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UofSC School of Medicine making an impact on Southern Medical Association

Former dean named president; M.D. student awarded 1906 Scholarship


Pictured Dean Les Hall (left), medical student Daniel Peters (middle), Dr. Donald DiPette (right)

Earlier this fall, the University of South Carolina made a big splash at the Southern Medical Association’s Medical Summit Conference.

During the conference, which was held in St. Petersburg, Fla., former USC School of Medicine Dean Dr. Donald DiPette was installed as the Association’s 113th president. Third year medical student Daniel Peters also was recognized as the recipient of the Society of 1906 Scholarship.

DiPette currently serves as a professor of medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine. He also holds the title of USC Health Sciences Distinguished Professor. During the conference, DiPette gave a presidential address. A text version of his address is available on the SMA website.

USC Medical Student Daniel Peters also was recognized at the conference. He was named the sole recipient of the Society of 1906 Scholarship. The Society of 1906 scholarship was established to commemorate the year Southern Medical Association was founded. The scholarship provides $2,000 to a third year medical student.

Peters is from Clemson, S.C. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of South Carolina. Peters’ acceptance video is available on YouTube.

About the SMA

The Southern Medical Association (SMA) was founded in 1906 as a scientific body of physicians dedicated to fostering the art and science of medicine through education. SMA Members’ commitment to multidisciplinary, interprofessional education has endured for more than 100 years.

Since 1906, members have supported SMA’s mission through membership, donations, publishing, speaking, or directing educational programming. This support has been used to create thousands of hours of educational programming, the publication of more than 45,000 scientific peer-reviewed journal articles in the Southern Medical Journal, and investments of millions of dollars supporting scientific research grants and medical student scholarships.


December 20th, 2017