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From the Program Director

Welcome to The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine’s Pediatrics Residency Program! To all medical students, our program wishes you the best on your journey to Match Day. We are excited to share what we have to offer!

Housed within Sanford Children’s Hospital’s Castle of Care, our pediatrics program is the only pediatrics residency program in the Dakotas. Due to our geographically large catchment area and unique patient population, our program has a special interest in educating pediatricians who desire to practice in underserved or rural areas. As example, many of our former graduates, both general pediatricians and subspecialists, have chosen to join the Sanford Health team in caring for underserved areas of South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Oregon.

Our program’s vision is “Personalized education in Pediatrics” and the mission is “Training pediatricians to be successful.” We are privileged to recruit hard-working, compassionate residents and faculty who value education and team-work. The size of our program, six residents per year, creates a family-like atmosphere. We offer the unique blend of a community-style practice model with the opportunities for scholarly pursuits of an academic center - including a robust simulation center and a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to research activities. Our residents complete rotations in rural clinics where they subsequently developed practices, co-author peer-reviewed publications, deliver oral and poster presentations at local, regional, and national medical society meetings, influence quality improvement projects advancing patient care in our own facilities, and advocate in our community and beyond for children’s rights.

I invite you to explore our website and hope we can demonstrate, virtually, the best part of our program: our people.

Jessica White, MD

Residency Program Director