All 61 USD Sanford School of Medicine Graduates Find Residencies on 'Match Day'

Image Veronika Radigan Veronika Radigan, a Sioux Falls native, was delighted to learn during Match Day 2016 that she would be doing her residency in psychiatry at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. She graduates from USD’s medical school in May and begins her residency after that.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Officials at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine report that the recently held “Match Day” was highly successful. “This was one of the best Match Days in school history,” said Dr. Mary Nettleman, dean of USD’s school of medicine.

Match Day is the dramatic event when soon-to-be graduates of medical schools across the country learn where they will be performing their residencies, and in what specialties. In 2016, Match Day was held on March 18, and 61 students at the USD Sanford School of Medicine learned about their futures.

Nettleman said that all 61 of the medical school's Class of 2016 were placed in residencies (see where they're going at this link). She also said that residencies for upcoming graduates include 22 different specialties, and locations are in 26 different states, with 14 students starting residencies in South Dakota. The most popular specialty is family medicine, with 13 residencies, followed by anesthesiology with six and radiology with five. Most students apply to multiple residencies, and many USD Sanford medical students were placed at their top choice.


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