USD med school celebrates century

USD med school celebrates century
In the setting of a shiny new conference room in the Lee Medical Building of the Sanford School of Medicine at The University of South Dakota, people took time to reflect.

Great strides in healing have been made on the plains of South Dakota and in the region, thanks to the 100 years the medical school has existed.

People from the university and the Vermillion community gathered in the new medical school building April 19 to celebrate a century of medical education on the USD campus.

An open house was held at the medical school from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

"In South Dakota, in this climate, not the physical climate, but the climate politically and every other way in a medical school here – endurance is quite a feat," USD President James Abbott said at the open house. "It's pretty amazing to think about the obstacles that everyone here had to overcome, first to be on campus in any sort of an educational setting, then to go from two years to four years."

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.

Thanks to the completion of Phase I earlier this year, visitors had the opportunity last week to see new state-of-the-art research facilities and learn more about a century of medical education in South Dakota.

"The faculty here can take great pride in helping to design this teaching and research institution that will last for many years," said Dr. Robert Talley, past dean of the medical school.

In addition to the open house, the centennial celebration included 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.

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