National Honor for University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine

Photo of Mary Nettleman accepting Foreman Award. Dr. Mary Nettleman, dean of the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine (holding award, right) , accepts the national Spencer Foreman Award for Community Service presented by the AAMC on November 6, 2017 in Boston, MA.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine is the 2017 recipient of the Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service. This distinguished award – considered by many to be the top award that a medical school can receive- is presented by the Association of American Medical Colleges, the national organization for America’s 147 medical teaching institutions.

The award recognizes successes and efforts by the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine to serve the health care needs of rural citizens in South Dakota, including those living in or near small towns and on Native American reservations.

“We are grateful to the many communities and countless individuals across our state who partner with us and support our mission to serve South Dakotans,” said Dr. Mary Nettleman, dean of the medical school. “This gratifying award humbles us and inspires us to continue our work.”

In announcing the award, the Association of American Medical Colleges issued the following statement: “The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine has dedicated itself to advancing the state’s highest health priority: ensuring South Dakotans have access to high-quality, culturally appropriate care.”

The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine was presented this award at the annual meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges, held in early November in Boston, Massachusetts.

ABOUT THE SANFORD SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

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.

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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.

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