USD medical alumni recognized by SDSMA Several University of South Dakota School of Medicine graduates were recognized at the South Dakota State Medical Association (SDSMA) annual meeting, held recently in the Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center in Sioux Falls. �
Kevin L. Bjordahl, M.D., a USD student from 1978-1982, was selected as the new president of SDSMA.
Bjordahl, a Lake Preston, native who is currently a family practice physician in Milbank, became the 124th president of SDSMA. He attended graduate and medical school at the USD School of Medicine. He did his medical residency in family practice at Siouxland Medical Education Foundation in Sioux City, IA. After completing his training, Dr. Bjordahl practiced in Webster from 1985 until 1995. Since 1995, he has practiced in Milbank.
Dr. Bjordahl's legacy at USD continues today. His son is currently enrolled in the School of Medicine and his daughter-in-law has been accepted, but has deferred her enrollment until next year.
Joy M. Falkenburg, M.D., and a 2000 graduate of the School of Medicine, received the Media Award, which recognizes outstanding medical and health care reporting. Dr. Falkenburg is a family physician in Custer. She has written columns for area newspapers, and has developed presentations, such as one dealing with sexually transmitted disease prevention for Custer High School. She is also involved with a summer TV series with KOTA-TV in Rapid City regarding important medical issues.�
Matt Bien, M.D., who practices in Sioux Falls and was a 1985 graduate of the School of Medicine, received the Outstanding Young Physician Award. Dr. Bien is board certified in both pediatrics and internal medicine.
Dr. Bien has been actively involved with SDSMA by serving as alternate councilor and Madison/Brookings district president. He is also involved with Child Protection Services as the consulting physician for Brookings County. Dr. Bien has been a guest expert for the On Call program. Dr. Bien also stays active with community projects such as organizing the annual Brookings Marathon.�
Dr. Bein shared this award with Rochelle Christiansen, M.D., a USDSM faculty member.