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Office of Medical Education
Office of Medical Education
Health Science Center
1400 W. 22nd St.
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


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To help prepare physicians for careers in the 21st century, we provide faculty support with curriculum design, instructional assistance, teaching skills, learner assessment and program evaluations. We support the functions and actions of the Medical Education Committee and ensure our educational program meets standards set by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).

Three Pillars

Our students follow a three pillar schedule that includes foundational courses, longitudinal integrated clerkship and physician scholar segments.

  • Pillar 1: Foundational biomedical sciences are integrated into two foundations courses and eight organ system blocks with limited lectures, early clinical exposure, case-based small groups and simulation.
  • Pillar 2: Clinical clerkships in core disciplines are integrated into a longitudinal outpatient experience including short hospital-based blocks and a rural family medicine block. Frontier and Rural Medicine (FARM) Program students accomplish Pillar 2 in rural communities across the state.
  • Pillar 3: The final 17 months include surgery sub-specialties, sub-internships, emergency medicine and rural family medicine. Students also have generous opportunities for electives, research, out-of-state and global experiences.

Learning Objectives

We're focused on building student competency in patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism and systems-based practice.

Scholarship Pathways

Our Scholarship Pathways program provides an elective opportunity to enrich the medical school experience. Students choose one of three paths based on their interests in academic medicine, clinical or basic science research or community service and leadership development.

Program Elements

Students develop a project proposal with the help of a mentor and submit a formal application to the Scholarship Pathways Program in Pillar 1. The program coordinators select up to 15 students per year to participate based on the merit of the project proposals. Acceptance into the program is a competitive process.

During the program, students complete their project by developing a poster and writing an abstract and manuscript suitable for publication. Students are encouraged to present their findings at a regional, national or international conference. Program participants work in conjunction with their mentor and program coordinators to successfully complete their project. For more information regarding the Scholarship Pathways Program, please email

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