Physicians in Training Embark on Medical School

Image 2016 White Coat Ceremony Some of the 71 first-year students in the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Seventy-one students are enrolled in this year’s incoming class at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. They were selected from 859 applicants, the most in a decade.

The group pursued undergraduate degrees at 30 different colleges. There are 69 M.D. students and two enrolled in the M.D.-Ph.D. program. Fifty-seven of the 71 are from South Dakota. The remainder come from Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Montana, Florida and New York.

The USD Sanford School of Medicine is recognized as the nation’s leading medical school for producing doctors serving rural locations, and that’s reflected in the fact that almost half of the new students have roots in a community with fewer than 10,000 people.

Medical school leaders welcomed the class last week and presented each with a physician’s white coat to formally mark their start to medical school training.

Read a list of the first-year students.

Download a photo from the white coat ceremony.


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.


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 205 undergraduate and 73 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.


Michael Ewald
USD News