Jul 11, 2013

USD medical student awarded Dr. Duane Reaney Family Scholarship

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Jeb List, who will be entering his fourth year of medical school at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine (SSOM), is this year’s recipient of the Dr. Duane Reaney Family Scholarship.

The scholarship, established in 2010 through a gift from Dr. Duane and Kathryn Reaney, is awarded to SSOM students entering their fourth year, are in good academic standing and are based at the Yankton Campus. Preference is given to students who express an interest in practicing in Yankton or the surrounding area.

Dr. Reaney, a 1945 graduate of USD’s School of Medicine, practiced family medicine in the Yankton area for more than 40 years. He says he feels it is vital to continue to attract young physicians back to the region, and hopes the scholarship contributes to that goal.

“I think it’s very important that we try to get people to come back here,” said Reaney. “The need is great in the smaller communities--not just in Yankton, but in the wider area.”

List was born and raised in Yankton, and plans to pursue a career in orthopedic surgery after graduation. He says he appreciates the opportunity to complete his education close to home as well as the financial assistance provided by the $900 scholarship.

“I’m honored to receive this scholarship and it definitely helps me move toward my career goals,” said List.

List hopes to return to his hometown area after completing his residency, and noted that his desire to enjoy South Dakota’s particular culture drive his long-term decision-making process when it comes to his career.

“The values and morals of South Dakota line up with what I believe. I hope to come back and make a positive difference.”

About the Sanford School of Medicine

For more than a century, the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine has set the standard for medical education of students, residents and professionals in the state. The school’s mission includes education, research and service. It emphasizes family practice to help create the next generation of doctors for all parts of the state. The school’s economic impact includes attracting $17 million annually in research funding as well as hosting two of the four 2010 Research Centers designated by the governor.

About The University of South Dakota
Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, the state's only School of Law, School of Medicine, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. USD has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. More information is available at www.usd.edu/press/news.

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