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USD Sanford School of Medicine Class of 2023

The Class of 2023 celebrated the White Coat Ceremony in July 2019 to formally begin their careers in medicine. This milestone event attracts physicians and faculty, as well as family and friends of the students.

Demographics/Class of 2023

  • 70 students
  • 34 women, 36 men
  • 16 students are married
  • 54 South Dakota high school graduates
  • 27 South Dakota high schools
  • 16 out-of-state high school graduates
  • 29 colleges/universities
  • 8 colleges/universities in South Dakota

Where our students come from

Of the 70 students in this class, 54 are graduates of 27 different high schools in South Dakota. The rest have strong connections to the state. Lincoln High School, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, contributed 13 members of the class. Roosevelt High School, also in Sioux Falls, landed four of its graduates in the group. Aberdeen Central, Sioux Falls Washington and Brandon Valley high schools each contributed three graduates. Small communities from all regions of South Dakota are represented in this class, including Lemmon, White Lake, Wall, Ipswich, Lead-Deadwood, Hartford, Elk Point-Jefferson, Custer, Armour, Groton and Centerville. One of the South Dakota natives was home schooled.

Sixteen students graduated from high schools outside South Dakota, and most are from states bordering South Dakota, including seven from Minnesota and two each from Iowa and Nebraska. Other states contributing to the Class of 2023 are Oklahoma, Hawaii, Wisconsin and Missouri.

Woman smiling giving two thumbs up in her white coat

This collection of medical students received their undergraduate educations at 29 different colleges and universities, including eight in South Dakota. The University of South Dakota is the leading contributor, with 16 students. Augustana University has nine graduates in the Class of 2023, and South Dakota State University has eight. Black Hills State University has three, and Northern State University and Mount Marty College each have two. Dakota Wesleyan University and the University of Sioux Falls each contributed one graduate to this class. The leading out-of-state institution contributing students to this class is the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) with four students.

Of the 16 students who graduated from out-of-state high schools, eight graduated from a university or college in South Dakota before beginning medical school.

USD Sanford School of Medicine Class of 2023

  • Shivon Barwari, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Brian Bishop, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Lane Blasius, Wall, South Dakota
  • Rebecca Buechler, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Sanyogita Chandra, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Drew Cheskie, Ellsworth, Minnesota
  • Alexander Clem, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Anja Cucak, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Ann Dally, Owatonna, Minnesota
  • Baylor DeVries, Harrisburg, South Dakota
  • Ashley Durant, Okay, Oklahoma
  • Justin Egge, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Shelley Feng, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Zachary Fleming, Aberdeen, South Dakota
  • Max Gallivan, Kahului, Hawaii
  • Maya Gogoi, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Megan Goldammer, Harrisburg, South Dakota
  • Chase Habben, Hartford, South Dakota
  • Emily Hansen, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Brandon Hanten, White Lake, South Dakota
  • Mitchell Harris, Hudson, Wisconsin
  • Kirby Hora, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Britt Jacobsen, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Stephanie Jahnz, Truman, Minnesota
  • Mason Jones, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Meredith Keith, Rapid City, South Dakota
  • Ganeva Kendall, Wall, South Dakota
  • Claire Kittock, Eden Prairie, Minnesota*
  • Maria Koenen, Rock Valley, Iowa
  • Lindsay Larson, Yankton, South Dakota
  • Ethan Leif, Pierre, South Dakota
  • Benjamin Loewen, Huron, South Dakota
  • Sydney Lovrien, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Spencer Lucas, Alexandria, Minnesota
  • Danielle Mack, Lead, South Dakota
  • Tory Makela, Ipswich, South Dakota
  • Mason McCain, Wisner, Nebraska
  • Connor McMahon, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Jazmin Newton, Huron, South Dakota
  • Mykayla Palmer, Brandon, South Dakota
  • James Pischke, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Christian Pollema, North Sioux City, South Dakota
  • Halle Randall, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Sophie Richardson, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • James Ringo, Norman, Oklahoma
  • Derek Rohlf, Brandon, South Dakota
  • Meghan Schenk, Elk Point, South Dakota
  • Luke Smith, Groton, South Dakota
  • Dallas Soyland, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Sawyer Stevens, Cottonwood, Minnesota
  • Julia Stys, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Jadah Thaemert, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Paul Thanel, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Jacob Thomsen, Custer, South Dakota
  • Christian Tobin, Rapid City, South Dakota
  • Brenden Van Der Werff, Armour, South Dakota
  • Brandon VanderZee, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Annika Van Oosbree, Maple Grove, Minnesota*
  • Amber Veldman, Hull, Iowa
  • Michael Vlach, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Madisyn Waage, Aberdeen, South Dakota
  • Megan Wattenhofer, Rapid City, South Dakota
  • Henry Wei, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Allen Wellman, Rapid City, South Dakota
  • Ariadne West, Aberdeen South Dakota
  • Kjerstin Williams, Brandon, South Dakota
  • Patrick Wilson, Lemmon, South Dakota
  • Peter Wilson, Rapid City, South Dakota
  • Nicholas Wixon, Centerville, South Dakota
  • Omar Zineldine, Rapid City, South Dakota

*M.D./Ph.D. Program - Class of 2026


A lasting embrace at the White Coat Ceremony

If a member of a new medical student’s family is a physician, it is a tradition of the White Coat Ceremony for that physician to place the white coat on the new medical student. This is often a father or a mother placing the white coat on a daughter or a son. Heightened emotion to an experience that is already emotional is often the result.

Dr. Archana Chatterjee hugs her daughter at the White Coat Ceremony

“The day of the White Coat Ceremony felt surreal because it was the culmination of many years of hard work and the fulfillment of a dream. The moment I received the white coat was grounding because I knew that I had made it, with the help of so many people, especially my mother who is my best friend. We now have an even stronger bond, which is something that I could never have imagined.”

– Maya Gogoi, first-year medical student and daughter of Dr. Archana Chatterjee

“It was one of the happiest days of my life to see my beloved daughter Maya achieve her long-held dream of starting medical school. Welcoming her into the medical community by the symbolic presentation of the white coat was a special honor. Both of us will cherish this moment for as long as we live.”

– Archana Chatterjee, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chair, Dept. of Pediatrics and senior associate dean for faculty development at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine