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South Dakota students inducted into national honor medical society

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The South Dakota chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha has elected eight students in the Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota’s Class of 2011 into its ranks. Alpha Omega Alpha is the only national honor medical society in the world.

The new members elected at a chapter meeting last month were Matthew Anderson of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, Laura Doshier of Rapid City, S.D., Kelly Larson of Brandon, S.D., Marta Lewis of Happy Valley, Ore., Sarah Liebe of Milbank, S.D., John Reynen of Sioux Falls, S.D., Jared Sutton of Watertown, S.D., and Laura Suurmeyer of Aberdeen, S.D. Halie Vosler of Spearfish, S.D., was elected as a third-year student last spring.

Alpha Omega Alpha is organized for educational purposes and aims to promote scholarship and research in medical schools through the encouragement of a high standard of character and conduct among medical students and graduates. The South Dakota chapter was granted its charter from the national organization in 1978. Members of Alpha Omega Alpha at South Dakota must rank in the top 25 percent of their graduating class with no more than one-sixth of potential graduates elected for membership.

Students elected to the society are judged to have shown potential to become leaders in their profession. Scholastic excellence is not the only criterion for election; integrity, capacity for leadership, compassion and fairness in dealing with colleagues are considered to be of equal significance.