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Platte, South Dakota, Physician Honored by USD Sanford School of Medicine Family Medicine Department

Dr. Jerome Bentz standing with Dr. Susan Anderson. Dr. Bentz holds his plaque. Dr. Jerome Bentz accepts the Edward J. Batt Memorial Award from Dr. Susan Anderson.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Dr. Jerome Bentz, a family medicine physician in Platte, South Dakota, and a clinical professor serving the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, has been honored as the 2020 outstanding faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine.

Bentz received the Edward J. Batt Memorial Award, one of the medical school’s oldest awards named after Dr. Edward Batt, a family physician who taught students at the USD medical school and also family medicine physician-residents in the Sioux Falls Family Medicine Residency program. 

Dr. Susan Anderson, chair of the medical school’s family medicine department, presented the award to Dr. Bentz.

Bentz has been a faculty member in the school of medicine’s family medicine program since 1987, and has been active not only as a clinical professor, but also with the medical school’s rural medical clerkships and as an influential and positive preceptor preparing students for clinical practice. Bentz was the South Dakota Academy of Family Physicians’ (SDAFP) Doctor of the Year in 2015, and he has also served as president of the SDAFP.


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 84 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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News