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Second group of USD medical students selected for FARM Program

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The second group of medical students has been selected to participate in the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine’s Frontier And Rural Medicine (FARM) Program. The six participants from the class of 2017 have also been matched to their host communities for the program: Jed Assam and Keely Krolikowski to Winner, S.D.; Ryan Buse, Mobridge, S.D.; Brooke Jensen, Platte, S.D.; John Person, Milbank, S.D.; and Meredith Sauer, Parkston, S.D.

The FARM Program is an initiative designed to combat the rural physician shortage by exposing students to the challenges and unique opportunities inherent in rural medicine. Beginning in July 2014, the first group of students in the FARM program will spend nine intensive months in carefully selected host communities during their third year of medical school, working with local physicians and becoming immersed in the communities. The students listed above will begin their FARM experience in 2015.

“The Frontier And Rural Medicine Steering Committee was again impressed by the quality of the applicants that were interested in the program. The communities are excited to be able to host these students,” said Susan Anderson, MD, director of the FARM Program. “We are appreciative of the ongoing support of Gov. Daugaard, the South Dakota Board of Regents and the South Dakota State Legislature. This is a very exciting initiative for the medical school.”

Anderson added that the FARM students are selected well in advance of their scheduled arrival in the communities so that they can get to know more about their host community and start to build relationships with identified physician coordinators and community ambassadors at each site.

“As we continue to prepare for the launch of the FARM program, we are excited to work with the next cohort of FARM students,” stated Laura Harmelink, RN, the Clinical FARM Site Specialist. “I consider it a privilege to have the opportunity to walk beside our rural communities, assisting in the education of our future healthcare providers.”


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
USD News