The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine welcomed 71 first-year students, the largest class ever, to the state's only medical school during its annual white coat ceremony.
The July 22 event in Sioux Falls featured remarks by medical school leaders and the traditional presentation of a physician’s white coat to each student. Family members and friends accompanied the students and helped them mark the formal start to their medical school training.
Sixty students in the class of 2019 graduated from high schools in South Dakota, and 30 of them (42 percent) come from communities with populations of fewer than 10,000. Three of the students are enrolled in the school’s M.D./Ph.D. program.
Mary Nettleman, M.D., dean of the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, saluted the incoming students for their admission and provided perspective on their new responsibilities. “The white coat program is where we acknowledge that these students are now more than just students,” said Dr. Nettleman. “They are now physicians in training. And society places expectations on physicians that are fairly weighty. We recognize that these expectations are valid and important, and we embrace those expectations as these students enter this profession. This event is really the beginning of their professional careers.”
The first-year students, their hometown and high school:
Aberdeen (Roncalli High School) – Angelina Gould; Box Elder (Douglas) – Hanna Distel, Cody Tidwell; Brandon (Brandon Valley) Erik Manke, Matthew Larson; Brookings – Ryan Jorgenson, Katherine Kondratuk, Nicholas Pekas; Canistota – Luke Fuhrman; Chamberlain – Sarah Fisher; Deubrook – Daniel Parr; Elk Point (Elk Point -Jefferson) – Benjamin Staum; Faulkton – Breann Bowar, Susan Wik; Fort Pierre (Stanley County) – Joshua Rogers; Harrisburg – Ruthellen Anderson; Hartford (West Central) – Anna Bahnson, Jake Johnson; Huron – Erik Burnison; Lennox – Keegan Mechels; Milbank – Nicole Buchele; Mission (Todd County) – Carol Whitman; Newell – Ethan Pauley; Parkson – Abigail Wegehaupt; Phillip – Alexander Brech; Pierre (TF Riggs) – Amber Olson, Kayla Pochop; Plankinton – Matthew Gerlach; Rapid City (Central) – Kristin Belsaas, John Chandler, Nicholas Purcell; (Saint Thomas More) – Liam Duffy; (Stevens) – Brody Brisk, Eric Habbe, Skye Lawlor, Daniel Pfeifle, Sierra Schepper, Nathan Zvejnieks; Sioux Falls (Christian) – Emily Wynja; (Lincoln) – Rebecca Jarratt, Samuel Jensen, Joseph Kolba, Collin Noldner, Nathan Wunder; (Bishop O’Gorman) – Elliot Czarnecki, Spencer Edman, David Meisinger, Taylor Meyer, Jessica Sundleaf, Abbey VanDenBerg, Zachary Weber; (Roosevelt) – Ryan Shogren; (Washington) – Bradley Eichhorn, Joshua Hanscom, Tania Padilla; Spearfish – Jillian Draine; Sturgis – Nicholas Goodhope; Volga (Sioux Valley) – Alexander Sellers; Watertown – Emily Endres; Wolsey (Wolsey-Wessington) – Rebecca Runge
Ross (The Branson School) – Emily Storm
Eaton – Jordan Needens
Indianapolis (Franklin Central) – Janice Baumberger
Harlan – Luke Lansman
Adrian – Brian Hokeness; Cottonwood (Lakeview) – Sean Pickthorn; Edgerton – Alex Heard; Fridley (Totino Grace) – Mark Larson; Plymouth (Wayzata) – Steven Donahue
Lincoln (Pius) – Erin Terpstra
Holmen – Kristopher Johnson