Admissions RequirementsTo pursue an M.D./Ph.D. degree at the USD Sanford School of Medicine, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
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USD is home to South Dakota's only medical school, and the only M.D. in the State.
Physician scientist students are eligible for a fellowship stipend and reduced tuition to make your education even more affordable.
Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
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.
Passing Step 1 of the USMLE at the end of Pillar 1 is required for officially entering “The PhD Years."
This three or four-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.
Departments & Facilities
The Center for Brain and Behavior Research (CBBRe) promotes outstanding training of research students and fellows, feeding the pipeline of creative independent scientists in the fields of neuroscience and behavioral science.
The University of South Dakota’s human anatomy lab offers a cadaver-based experience to undergraduate, graduate, medical and health sciences students. Our lab enables future health care professionals to assist their patients through the mastery of human anatomy.
Faculty & Staff
Get to know the faculty and staff in the Sanford School of Medicine.