To pursue an M.D./Ph.D. degree at the USD Sanford School of Medicine, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. You also must be a South Dakota resident or non-resident with strong ties to the state such as:
- Graduation from a high school in South Dakota
- A parent living in South Dakota
- A child of a Sanford School of Medicine alumni
- A member of a U.S. federally recognized tribe from a bordering state
- Completing at least 90 credits at a college or university in South Dakota
An enrolled member of a U.S. federally recognized tribe may apply to the Sanford School of Medicine through the Indians into Medicine program. To apply, the applicant must file an AMCAS application identifying the Sanford School of Medicine as a school to which they are applying and they must also complete the INMED application to verify their tribal status.
Please view full list of admissions requirements at Medical School Admissions.
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The first three semesters are devoted to the pre-clinical course work of the medical training program.
By the end of the first year, you will become acquainted with the research opportunities at Sanford School of Medicine and will select an area of dissertation research.
At the end of Pillar 1, you will prepare for and pass Step 1 of the USMLE.
This three-year block is devoted to course work and research appropriate to your area of specialization.
Coursework within this block will vary considerably and will be customized for your interests and needs.
You will receive instruction in the responsible conduct of research. This course provides students with practical instruction regarding the rules, regulations and professional best practices that are the foundation of biomedical research.
You will complete all research and prepare and defend the written dissertation document during this period of study.
Pillar 2 involves rotating clinical training in the M.D. program focusing on core sciences.
Pillar 3 consists of three semesters of a combination of clinical clerkship courses and clinical electives.
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