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Medical School Admissions

Thank you for your interest in applying to the USD Sanford School of Medicine. You've explored the possibilities for your degree — now it's time to get started on your application. 

Applying to the Sanford School of Medicine

The USD Sanford School of Medicine is dedicated to exceptional student education, providing robust and enriching programs that prepare our students to emerge as highly proficient physicians and health care leaders.

You may apply to the M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. between June 1 and Nov. 1 of the year before you wish to enter your program of study. Applications for the basic biomedical sciences program are accepted until May 1 of the intended year of study. Review eligibility details, the application process and unique programs below, then take the next step by submitting your application through AMCAS.

Apply to the Sanford School of Medicine




Review eligibility criteria and the application process for students interested in pursuing an M.D. degree. For more information, please call 605-658-6300 or email

Physician Scientist (M.D./Ph.D.)

Review eligibility criteria and the application process for students interested in pursuing a Physician Scientist M.D./Ph.D. degree. For more information please call 605-658-6300 or email

Visiting Students

USD welcomes visiting students interested in completing part of their training at our facilities. Review details below.

Basic Biomedical Sciences (M.S., Ph.D.)

Review information about the application process for the basic biomedical sciences program.

Accepted StudentS

Review the timeline for admission decisions and the steps students will take following acceptance.
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Indians into Medicine

The Indians into Medicine (INMED) program assists enrolled members of federally recognized tribes who are planning to enter the healthcare field. We house a satellite office of the program which works to enhance it within the state and surrounding areas.


The INMED satellite office:


  • Supports the academic, cultural and professional development of INMED and non-INMED American Indian medical students
  • Recruits American Indian middle school and high school students from South Dakota and Nebraska to participate in the INMED Summer Institute
  • Supports INMED-related efforts to encourage American Indians to participate in health care careers


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Get a Head Start on Your Journey to Medical School

If you are attending a South Dakota high school and know you want to go into medicine, we encourage you to apply for the Alumni Student Scholars Program. If selected, you'll have opportunities to interact with physicians and other health care professionals, participate in a summer clinical preceptorship and engage in research, among other unique experiences. These scholars also receive conditional acceptance to the Sanford School of Medicine.


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