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Susan M. Anderson, M.D., F.A.A.F.P.
Chair and Professor
Program Director, South Dakota Area Health Education Center
Director, FARM Program

Valerie Hearns, M.D. F.A.A.F.P.
Vice-Chair of Curriculum and Professor
Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship Director, Family Medicine
Director of Objective Structured Clinical Examination, Pillar 3
Electives Coordinator

Janet Fulk 
Assistant Director, FARM


Our department includes 60 academic and 361 clinical faculty throughout the state.


Loraine Hartig, Department Manager

Amanda Howard, Senior Secretary

Arica Schuknecht, Program Assistant II, Clinical Foundations

Deb Wilka, Senior Secretary

Jenny Wilka, Senior Secretary


Our faculty members are committed to furthering scholarship in family medicine. They wrote the book, or at least a book chapter, on everything from ambulatory care to health prevention to tropical medicine. We also regularly make presentations at national conferences.

Career Counseling

Our academic and clinical faculty members not only provide a high-quality education for medical students and residents, but they also act as role models to promote family medicine. We hold various activities to answer questions about family medicine, and we are always available to provide career counseling to interested students.