VERMILLION, S.D. – Gerald Yutrzenka, Ph.D., associate dean of diversity and inclusion at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, has been recognized with an exemplary service award by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The award was presented to Yutrzenka at the recent AAMC meeting in Austin, Texas.
In making the award announcement, the AAMC stated, “Dr. Yutrzenka has been a leader in promoting enhanced understanding of health care disparities of medically underserved communities and awareness of health care workforce opportunities within rural and diverse populations.”
Yutrzenka has led efforts to provide health care opportunities for Native Americans and other groups in South Dakota and nationally.
Yutrzenka has been a faculty member of the USD Sanford School of Medicine’s Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences since 1984, and has served as associate dean since 2014.