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Family Medicine
Sanford School of Medicine
1400 W. 22nd St.
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Welcome to the Department of Family Medicine 

The Department of Family Medicine is very complex and involves many aspects of the medical school curriculum, service and scholarship and we appreciate all the support we receive from the university, the medical school administration, staff and other departments.  Our academic and clinical faculty are dedicated to teaching and to our specialty.  The South Dakota Area Health Education Center (SD AHEC) Program Office and the Center for Rural Health Improvement (CRHI) are housed within the department.  The SD AHEC continues its commitment to connecting students to careers, professionals to communities, and communities to better health.  The CRHI goals include program development through grant writing/management, evaluation, technical assistance, and research with an emphasis on social determinants of health.

We offer students learning opportunities in Pillar 2 and Pillar 3 through preceptorships/miniblocks, longitudinal integrated clerkships or Frontier And Rural Medicine (FARM), cultural immersion, rural medicine, emergency medicine and electives including, but not limited to, health care for the underserved and sports medicine.

Educational Goals

  1. To introduce medical students to the discipline and specialty of family medicine and to family physicians.
  2. To provide quality, affiliated family medicine residency programs, which prepare graduates for practice in both rural and urban settings.
  3. To provide excellent teachers, mentors, role models and advisors for our students and residents.
  4. To promote family medicine as a career choice for students and provide support and appropriate counseling in this regard.
  5. To demonstrate the importance of continuing, comprehensive and coordinated patient care.
  6. To emphasize the biopsychosocial model of health care.
  7. To provide students with personal experience in the practice of rural medicine.
  8. To teach key concepts in preventive medicine, emergency medicine, geriatrics, nutrition, professionalism and ethics.

Courses, Clerkships and Electives

Pillar 1

  • Clinical Foundations of Medicine

Pillar 2

  • Family Medicine Preceptorship/Miniblock
  • Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC)
  • Frontier And Rural Medicine (FARM)
  • Cultural Immersion
  • OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination)

Pillar 3

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Rural Family Medicine
  • Family Medicine Sub-Internship (Sub-I)
  • Electives
    • Healthcare for Underserved
    • Sports Medicine
    • Research in Family Medicine I and II
    • Focus on Family Medicine
    • Telemedicine
    • Native American Healthcare
    • Chronic Pain and Drug Dependent 
    • Health Policy and Physician Leadership
    • One Health

Department Highlights


Over 419 academic and clinical faculty across the state teach our students.
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Carolyn Gilbertson

Clinical Assistant Professor
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Benjamin Aaker

Interim Associate Dean, Medical Education
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Susan Bak

Education Coordinator-YK
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Carrie Carlson

Clinical Associate Professor
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Janet Fulk

Assistant Director, FARM
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Janet Lindemann

Professor Emeritus
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Mark List

Clinical Associate Professor
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Roy Mortinsen

Associate Professor
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Kayla Norenberg

Clinical Assistant Professor
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George Rath

Associate Professor
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Rachel Sunne

Clinical Assistant Professor
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Julie Swenson

Standardized Patient Coordinator
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Jenny Tinguely

Clinical Associate Professor
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Arleigh Trainor

Assistant Professor
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Angela Tuffs

Department Assistant
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Craig Uthe

Clinical Professor
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Bruce Vogt

PA Medical Director / Professor Emeritus
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Brian Wallenburg

Simulation Specialist
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Erin Srstka

Director, CRHI
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Brock Rops

Assist Dir, AHEC Clinical & Ed
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Sara Telahun Birhe

Community Engagement Coord
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Jennifer Wilka

Department Manager
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Benjamin Gertner

Senior Secretary
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Lacy Jo Koth

FARM Program Assistant I

Student Success story

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The Family Medicine faculty at USD were eager to teach and nurture my growth as a clinician. I always felt comfortable asking questions and being challenged as a medical student. I am glad I had USD Family Medicine in my corner throughout medical school.

Carl Lang

’22 MD
Family Medicine Resident

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