Mar 12, 2013

USD Sanford School of Medicine ranked among nation’s best for rural medicine

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine is one of the nation’s top 10 leaders in rural medicine, according to rankings published by U.S. News & World Report.

The magazine’s “Best Graduate Schools 2014” guide places USD’s medical school in the No. 9 slot. Topping this year’s list for rural medicine was the University of Washington. This is the fourth time in as many years the Sanford School of Medicine has appeared in the list.

Medical school deans and senior faculty were polled by the publication in selecting the best programs in the U.S. The Sanford School of Medicine’s mission places an emphasis on family medicine and encourages graduates to serve people in rural areas and other underserved places in the state.

“While the medical education we provide prepares students to practice medicine anywhere, rural medicine lies at the core of who we are as an institution,” explained Mary Nettleman, M.D., M.S., M.A.C.P., dean of the Sanford School of Medicine and vice president for health affairs at USD. “With the recent addition of our Frontier and Rural Medicine (FARM) program, we expect to make even greater strides in rural medicine in the coming years.”

The rankings are part of the U.S. News Media Group 2014 Best Graduate Schools rankings available online at Highlights of the rankings will be published in the “Best Graduate Schools 2014” edition book, on sale April 9.

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. 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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