The foray into medical school holds different experiences and aspirations for each carefully vetted student, even though each class navigates similar academic challenges. Family and friends don’t always fully comprehend what their student is immersed in.
It takes the concerted efforts of motivated, exemplary support staff for the Sanford School of Medicine and its multitude of programs to flourish. Meet our five program coordinators, one from each campus and the FARM program, who serve our students to ensure our programs are running smoothly and exemplify the mission of the SSOM on a daily basis.
Dr. Joy Falkenburg is a strong believer in what person-centered care can do for families and communities. Developing lifelong relationships with patients allows a connection and a type of care, she says, that allows her to impact the trajectory of their lives.
After a prolific 42-year career, almost half that as chair of the Department of Pathology at the Sanford School of Medicine, Dr. Michael Koch can take credit for copious amounts of valuable contributions in educating and mentoring 20 classes of medical school students.
SSOM employee Angie Tuffs, senior secretary in the Department of Pediatrics, was named the USD Employee of the Month for December.
Summary: Dr. Lori Hansen has been named dean of Medical Student Affairs at the Sanford School of Medicine since filling that role on an interim basis.
Summary: Dr. Alan Sazama '14 was recently named assistant dean of Medical Student Education and Pillar 2 director at the USD Sanford School of Medicine.
Summary: Dr. April Willman has been named to the permanent position of campus dean of the Yankton campus at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, a position she’s held on an interim basis since April 2022.
Elizabeth (Hoffman) Nicholas, a Eureka, South Dakota native, and Robert Nicholas, a Huron, South Dakota native, met at the University of South Dakota when they were both in the Alumni Student Scholars Program, each with the dream of becoming a doctor.