Our Vision

The Department of Pediatrics at the Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota will be acknowledged as a leader in educating students, residents, fellows, physicians and allied health professionals in the discipline of pediatrics, be recognized for providing extraordinary, compassionate care to pediatric patients and their caregivers, be renowned for the creation and dissemination of new knowledge in the field of pediatrics, and be valued as an advocate for children.

Our Mission

The Mission of the Department of Pediatrics at the Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota is to provide all learners with an exceptional educational experience in pediatrics, to deliver the highest quality of care to pediatric patients and their caregivers, to create and disseminate new knowledge to improve the health and wellbeing of all children, and to be an advocate for children.

Our Values

The members of the Department of Pediatrics at the Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota espouse the following values:

  1. Educators in pediatrics, as role models, should impart in a culturally appropriate manner, the knowledge and skills related to pediatric medicine, that students and residents require to become good physicians.
  2. Members of the department are expected to demonstrate and inculcate the highest levels of professionalism, respect, and integrity in their interactions with students, residents, patients and their caregivers, colleagues and staff.
  3. Diversity and inclusiveness are respected and highly valued in our department. Gender, race, ethnicity, disability status, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, age, veteran status, and other important social identities are all equally accepted and respected in our department.

Our Goals

  1. To provide high-quality pediatric education at the undergraduate (medical student), graduate (resident and fellow) and professional (continuing professional development) level.
  2. To serve the children of South Dakota and the region by providing compassionate, exemplary health care through medical education and research, by serving as a clinical and technical resource to other care providers and agencies.
  3. To advance medical knowledge in the field of pediatrics through basic science, clinical and translational research, as well as other scholarly activities.
  4. To expand pediatric services throughout the region.
  5. To serve as advocates for children’s health and well-being.
  6. To serve as a leadership resource in the realm of pediatrics.
  7. To support and encourage Faculty Development.