USD med school ranks among best in producing rural physicians

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota is one of the top schools in the country in producing rural physicians.

A study that examined the training of the rural physician workforce in the United Statesfound USD’s medical school ranked fourth nationally with 31 percent of its graduates practicing in rural areas. West Virginia University ranked first with 41 percent. The study tracked medical school graduates from 1988 to 1997 who were rural physicians in 2005.

“This study shows how seriously we take our mission of encouraging our graduates to serve in rural South Dakota,” said Rodney R. Parry, vice president of health affairs and medical school dean. “We know the need for health care is critical in rural South Dakota.”

The study is published in the April issue of Academic Medicine, the journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges.