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Medical Student Affairs
Lee Medicine Building
Sanford School of Medicine
414 E. Clark St.
Vermillion, SD 57069
Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Welcome to the Sanford School of Medicine Office of Medical Student Affairs!

The office of Medical Student Affairs (MSA) at the University of South Dakota (USD) supports our students through all phases of their medical school career, through the foundation of being together in teaching, innovation and compassion.

MSA serves all students from the first day of orientation to graduation through our many resources. Student services and resources include admissions, financial aid, academic support, career advising, well-being and the registrar's office.


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Orientation to Graduation

As part of Sanford School of Medicine you will continually work with MSA from the first day on campus to the day you get your diploma. Our faculty and staff support you in the ways you need to make you a compassionate and competent physician.

Old Main front campus.

Need Help?

As a medical student you have resources in place to help you overcome what ever you are going through. From Crisis lines to just someone to talk to, please reach out if you need help. 


  • Suicide and Crisis Lifeline – 988 
  • 24/7 Stress Release & Counseling Referral (Medical student only) – 605-777-9482
  • Counseling Center - Rebecca Glover (Medical Students only) – 605-658-3580

MEdical Student Affairs Portal

Discover essential resources tailored to your medical education journey in the Medical Student Affairs portal.

Student Resources

Student Opportunities

  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons 
  • American College of Physicians/ Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) 
  • American Medical Association (AMA) – Medical Student Section (MSS) 
  • American Medical Student Association (AMSA) 
  • American Physician Scientist Association (APSA) 
  • Anesthesiology Interest Group 
  • Association of Native American Medical Students (ANAMS) Coyote Clinic 
  • Dermatology Interest Group 
  • Emergency Medicine Interest Group 
  • Family Medicine Interest Group 
  • Infectious Disease Interest Group 
  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) 
  • Medical Students for Choice 
  • Medical Student for Life 
  • OB/GYN Interest Group 
  • Ophthalmology Interest Group 
  • Ortho Interest Group 
  • Pathology Interest Group 
  • Pediatric Interest Group 
  • Psychiatry Interest Group 
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Interest Group 
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Interest Group 
  • Public Health Interest Group 
  • Rural Health Interest Group 
  • Seldinger Society- Interventional/Diagnostic Radiology Interest Group SSOM News 
  • Student Club for Ongoing Pathology Education (SCOPE) 
  • Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN) 
  • Surgery Interest Group 
  • Vermillion Community Clinic 
Elections for all class officers are held in the first few months of Pillar 1 for the following positions. Elections are held by the Medical Student Affairs (MSA) office but voted on by your peers. If you have any questions on who your class officers please reach out the MSA office (605‐685‐6300).

4‐year term

  • President
  • Vice President
  • American Medical Student Association
  • Medical Student Wellness Committee
  • Medical Student Association 
  • Association of American Medical Colleges/Organization of Student Representatives 
  • Women in Medicine/ American Medical Women’s Association
  • Financial Aid Representatives
  • Medical Student Ambassador Coordinators
  • Medical Student Research Committee 
  • American Medical Association 
  • American Academy Of Family Physicians (AAFP) Family Medicine Interest
  • Group Representative
  • Clinical Foundations Representative
  • Code of Professional Conduct Board Representative
  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School

3‐year term

  • Medical Education Committee

2‐year term

  • Diversity Health Affairs Representatives
  • Health Sciences Librarian Committee

1‐year term

  • Informatics Council


  • Medical Student Ambassadors

Meet the department

Get to know the faculty and staff in the Office of Student Affairs. Our team focused on supporting all medical students throughout their medical school career to ensure success inside and outside the classroom. View our organizational chart.
Bio Image for Faculty Member Lori Hansen

Lori Hansen

Interim Senior Academic Dean
Bio Image for Faculty Member Pasquale Manzerra

Pasquale Manzerra

Assist Dean, Med Student Affairs/Associate Professor


Bio Image for Faculty Member Suzanne Reuter

Suzanne Reuter

Interim Assoc Dean, Med Student Affairs
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Craig Uthe

Clinical Professor
Bio Image for Faculty Member Jason Kemnitz

Jason Kemnitz

Associate Dean, Academic Development and Faculty Affairs
Bio Image for Faculty Member Denae Clobes

Denae Clobes

Assistant Registrar
Bio Image for Faculty Member Carol Hemmingson

Carol Hemmingson

SSOM Financial Aid Specialist
Bio Image for Faculty Member Paula Hawks

Paula Hawks

Medical Education Learning Specialist
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Teresa Hays

Program Assistant I
Bio Image for Faculty Member Juliet Koppenhaver

Juliet Koppenhaver

Admissions Rep & Recruitment Spec
Bio Image for Faculty Member Amberly Makovicka

Amberly Makovicka

Senior Secretary
Bio Image for Faculty Member Alicia Paulson

Alicia Paulson

Program Assistant I
Bio Image for Faculty Member Cheryl Smoody

Cheryl Smoody

Financial Aid Assistant