Sanford School of Medicine School of Medicine

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About Us

Our Vision
  • 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.
Our Mission      
  • Provide a quality, broad-based medical education with an emphasis on family medicine.    
  • Encourage our graduates to serve medically underserved areas of South Dakota.      
  • Provide excellence in education, research and service through the Doctor of Medicine degree, Doctor of Philosophy degree and other degree programs.       
  • Address health care in the state by providing graduate and continuing education as well as undergraduate education.
  • Serve as a technical resource in developing health care policy in the state.
Our Name
  • We became the Sanford School of Medicine in 2006 after philanthropist T. Denny Sanford pledged $20 million to our school.
  • We remain an entity of USD but closely collaborate with Sanford Health as well as the rest of our partners – Avera Health, Regional Health and the Veterans Administration.
  • We use the Sanford gift to enhance faculty, training programs and development.  
Our Economic Impact       
  • Last year awarded more than $17 million in external research grants and contracts.
  • Play a major role in attracting biotech and biomedical companies to South Dakota.
  • Critical role in the governor's initiative to boost research in the state.
  • Integral role in the state's growth as a regional health care center.  
  • Our students come from 39 of South Dakota's 66 counties.
  • More than 600 of our graduates serve our state.
Faculty Publications and Awards
Selected Research Publications
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