Sanford School of Medicine Pathology

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Pathology Courses

Medical students receive instruction from textbooks and engage in active learning with microscopes in our pathology courses as part of the M.D. Program.

Medical Technology

We also provide the clinical component for Medical Technology students from a four-state area.

Fourth-Year Electives

The fourth year in medical school is devoted extensively to elective time for the students.  The Pathology Department offers several flexible electives which average one month in duration at multiple sites throughout the state. These electives have been and continue to be very popular with the students.


We train eight residents through our Graduate Medical Education Program each year. Four residents receive their training at the VA Medical Center in Sioux Falls while the other four are trained at the Sanford/USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls. More information is available here.

Continuing Medical Education
  • Dermatopathology Conferences are every other month starting in January with no conference the month of July. They are the second Wednesday mornings of each month. Dr. Ali Jassim and the pathology residents are in charge of these conferences. 
  • Neuropathology Conferences are quarterly and are coordinated by Dr. Joel Ziebarth. They consist of two sessions; first hour is a presentation by a well known speaker and the second session is a brain cutting
  • More information is available here.

Our cutting-edge research includes the areas of ovarian cancer, colorectal cancer, breast cancer and immunophenotyping. Our faculty are regularly published in leading academic journals.

  • Hematopathology
  • Cytopathology
  • Blood Banking / Transfusion Medicine
  • Surgical Pathology
  • Forensic Pathology