I am a graduate of the Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota. It is a small and community-based medical school accepts about 50 medical students every year. The medical school has 4 campuses (Vermillion, Yankton, Rapid City, and Sioux Falls) and has a strong emphasis on rural family practice.
I started medical school in the fall of 2008. My first two years of medical school were the “pre-clinical years” and were held in Vermillion, SD. In that time I studied anatomy, biochemistry, human physiology, histology, neuroscience, microbiology, immunology, pathology, pharmacology, behavioral science, embryology, and radiology. In the summer of 2010, I was assigned to do my clinical training in Yankton, SD and I became a student of the Yankton Model Program. During my third year of medical school I studied internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, psychiatry, and surgery. In that year I logged over 1300 patient encounters and first assist in over 250 surgeries. I graduated on May 5th, 2012.