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Sanford School of Medicine Dean Emeritus Talley recognized for distinguished service

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has announced it will confer the second annual Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) Distinguished Service Award to Robert C. Talley, M.D., professor of Internal Medicine and dean emeritus of the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine (SSOM). The award, given in recognition of Talley’s longstanding commitment to LCME accreditation efforts, will be presented at a leadership luncheon during the AAMC’s annual meeting, Saturday, Nov. 2 in Philadelphia, Pa.

“The USD Sanford School of Medicine is indebted to Dr. Talley for his enduring efforts to ensure we provide our students with the necessary tools to become excellent physicians,” said Mary Nettleman, M.D., M.S., M.A.C.P., dean of the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine and vice president for Health Affairs at USD. “We join the AAMC in celebrating his outstanding career and thank him for all that he has done, and continues to do, in the interest of medical education in South Dakota.”

Talley was chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at SSOM from 1975-1987 and served as dean and vice president for health affairs from 1987-2004. As dean, Talley introduced the now prevalent longitudinal model for clinical education. From 2004-2008, he served as SSOM’s director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program, and is currently the associate program director of evaluation and assessment.

Talley served two terms on the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) from 1999 to 2006 and continues to serve the LCME on survey teams and ad hoc committees. Talley also served as chair of the American Medical Association Section on Medical Schools and chair of the Internal Medicine Committee National Board of Medical Examiners. He was a member of the Administrative Board of the Council of Deans of the AAMC from 1999-2004. A photo of Talley is available for download at


USD's Sanford School of Medicine is nationally known for excellence. With its award-winning curriculum, the school prepares medical students to practice in all fields of medicine and is particularly recognized and ranked for its reputation in family medicine and rural medicine. In addition to the M.D., it offers graduate degrees in basic biomedical science, sustains a vibrant and forward-looking research agenda, and is home to the interdisciplinary Center for Brain and Behavioral Research.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
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