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.
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.
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.
Growing up in the “frigid north” of North Dakota, University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine (SSOM) student Keely Walker said she’s always aspired to challenge herself. While she admits her brothers may have had the more difficult jobs growing up, as they were responsible for shoveling the feet of snow every winter, Walker always dreamed of going into medicine.
A new weeklong course, Transition to Residency, gives medical students at the end of Pillar 3 a little extra preparation for entry into internship.
Dr. Daniel Petereit, a radiation oncologist at Monument Health Cancer Care Institute in Rapid City, South Dakota, is working to provide equal health care access to American Indians through his cancer research program, Walking Forward.
Summary: On May 19, Cathy Logue’s last day of employment with the Sanford School of Medicine, she reflected on and celebrated 34 years of helping students gain skills and confidence in foundational learning.
Summary: Christa Huber, Ph.D., a graduate of the University of South Dakota’s Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences and alumna of the USD Graduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (USD G-RISE) program, recently stepped into a new role as a medical writer for Eikon Therapeutics.
Summary: Dr. David W. Bean, a pillar in the mental health field and stalwart advocate for his patients and mental health, passed away on Feb. 4 at the Dougherty Hospice house in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, at age 86.
Summary: Katherine Aby, a graduate student in the Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences at the University of South Dakota, has been awarded the highly coveted Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award.
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.