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About the Chapter


Robert L. Allison, MD, MACP

Dr. Allison serves as the official representative of the College for the South Dakota Chapter, providing a link between members at the local level and leadership at the national level. To learn more about Dr. Allison, read his bio.

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Dr. Matt Bien selected for advancement to Mastership

Matt N. Bien, MD, MACP, FAAP was officially recognized with ACP Mastership during the 2021 Internal Medicine Meeting. Masterships are awarded because of “personal character, positions of honor, contributions towards furthering the purposes of the ACP, eminence in practice or in medical research, or other attainments in science or in the art of medicine.” Dr. Bien is a clinical professor with the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. During his tenure as Acting Assistant Dean of Medical Student Education from 2013 to 2014, he led the school through an innovative and comprehensive curriculum reform. He served as Governor of the ACP South Dakota Chapter from 2015 to 2019.

Dr. Mary D. Nettleman receives National Award

During the 2021 Internal Medicine Meeting, Mary D. Nettleman, MD, MACP received the 2020 Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell Award for Outstanding Contributions to Advancing the Careers of Women in Medicine.

Dr. Nettleman is the Dean of the Sanford School of Medicine and Vice President for Health Affairs of the University of South Dakota, serving in that role since 2012. As Dean, she has been an advocate of increasing the number of female applicants to medical school, focused on creative and innovative approaches to improving career pathways for women, and has advocated for recruitment and advancement of women faculty members into leadership positions.

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Dr. Smitha N. Gowda, a 2021 Chief Resident

Our PGY3 residents had another outstanding fellowship match this year. We have 4 residents going into fellowships. These fellowships include Cardiology at Houston Methodist, Hematology/Oncology at University of Nebraska, Pulmonary-Critical care at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ, and Nephrology-Critical care at University of Texas San Antonio. We are also excited that our other 4 residents will be staying to practice in South Dakota. One resident will practice in Primary Care and three residents will practice as Hospitalists. We also had another outstanding year with our ABIM boards. We had a 100% pass rate again, which makes this the 5th consecutive year. The residents continue to do very well on the In-training service exam with our residency (all residents combined) composite percentile of greater than 90% in all specialties and overall program. Thanks to all our outstanding faculty. For more information, visit the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine website.

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