The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine is incorporating “kindness” into its programs, culture and strategy, identifying and elevating kindness as a fundamental component of healing and happiness. This is unprecedented. No other medical school in the country is undertaking such an approach to medical education.
In the opening passages of his 2014 book, “Bringing Kindness to Medicine,” Dr. Jerome Freeman, a Sioux Falls neurologist and chair of the medical school’s Department of Neurosciences, described a shortcoming in the delivery of health care: “There is not enough kindness in medicine,” he wrote. “There is plenty of science and technology,” added Freeman. “Some clinicians, at times, seem to pride themselves on both the superiority of their technical abilities and their calm detachment from those being treated. It can be tempting to dabble in the fray of illness care while remaining remote from its consequences.”
The Sanford School of Medicine Wegner Health Sciences Library serves students, faculty and the public through its comfortable spaces and its accessible digital materials.
During the summer 2019 tornado in Sioux Falls, physicians in the school of medicine's psychiatric residency program responded to an urgent need to provide care for displaced patients at Avera's Behavioral Health Center.
The Sanford School of Medicine celebrated the 70 new students who will begin their careers in medicine during the White Coat Ceremony in July 2019.