USD med school receives gold award for fifth consecutive year

USD med school receives gold award for fifth consecutive year The University of South Dakota School of Medicine was honored with a Gold Achievement Award from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Conference held recently in Orlando, FL.

The award recognized The University of South Dakota School of Medicine for the number of graduating students choosing family practice residency programs. Dr. H. Bruce Vogt, family medicine chair at the USD School of Medicine, was present to accept the award.

From 1997 through 1999, the three-year average of student choosing family practice was 32.2 percent. "In our selection process, we look for students who are interested in family medicine and integrate it into all four years of medical school," said Roger Shewmake, professor and education coordinator at USD School of Medicine.

The USD School of Medicine is the only school to receive the award five consecutive years in a row and only one of two medical schools to receive five gold awards.

"It is our mission at the school of medicine to emphasize what a wonderful opportunity and profession family medicine is," said USD School of Medicine Dean Robert Talley. "We also understand that we take South Dakota students from small communities and the family physician is a role model in those communities."

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