Sanford School of Medicine Names Honors Society Members

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine has elected its newest members to Alpha Omega Alpha, the nation’s only medical honors society.

Six students from the Class of 2016 were elected: Joseph Anderson, of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa; Joseph Coppock, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Jared Drenkow, of Sioux Falls; Alexandra Higgins, of Sioux Falls; William McClain, of Miller, South Dakota; and Na Smith, of Longkou, Shandong, China. Four students from the Class of 2017 were elected: Keely Krolikowski, of Interior, South Dakota; Collin Michels, of Yankton, South Dakota; Hannah Statz, of Sioux Falls; and Ethan Young, of Harrisburg, South Dakota.

In addition to the students, the chapter elected one faculty member, Dr. Archana Chatterjee, one alumnus, Dr. Jerry Popham, and one resident, Dr. Laura Hoefert.

The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine was granted its Alpha Omega Alpha charter in 1978, and the honorees are part of USD’s 39th installation of members into the prestigious honors society.


USD's Sanford School of Medicine is nationally known for excellence. With its award-winning curriculum, the school prepares medical students to practice in all fields of medicine and is particularly recognized and ranked for its reputation in family medicine and rural medicine. In addition to the M.D., it offers graduate degrees in basic biomedical science, sustains a vibrant and forward-looking research agenda, and is home to the interdisciplinary Center for Brain and Behavioral Research.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News