VERMILLION, S.D. – The South Dakota chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society has inducted 16 new members from the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine.
Five students from the medical school’s Class of 2019 were inducted, including:
- Brody Brisk of Rapid City, South Dakota
- Skye Lawlor of Rapid City, South Dakota
- Nicholas Goodhope of Sturgis, South Dakota
- Keegan Mechels of Lennox, South Dakota
- Abby Wegehaupt of Dimock, South Dakota
Six students from the Class of 2020 were also inducted, including:
- Matthew Bell of Sioux Falls, South Dakota
- Charissa Etrheim of Brandon, South Dakota
- Kenzie Lee of Brookings, South Dakota
- Eric Mehlhaff of Hartford, South Dakota
- Cody Ness of Hendricks, Minnesota
- Ethan Pauley of Vale, South Dakota
The chapter also inducted family medicine professor Dr. Charles Shafer, alumni Dr. Eric Klawiter and Dr. Matthew Barker, cardiovascular disease fellow Dr. Maheedhar Gedela and psychiatry medical resident Dr. Veronica Radigan.
AOA is the only national honor medical society in the world. It recognizes and encourages excellence in the medical profession and honors high standards of character and conduct among medical students, faculty and medical graduates. AOA specifically recognizes high academic achievement among students selected, as well as gifted teaching and leadership in academia and the community. AOA also supports the ideals of humanism and service to others.