Sanford School of Medicine celebrates 100 years

Sanford School of Medicine celebrates 100 years
The Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota is "Celebrating a Century of Medical Education" with an open house from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 19 in the new Lee Medical Building on the USD campus.

The College of Medicine opened on the campus of The University of South Dakota in the fall of 1907. The original curriculum consisted of two years of premedical work and two years of medicine. Today, the Sanford School of Medicine is a leading provider of both the doctor of medicine and the doctor of philosophy degrees, and offers graduate degrees in several areas, including biomedical science, occupational therapy and physical therapy.

"This is a chance for Vermillion and USD to see our new building and to learn of some of the research being done at the Sanford Medical School," noted Steven Waller, Ph.D., associate dean of basic biomedical sciences at USD. "Many have seen the building from the outside and watched it being built for two years, but this will be their first chance to see the building from the inside."

Thanks to the completion of Phase I earlier this year, visitors will now have an opportunity to see the new state-of-the-art research facilities as well as learn more about a century of medical education in South Dakota. In addition to the open house, the centennial celebration includes a traveling exhibit of several photographs that highlight the medical school's 100-year history. These black and white photos are currently on display at the W.H. Over Museum, which is located next to the DakotaDome.

At 3:30 p.m., following the open house, guests are invited to attend a brief program in Room 345 of the new building. Dr. Rodney Parry, dean of the Sanford School of Medicine, will introduce several special guests, including Dr. Robert Talley and Dr. Karl Wegner, past deans of the medical school.

They will also be available at 4 p.m. to sign copies of a published book featuring detailed history and photographs of the school of medicine.

For more information about "Celebrating a Century of Medical Education" and the Lee Medical Building, please contact the Sanford School of Medicine at or by calling (605) 677-8800.

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