May 8, 2012

USD’s School of Medicine ranks nationally for producing family medicine physicians

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine has earned an Achievement Award from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) for being one of the nation’s top schools in family medicine.

According to the AAFP, 15.2 percent of the school’s graduates have entered an ACGME-accredited family medicine residency program – a statistic that places the Sanford School of Medicine within the top 10 schools in the U.S. for producing family medicine physicians.

“Family medicine has always been a critically important part of our mission,” said Mary Nettleman, dean of the Sanford School of Medicine. “This award serves as an affirmation of our strong tradition of maintaining the highest quality in family health care throughout the state and beyond.” 

The Sanford School of medicine was recognized by the AAFP during the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Annual Spring Conference held Friday, April 27, in Seattle, Wash.

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About the School of Medicine

For more than a century, the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine 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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