USD Sanford School of Medicine recognized for outstanding rural medicine curriculum

VERMILLION, S.D. -- According to rankings published by U.S. News & World Report, the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine is one of the nation’s top 5 leaders when it comes to rural medicine.

The magazine’s “Best Graduate Schools 2015” guide ranks USD’s medical school at No. 5, rising four spots from last year's No. 9 ranking. This is the fifth consecutive year that the Sanford School of Medicine has been recognized by U.S. News for rural medicine. Topping this year’s list for rural medicine was the University of Washington.

“The addition of our Frontier and Rural Medicine (FARM) program along with our emphasis on encouraging graduates to practice medicine in rural areas has greatly strengthened the Sanford School of Medicine’s mission at providing students with an education that’s focused on enhancing rural medicine,” stated Mary Nettleman, M.D., M.S., M.A.C.P., dean of the Sanford School of Medicine and vice president for health affairs at USD.

The Sanford School of Medicine’s mission places an emphasis on family medicine and encourages graduates to serve people in rural areas and other underserved places in the state.

Criteria for the rankings include med school deans and faculty, who were polled by the publication in selecting the top programs in the nation. The rankings are part of the U.S. News Media Group 2015 Best Graduate Schools rankings available online at www.usnews.com/gradmeth. Highlights of the rankings will be published in the “Best Graduate Schools 2015” edition, on sale Tuesday, April 8.

ABOUT THE SANFORD SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

USD's Sanford School of Medicine is nationally known for excellence. With its award-winning curriculum, the school prepares medical students to practice in all fields of medicine and is particularly recognized and ranked for its reputation in family medicine and rural medicine. In addition to the M.D., it offers graduate degrees in basic biomedical science, sustains a vibrant and forward-looking research agenda and is home to the interdisciplinary Center for Brain and Behavioral Research.

ABOUT USD

Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 206 undergraduate and 71 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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