Exterior of Lee Medical Building during the day.

Campus Locations

As South Dakota’s only medical school, the Sanford School of Medicine educates students across the entire state. From our main campus locations to our FARM program sites, medical students practice in every corner of the state.

A student in the med lab looking into a microscope.


Nestled on the University of South Dakota campus, Vermillion is home to the Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences and the location of our students for the first two years of medical school.

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Exterior of the Sanford School of Medicine Building in Sioux Falls.

Sioux Falls

Home to the Wegner Health Science Information Center, the state’s premier medical library, the Sioux Falls campus houses medical school administration and clinical departments.

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Dean Ridgway and company smiling into the camera.


Next to Yankton Medical Clinic and Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, the Yankton Campus is the birthplace of our innovative Yankton Ambulatory Program.

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Rapid City faculty posing in front of mountains and hills.

Rapid City

Located near the beautiful Black Hills, the Monument Health Rapid City campus has been providing training for third and fourth year medical students since 1948.

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A FARM Program member in the field.

Frontier And Rural Medicine Sites

Our Frontier And Rural Medicine (FARM) Program allows students to experience rural medicine while living and learning in rural communities throughout South Dakota. The communities for the FARM program are long-term teaching sites which include Milbank, Mobridge, Parkston, Pierre, Spearfish, Vermillion and Winner.

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SSOM Success story

Success story Kjerstin Hensley smiling.
I can tell you with 100% confidence that the USD SSOM students are among the top trained students entering residency. Standing side-by-side with students from Ivy League and other “big name” institutions, I was consistently told that us “South Dakota kids” were out-performing and out-working our colleagues. We have great advantages over other programs, including small class sizes, early hands-on learning opportunities, and faculty that genuinely care.

Kjerstin Hensley

MS4, Class of 2023
Brandon, SD