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• SOUTH DAKOTAN M.D.
The Yankton Ambulatory Program of the Avera Sacred
Heart Yankton Campus of the USD Sanford School of
Medicine was selected as a recipient of the 2013 GRMC
Shining Star of Educational Innovation award. Sponsored
by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC),
the honor was presented Friday, Nov. 1 at the organization’s
national meeting in Philadelphia, Penn.
The award recognizes the impact of the Yankton
Ambulatory Program on its students and the community
as well as its shining example and reproducibility across
“It is an honor to be recognized by
the AAMC as a model to educate medical
students that has been adopted by other
medical schools,” said Lori Hansen, M.D.,
SSOM campus dean for the Avera Sacred
Heart Yankton Campus.
The Yankton Ambulatory Program is
an ambulatory-based, integrated third-year
medical student educational program on the Yankton, S.D.
campus—the original clinical campus of SSOM. The program
stresses continuity of care, curriculum and preceptors; problem-
based learning; and is student-centered. The program results in
students who have greater knowledge retention, empathy, and
who take on more responsibility for patient care during their
med school years.
The Yankton Ambulatory Program has served as a model
for other medical schools across the United States, Canada and
Australia. In 2013, the longitudinal integrated model expanded
to all campuses at the USD Sanford School of Medicine.
Beyond improving students’ learning outcomes, the
program is aiding in the fight against the looming rural
physician shortage. According to Hansen, 50 percent of
students who have participated in the Yankton Ambulatory
Program enter primary care fields, providing primary care
physicians for the state of South Dakota. The program has
also had success in recruiting its students back to the Yankton
community to provide care for patients and serve as teachers for
the next generation of students. •
Avera Sacred Heart
Yankton Campus Recognized
as Innovation Leader