From the Program Director

Welcome to the Pediatrics Residency Program at Sanford Children's Hospital!

We are the only pediatrics residency program in the Dakotas, and at the end of the 2015-16 academic year we graduated our third class of pediatricians, two of whom entered fellowships in pediatric intensive care, two beginning careers as general pediatricians in North Dakota and at a Sanford Health clinic in Oregon, and one taking on the role of chief resident. Our graduating chief resident also started a fellowship in adolescent medicine. So far, our resident graduates have an average 94% pass rate on their initial American Board of Pediatrics certification examination. This past year we again accomplished much. We continue with our ACGME accreditation with our next site visit scheduled for 2023 and we currently have no citations. Several second- and third-year residents had either poster presentations at national pediatrics meetings or case reports or review articles in peer-reviewed journals. We continue to develop opportunities for our residents to experience general pediatrics outpatient medicine in Kunming, China at a Sanford World Clinic site. Our current residents and faculty are very proud of the progress our program has achieved in our six highly successful years of existence. 

The size of our program, six residents per year, allows the faculty to encourage all residents to develop their individual skills as pediatricians. The distinctive health care characteristics of Sanford Health and the Dakota region give our residents plenty of opportunities to pursue pediatrics in rural, urban, and global health settings; to engage in clinical research; and to develop administrative and advocacy expertise.

We hope that you enjoy exploring our site, where you will find additional information about our curriculum, our program benefits, and the experience of living in Sioux Falls. If you are interested in the practice of pediatrics, have a strong desire to have a say in our program design, and are game for making a mark in a new residency program and living in a great place, don't hesitate to apply!

Joseph Zenel, MD
Residency Program Director
July 25, 2016