Kindness Initiative

USD Sanford School of Medicine integrates "kindness" into education, culture and strategy, recognizing it as a crucial element in healing and happiness.


The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine is taking a groundbreaking step by integrating "kindness" into its programs and culture, recognizing its vital role in healthcare's healing and happiness. The initiative aims to embed kindness throughout the curriculum, emphasizing its importance for future healthcare professionals. The process involves qualitative research, student input and careful planning to ensure effective integration.

Addressing the shortage of compassion in medical care, the Sanford School of Medicine's kindness initiative seeks to restore the compassionate outlook that many medical students start with but often lose during their careers. This effort not only benefits patients but also enhances the well-being of physicians. By prioritizing kindness, the medical school envisions healthier physicians and improved patient outcomes.



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