Mar 23, 2012

Match Day reveals USD med students’ residencies

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Fourth-year medical students at the Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota learned where they will complete their residency training. Match Day ceremonies were recently held across the country, including in Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Yankton. Envelopes were handed to each student with their residency acceptance letters inside.

This year’s Sanford School of Medicine graduating class has 52 students. They chose 19 different specialties and will train in 24 different states. Eleven students will train in residencies in South Dakota at least for their first year.

“The competition for positions in residencies is increasingly difficult with a national total of 31,355 active applicants competing for 24,034 residency positions this year,” said Paul Bunger, Ph.D., dean of medical student affairs for the Sanford School of Medicine. “The simultaneous Match Day celebrations in Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Yankton were well attended by faculty, staff and families of the students, and there was great cause for celebration as they opened their envelopes to reveal their training sites.”

For the first two years, medical students are taught on the Vermillion campus. Third- and fourth-year students are trained in Rapid City, Sioux Falls or Yankton.

About the Sanford School of Medicine

For more than a century, the Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota has set the standard for medical education of students, residents and professionals in the state. The school’s mission includes education, research and service. It emphasizes family practice to help create the next generation of doctors for all parts of the state. The school’s economic impact includes attracting $17 million annually in research funding as well as hosting two of the four 2010 Research Centers designated by the governor.

About The University of South Dakota
Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, the state's only School of Law, School of Medicine, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. USD has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. More information is available at

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Peter Carrels
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