Paul Bunger, USD Sanford School of Medicine dean, honored by AAMC-CGSA for Outstanding Service

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Paul C. Bunger, dean of Medical Student Affairs at The University of South Dakota’s Sanford School of Medicine, was recently presented with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)-Group on Student Affairs (GSA) Outstanding Service Award during the Central Region Group on Student Affairs (CGSA) Conference in Destin, Fla.

A past chair of the CGSA, Bunger has been a member of the organization since 2000. He has also held the positions of vice chair, chair-elect and chair of the CGSA.

The GSA is one of 13 professional development groups within the AAMC. The organization was established in 1958 to advance medical education and to represent the interests of medical schools and medical students in five areas of expertise and practice, including admissions, financial aid, minority affairs, student affairs and student records. There are four regional GSA groups: Northeast, Western, Southern and Central, which includes USD’s Sanford School of Medicine.

Bunger, Ph.D., is the director of admissions for the Sanford School of Medicine. In addition to coordinating student recruitment efforts, Bunger is chair of the Basic Sciences Student Longitudinal Follow-up Program, serves as advisor to the Medical Education Committee, the Financial Aid Committee, and the Student Progress and Conduct Committee. A member of the Sanford School of Medicine faculty since 1976, Bunger is also a member of the Yankton Model Program Coordinating Committee, Medical School Administrative Council, the Medical School Administrative Staff, and the University President’s Advisory Council.

Outstanding Service Awards are presented to members for their contributions to CGSA along with their dedication to fulfilling the organization’s mission. A photo of Bunger and his award is available for download at