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Medical face mask with text, "Rising to the Occasion. What inspires the desire to serve and heal?"

Health care providers, including physicians, are drawn to their professions by many influences. One fundamental attraction is the opportunity to have a profound and beneficial impact on the well-being of others. In times of crisis, this motivation is dramatically amplified, and it is why physicians as clinicians, researchers, scholars and teachers are always prepared to skillfully confront emergencies and to rise to the occasion.

This photograph features Dr. Jennifer Hsu, associate professor, Pillar 2 director and assistant dean of medical student education at the medical school. Dr. Hsu’s practice in internal medicine specializes in infectious diseases. She has been deeply engaged in patient care and public and professional education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In This Issue

  • Medical gloves and face masks

    The Sanford School of Medicine collected a handful of stories describing projects and pursuits of students, faculty, staff and alumni during COVID-19.

  • Dr. Michael Burt

    First-year surgical resident Dr. Michael Burt rescued a father who was drowning in the Big Sioux River near downtown Sioux Falls. Burt's quick action saved a life.

  • Kirby Hora at the 2020 NCAA awards event.

    Pillar 1 student Kirby Hora chases down challenges, embraces responsibility and remembers an event that changed his life.