Known for Excellence

At the Sanford School of Medicine, you'll receive a high-quality education strengthened by hands-on clinical experiences and our faculty's research. What makes us exceptional:

Your medical school

Learn more about the opportunities and resources available to you in the Sanford School of Medicine.

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115 Years and Counting

As a rural state, South Dakota has unique health care needs. The USD Sanford School of Medicine is committed to addressing those needs by providing quality care and establishing strong partnerships across the state including in underserved communities. Our faculty, staff and students are actively expanding access to care, gaining specialized training and growing South Dakota’s health care workforce.

Learn more about our school, its history, mission and vision

Focus on kindness

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An unwavering commitment to kindness is both an ordinary and bold declaration. Our medical school is unique in making kindness an overarching expectation of how patients, students and colleagues are to be treated. A culture of kindness places our medical school on the threshold of making an enduring impact on medical education.

Jerome W. Freeman

M.D., F.A.C.P., Professor and Chair, Department of Neurosciences

State-Of-The-Art Simulation

The Parry Center for Skills & Simulation at the Sanford School of Medicine Sioux Falls campus, provides students with innovative, simulation-based education, research and performance assessment. The environment allows collaboration among students and safely simulates real-patient experiences.

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Focus on Rural Medicine

We have long been recognized for excellence in rural medical education. Our Frontier And Rural Medicine (FARM) program is a unique opportunity for select Pillar 2 students to receive nine months of clinical training in rural communities with the goal to increase the number of primary care physicians who practice in rural South Dakota areas.

FARM Program
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Research Opportunities Abound

The Medical School promotes and supports the engagement of USD medical students in a wide variety of research and scholarly activities with the recognition that research plays an important role in the field of medicine.

Opportunities for Incoming and Current Medical Students


Our leadership team provides guidance for more than 300 academic faculty and more than 1,500 clinical faculty across the state. Learn more about Sanford School of Medicine leadership by viewing our organizational chart.
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Tim Ridgway

Vice President of Health Affairs and Dean of the Sanford School of Medicine
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Benjamin Aaker

Interim Associate Dean, Medical Education
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Nedd Brown

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Jason Kemnitz

Associate Dean, Academic Development and Faculty Affairs
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DenYelle Baete Kenyon

Associate Dean-SSOM Div & Inc
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Lori Hansen

Interim Senior Academic Dean
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Pasquale Manzerra

Asst Dean-Med Student Affairs


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William Mayhan

Dean-Basic Biomedical Science


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Suzy Reuter

Interim Assoc Dean-Med Student Affairs
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Alan Sazama

Assistant Dean, Pillar II Director
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Jacob Weasel

Asst Dean-SSOM Diversity & In
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Jason Wickersham

Interim Associate Dean, Rural Medicine
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Faculty Affairs

At the Sanford School of Medicine, our faculty members are not only educators, but mentors and innovators as well. To create the most comprehensive and well-rounded learning environment, we offer helpful resources for all faculty members.

Faculty Resources
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The Sanford School of Medicine reaches more than 3,900 alumni across the country with opportunities to connect through student initiatives, The South Dakotan M.D. magazine, events and programs. As alumni, they are members of an amazing network of health care professionals who continue to learn from one another. Join our students, residents and faculty in participating in activities that build and maintain relationships for a lifetime.

Alumni Relations Office
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The South Dakotan M.D. News & Stories 

The South Dakotan M.D. is published twice per year for alumni and friends of the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. Read news and stories about USD Sanford School of Medicine on The South Dakotan M.D.'s online experience.

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Sanford School of Medicine
Health Science Center
1400 W. 22nd St.
Sioux Falls, SD 57105

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