Longitudinal, integrated clinical training has become the national model of excellence. The Sanford School of Medicine has been practicing this for more than two decades at the Avera Sacred Heart campus in Yankton. We've refined and extended this model to create a modern curriculum responsive to the findings of the Institute of Medicine and the Carnegie Foundation.

Three Pillars of Medicine

The first Pillar establishes a strong foundation in basic science. We blend that with clinical experience in both didactic and small group settings.

The second Pillar focuses on acquiring clinical skills, integrating learning across specialties and focusing on experiential learning. Students work closely with experienced physicians in Sioux Falls, Yankton, Rapid City and other communities in South Dakota (See our clinical sites). Students may also take part in a Rural Track, which allows them to experience medicine in a smaller community.

The third Pillar includes advanced medical knowledge. It give students an opportunity to delve more deeply into areas of interest through electives and an expanded opportunity to perform research.

Throughout our curriculum, we stress the importance of professionalism, culture and diversity, population science, quality and outcome assessment and working in an interdisciplinary environment.

We designed the curriculum so students could gain competence and progress to excellence. We're creating skilled and confident physicians, who are able to practice medicine in the modern era.

Learn more about the new curriculum through our Frequently Asked Questions.