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USD Sanford med school dean Dr. Mary Nettleman elected to national Council of Deans

Mary Nettleman, M.D., dean of the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine and Vice-President of Health Affairs, University of South Dakota, has been elected to the national Council of Dean’s top administrative board overseeing the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Dr. Nettleman will serve a one-year term on this important leadership board.

The Council of Deans helps develop strategies guiding service and advocacy functions, including research, patient care, and student performance and preparation for the nation’s medical schools and related institutions. The Association of American Medical Colleges represents and serves all 141 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools, nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, and 90 academic and scientific societies.

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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