Aug 24, 2012
 

Clinical sites chosen for School of Medicine’s FARM program

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Five South Dakota communities have been selected as the first clinical sites for the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine’s Frontier and Rural Medicine (FARM) program. The locations are: Milbank, Mobridge, Winner, Platte and Parkston. Selection of the communities utilized a competitive request for proposals process that was widely distributed. Among eligibility requirements, communities needed to have populations of fewer than 10,000 people.
 

The program expands the Sanford School of Medicine’s class size to address rural health care needs in the state and is part of Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s Workforce Initiative Program (WINS). 

“We are tremendously excited about the opportunities that this program will provide our students as they are exposed to the rewards of practicing primary care medicine and living in a rural community,” said Susan Anderson, M.D., director of the FARM program.

The FARM program is a unique opportunity for a select group of medical students to obtain nine months of clinical training in a rural community. Active engagement in the community will be an important part of student experiences. This will include design and implementation by the student of a project to address a local health care concern. The ultimate goal of this immersive experience is to increase the number of primary care physicians who practice in rural South Dakota

During the coming months up to six students will be selected for the program. According to Anderson, those who participate will benefit from involvement in the care of patients in a rural setting, which can provide unique challenges. 

Anderson expects the program to generate high interest among medical students and hopes to eventually expand the program into additional rural communities throughout the state.

“The number of inquiries we have already received from students indicates excitement about the program,” she said. “We anticipate strong participation and growth in the coming years.”

For more information about the FARM program, please visit www.usd.edu/medical-school/medical-doctor-program/farm.cfm.

About the Sanford 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. It has an enrollment of more than 10,200 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. More information is available at www.usd.edu/press/news.

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