Welcome to the Department of Pediatrics
The Department of Pediatrics at the Sanford School of Medicine is a leader in educating students and residents in the discipline of pediatrics. We are recognized for providing extraordinary, compassionate care to pediatric patients and their caregivers, renowned for the creation and dissemination of new knowledge in the field of pediatrics and valued advocates for children.
Meet the Department
New pediatrics chair Dr. Michelle Baack has enjoyed a self-described “circuitous” career. She began college as a journalism major, graduated with a degree in pharmacy and on a whim decided to study for and take the MCAT. “I was a little surprised I was accepted into USD’s school of medicine,” she admitted. “I thought I’d give it a year to see how medical school felt.”
El Paso Children’s Hospital (EPCH), as part of National Doctor’s Day, announced SSOM alumnus Jarrett Kent Howe ’06 M.D. as its 2022 Physician of the Year.
On May 6, the Sanford School of Medicine celebrated its 64 newest physicians at the graduation convocation ceremony held at the Sanford Pentagon. Family, friends and colleagues helped the group recognize the graduates’ dedication and hard work.
A group of 11 medical students are learning about and practicing rural medicine during a nine-month track at clinics and hospitals in seven small communities across South Dakota as part of the University of South Dakota’s Sanford School of Medicine’s award-winning rural preparation program, Frontier And Rural Medicine (FARM).
Explore the variety of opportunities and resources available to students, faculty and staff.
The mission of the USD SSOM pediatric residency is to train empathetic pediatricians committed to providing quality care and advocating for the well-being of children in their communities. The program trains six residents per year are trained at Sanford Children's Hospital and additional dedicated pediatric clinics.
Chatterjee-Gogoi Family Scholarship
First preference is given to third- or fourth-year students with an expressed interest in pursuing a career in pediatrics. The scholarship is renewable if students remain in good academic standing.
Jeane Goodhope Hanson Larsen Scholarship
One scholarship is awarded to a third-year student annually. This scholarship is renewable if the recipient remains in good academic standing. One scholarship is awarded as a renewal to a fourth-year student annually. Preference is given to recipients with one or more children who have expressed an interest for pursuing a career in pediatrics.
Dr. Kathleen Stevens Scholarship
Recipients must be third- or fourth-year students in the Sanford School of Medicine with demonstrated financial need. The recipient is eligible to retain the scholarship if they remain in good academic standing. First preference is given to a student with an expressed interest in pediatrics.
Janet Atkinson Weston, M.D. Scholarship
First preference is given to a third- or fourth-year female student with an expressed interest in pursuing a career in pediatrics. The scholarship is renewable if the recipient maintains academic progress.