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From the Program Director

DesiRae MuirheadWelcome to the pathology residency program at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine.

We offer a four-year ACGME-accredited program in anatomic and clinical pathology. The pathology resident training program gives residents a broad, comprehensive pathology background and opportunities to gain experience in all sub-specialties. The concepts of graded and progressive responsibility under the guidance and supervision of faculty members, along with a focus on lifelong learning, are the core tenets of our educational program. We believe that at the completion of training, graduates are prepared for the challenges ahead and can look forward to the fulfillment that comes from pursuing a career that fosters life-long learning.

Sanford Health is the largest rural, non-profit health care system in the nation, which includes 41 medical centers, 291 clinics and more than 28,000 employees. The primary hospital is a 500+ bed non-profit tertiary care center with a cancer center. The pathology department is located in the primary hospital and provides pathology coverage for Sanford Health and the surrounding areas seeing approximately 50,000 specimens per year. These distinctive health care characteristics give our residents a strong foundation in all areas of pathology and provide great opportunities to pursue a career in pathology in a private or academic setting. The size of our program and the absence of fellowship programs allow one-on-one interaction with faculty from the beginning of training to help develop individual skills as a pathologist.

As an active staff member at Sanford Medical Center I practice general anatomic and clinical pathology. Medical students and residents are fully integrated into the clinic with a surgical volume of approximately 50,000. I am in clinic 5 full days weekly with designated time set aside for administrative duties.

We hope that you enjoy exploring our program website, where you will find additional information on our rotations, conference schedule, benefits and living in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

DesiRae Muirhead, M.D.
Pathology Residency Program Director