Sanford School of Medicine Residencies


We offer a unique opportunity to train at the national headquarters of The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society and their affiliated care facilities. Based in Sioux Falls, the Good Samaritan Society is the nation's largest not-for-profit provider of senior care and services.

The fellowship features
  • Insights into the workings of a national organization providing services to the elderly through the Good Samaritan Society.
  • Exposure to state-of-the-art monitoring and other technology developed and tested by the Good Samaritan Society enabling older persons to stay at home independently.
  • One-on-one learning experiences with accomplished faculty.
  • Concentration on teaching safe transfers of care, a scholarly interest of Program Director Dr. David Sandvik.
  • Training in practical geriatrics, with a goal of producing geriatricians who can earn a living practicing geriatrics. Dr. Sandvik has been in clinical practice for over 30 years and has practiced as a geriatrician since 1988. Fellows will learn coding techniques and practice logistics that are effective at providing practice income.

Our graduates are also trained to be proficient as medical directors of nursing homes and other programs and as geriatrician hospitalists.

The program is one year in length and is accredited for two residents.

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