Sanford School of Medicine School of Medicine

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About Us

Vision Statement

The Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota 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.

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota 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 Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota is to provide to its students and to 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; andQuality 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 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.

Diversity Statement

The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine values diversity and its essential role in achieving the educational, scholarship, and service missions of the school.  Therefore, the medical school is committed to both recruitment and retention of students, residents, faculty, and staff who through their diversity enrich the learning environment and promote inclusive excellence.  We recognize diversity as relating to race, ethnicity, creed, rural background, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, age, and disability. In addition, we value persons with broad life experiences, with records of service to disadvantaged populations, and with other attributes that may enhance the learning community. The medical school has chosen three areas of emphasis on diversity to enrich the learning environment and promote inclusive excellence: American Indians, rural, and gender.

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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