Sanford School of Medicine Family Medicine

In Demand

Acute Need

Family medicine is a demanding but rewarding career. Primary care is needed more than ever throughout the country and South Dakota is no exception. As a family physician, you can help address this critical need. You will have the satisfaction of treating a patient instead of an organ system, disease or condition. You will develop meaningful relationships with patients, helping them to prevent illness and lead a healthy life. 

Career Counseling

Our academic and clinical faculty members not only provide a high quality education for medical students and residents, we also act as role models to promote family medicine. We hold various activities to answer questions about family medicine, and we are always available to provide career counseling to interested students.


Our faculty members provide leadership in family medicine in a number of ways:

  • Leading national organizations
  • Serving on national organizational boards and esteemed hospital boards
  • Co-editing the state medical journal
  • Winning national awards for excellence
  • Scholarship through peer-reviewed publications and national presentations

National Leader

lindemann-janet_1 Janet Lindemann, M.D., professor and dean of Medical Student Education, was selected to serve on the prestigious Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the accrediting body for U.S. and Canadian medical schools.

State Leader

SusanAnderson Susan Anderson, M.D., associate professor, is president of the South Dakota Academy of Family Physicians.