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:

Departments & Divisions


Our programs are dedicated to training the next generation of medical doctors and researchers and allow you to customize your experience to find the right path for you.

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

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Passionate About Student Well-being

The Sanford School of Medicine's student wellness program was created to foster a healthy work-life balance. Medical school can be intense, but we aim to work with our students to help you thrive and grow through the program. The program's motto is "Well students. Well doctors. Well patients."

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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 Student Research Program (MSRP) 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. Our newly accepted medical students have the opportunity to spend a summer as part of a research project. A group of faculty research mentors provides a range of projects in which students can participate through the Medical Student Summer Research Program.


Medical Student Summer Research Program
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Faculty Resources

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. 


Academic Development and Faculty Affairs

Centers & Outreach

See how opportunities with our centers and outreach organizations can further enrich your medical school training.


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

Vice President of Health Affairs and Dean of the Sanford School of Medicine
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Susan Anderson

Dean of Rural Medicine
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Mark Beard

Dean, Medical Student Educatio
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Nedd Brown

Dean, GME
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Jennifer Hsu

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Jason Kemnitz

AssocDean, AcaDev & FacAff
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Denyelle Kenyon

Associate Dean, SSOM Div & Inc
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Pasquale Manzerra PhD

Asst Dean, Med Student Affairs
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William Mayhan

Dean, Basic Biomedical Science
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Suzanne Reuter

Asst Dean, Med Student Affairs
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Jacob Weasel

Asst Dean, SSOM Diversity & In

Departments & Facilities

Explore the offices, facilities and centers that will be integrated into your education at the Sanford School of Medicine.
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Parry Center

The Parry Center for Clinical Skills & Simulation is a state-of-the-art learning environment that allows collaboration among students and safely simulates real-patient experiences.

Upcoming Events

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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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Contact Us

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