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The South Dakotan M.D. is the story hub of the USD Sanford School of Medicine. Here you’ll find stories and news highlighting the meaningful contributions of our students, faculty and staff, and alumni.

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  • FARM Adds Eighth Location in Chamberlain

    Summary: The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine’s Frontier And Rural Medicine (FARM) program’s newest site is Chamberlain, South Dakota, a community of 2,500 on the eastern banks of the Missouri River.
    An aerial shot of Chamberlain, South Dakota.
  • From Farming to Family Medicine, Alumna Meghan Grassel Balances It All

    Summary: Living on a farm just outside Mission Hill, South Dakota, with her husband, two-year-old and newborn sons, two foster children and countless farm animals, Meghan Grassel '23, M.D., is already busier than most. This self-admitted lover of all things agriculture not only manages a full house and farm, but she also just graduated from the University of South Dakota with an M.D. and MBA – and she makes it look easy.
    A mother smiles for a selfie with her toddler son in a tractor.
  • Cars and Care: Gaven Bowman Applies Skills Learned from Restoring Classics to Medical Career

    Summary: Restoring classic cars, helping out on the family farm and beating his friends in Mario Kart tournaments are just a few of third-year Sanford School of Medicine (SSOM) student Gaven Bowman’s favorite pastimes. Restoring cars, a family affair for Bowman since his early days, has proven to have several parallels to the art of medicine in his eyes.
    A persons stands next to a tan-colored classic car.
  • Shooting for the Stars: Alumnus Spencer Lucas Draws Parallels Between Photography, Medicine

    Summary: As an above-average golfer, a dog dad of two and a huge geek for endovascular surgery, Spencer Lucas ’23, M.D., may appear like every other medical student at first glance. But despite being “just a little busy” with medical school, Lucas has always found a way to make time for another passion: photography.
    A night sky with a line of trees at the bottom and glowing purple, orange and yellow colors and stars in the sky.

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Guest Column | Lizz & Robbie Nicholas

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.

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