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Medical School Admissions

Pursue your dream of becoming a medical expert dedicated to improving the health and well-being of your patients, community and profession at the USD Sanford School of Medicine.

Find Your Home At USD

The USD Sanford School of Medicine is South Dakota’s medical school, dedicated to educating South Dakota students and serving the residents of the state with highly skilled medical professionals.


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The Sanford School of Medicine Difference

At USD, you will experience the benefits of small class sizes, hands-on-experience and a focus on empathy that will better prepare you for a successful career. Here what our students have to say about their experience.

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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.

Known for Excellence

With qualities like small class sizes, specialized programs and incredible student opportunities, the USD Sanford School of Medicine is not your typical medical school. What makes us unique is what makes your education exceptional.

Student Success

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Being a farm kid, I like smaller towns. It’s how I grew up. I have a vested interest in rural health care. With the FARM program, I saw a great opportunity to get involved and I was intrigued by the hands-on experience and well-rounded view of medicine in general all in one location.

Maria Koenen

Sanford School of Medicine Student

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Passionate About Student Well-being

The Sanford School of Medicine's student wellness program was created to foster a healthy work-life balance. Medical school can be intense, but we aim to work with our students to help you thrive and grow through the program. The program's motto is "Well students. Well doctors. Well patients."

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Research Opportunities Abound

The Medical School promotes and supports the engagement of USD medical students in a wide variety of research and scholarly activities with the recognition that research plays an important role in the field of medicine.

Opportunities for Incoming and Current Students

Meet Our Team

We know applying to medical school is a detailed process, especially with all of the options available. We are here to help you every step of the way. Reach out to start a conversation or visit campus.
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Pasquale Manzerra

Asst Dean-Med Student Affairs



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