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Our curriculum is organized into three pillars that span the course of four years.

USD Sanford School of Medicine Three Pillars 

Pillar 1

Foundational biomedical sciences are integrated into two foundations courses and eight organ system blocks with limited lectures, early clinical exposure, case-based small groups and simulation.

Pillar 2

Clinical clerkships in core disciplines are integrated into a longitudinal outpatient experience including short hospital-based blocks and a rural family medicine block. Frontier and Rural Medicine (FARM) Program students accomplish Pillar 2 in rural communities across the state.

Pillar 3

The final 17 months include surgery sub-specialties, sub-internships, emergency medicine and rural family medicine. Students also have generous opportunities for electives, research, out-of-state and global experiences.