Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota Review
The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine is a 4-year MD-granting program that welcomed its first class in 1907. Students spend the first two years learning their basic sciences interwoven with system blocks in Vermilion, SD. The clinical years are spent either in Rapid City, Sioux Falls, or Yankton. Some students participate in the FARM program, completing their clinical training in a rural area. The University of South Dakota has multiple programs to help increase diversity, including multiple Native American programs. The Sanford School of Medicine is committed to wellness and has a Student Wellness Program with a student-run component, a mentor component, and a stress management and resilience training component. Sanford School of Medicine also has a Medical Student Research Program that will connect students to research if that’s something they choose to do.
The mission of the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine is to provide the opportunity for South Dakota residents to receive a quality, broad-based medical education with an emphasis on family medicine. The curriculum is to be established to encourage graduates to serve people living in the medically underserved areas of South Dakota, and is to require excellence in the basic sciences and in all clinical disciplines. The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine is to provide to our students and the people of South Dakota excellence in education, research and service. To these ends, the school is to provide educational pathways leading to both the Doctor of Medicine and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Quality health care for the people of South Dakota is addressed by undergraduate, graduate and continuing educational programs as well as by basic and applied medical research. The Sanford School of Medicine should serve as a technical resource in the development of health care policy in the state and provide extension and research initiatives to improve the health care of the citizens of the state.
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The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine will be a leader in educating students who with knowledge, skill and compassion dedicate their lives to the well-being of their patients, their community and their profession.
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- Annual High Temp: 60.6°F
- Annual Low Temp: 37.8°F
- Av. Annual Rainfall: 27.64 inch
- Av. Annual Snowfall: 34 inch
*US average index is 100
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- USMLE Step 1 Prep
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- Professor Support and Mentorship
- Administration Responsiveness
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- Research Opportunity
- Residency Match Support
- Diverse and Inclusive Environment
- Values Balance and Wellness
- Community Service Opportunity
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