Loren Amundson will address USD’s Dec. 15 commencement

Loren Amundson will address USD's Dec. 15 commencement Dr. Loren H. Amundson, founding chairman and professor emeritus of family medicine at The University of South Dakota School of Medicine, Sioux Falls, will deliver the commencement address at The University of South Dakota on Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. in the DakotaDome.

Amundson's address is entitled "We Finish To Begin."

He will also receive an Alumni Achievement Award during the ceremony. USD President James W. Abbott and Regent Shane Penfield will confer the degrees to approximately 450 candidates for graduation.

Amundson attended USD's School of Medicine, Vermillion, from 1952-1954 and received his M.D. from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine in 1956.

He is a life member of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and a founding member of the AAFP Home Study Self Assessment Program, now in its 23rd year of publication. He was a charter diplomat of the American Board of Family Practice and served on its board of directors from 1983-1988.

Amundson is a past member and chair of the Residency Review Committee for Family Practice and served the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education as a specialist site visitor. In addition to other numerous medical posts, he was the initial director of the South Dakota Office of Rural Health from 1990-1995.

In 1990, Amundson received the AAFP Thomas W. Johnson Award for outstanding national family physician educator. His areas of medical interest include rural health, dermatology, patient compliance, the family physician as consultant, the role and future of family practice, and family practice residency Rural Training Tracks (RTT) and Community Health Center (CHC) educational linkages.

Amundson was a member of the Editorial Advisory Committee for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader in 1997 and was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame the same year.

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