From the Program Director

Joe ZenelWelcome to the Pediatrics Residency Program at Sanford Children's Hospital!

We are the only pediatrics residency program in the Dakotas and at the end of the 2018-19 academic year we graduated our sixth class of pediatricians. From this class, three residents have entered fellowships (Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics, Nephrology, Sports Medicine) and three are beginning careers as general pediatricians in inpatient and/or outpatient medicine in Iowa and Wyoming. Overall, half of our graduates are attending physicians for Sanford Health, which serves South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota, and are faculty members of either the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine or the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. So far, our resident graduates have an overall 97% pass rate on their American Board of Pediatrics certification examination. We continue our ACGME accreditation this year with a letter of commendation for substantial compliance and no citations (Third year in a row). Several of our current second- and third-year residents have given podium and poster presentations at national pediatrics meetings and have peer-reviewed manuscripts accepted for publication. Both our faculty and residents strongly believe and support our vision and mission statements:

  • Our vision “Personalized education in Pediatrics.”
  • Our mission, “Training pediatricians to be successful.”

The size of our program, six residents per year, allows the faculty to encourage all residents to develop their individual skills as pediatricians. The distinctive health care characteristics of Sanford Health and the Dakota region give our residents opportunities to pursue pediatrics in rural, urban, and global health settings; to engage in clinical and bench research; and to develop administrative and advocacy expertise.

We hope that you enjoy exploring our site, where you will find additional information about our curriculum, our program benefits, and the experience of living in Sioux Falls. If you are interested in the practice of pediatrics, have a strong desire to have a say in our program administration and curriculum, and are game for making a mark in an evolving residency program and living in a great place, don't hesitate to apply!

As a general pediatrician, I look forward to working with you at morning report, during hospital rounds, and at the continuity clinic.

Joseph Zenel, MD
Residency Program Director
June 19, 2019