical Association.
Of the 58 members of the Class of 2017, 88 percent are residents of South Dakota, while the others hail from Arizona,
California, Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota and Nebraska. Fifty-seven percent went to high school in a town with a poplulation of
less than 30,000 people, with 27 percent coming from towns of less than 10,000. The students represent 21 different colleges
and 71 percent majored in a biological science and 20 percent majored in a physical science like chemistry or physics. The
remaining majors include criminal justice, psychology, economics, history, liberal studies and sociology. Several had multiple
acceptances to medical school, but chose to come to the Sanford School of Medicine. •
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