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Kellan Klubber (left) and Joe Napierala (right)

Residency Choices Influenced by FARM Experience

The influence and successes of the medical school’s FARM (Frontier And Rural Medicine) program is revealed by the career choices of our graduates. FARM offers a nine-month clinical training in a rural setting in South Dakota to selected Pillar 2 students. The program introduces students to the rewards and demands of rural medicine. Since its inception in 2014, the program has seen 34 students successfully match into residencies following graduation. Twenty-three of those students matched into some aspect of primary care, including family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics and obstetrics. Fifteen students in that group chose family medicine. The program is helping the medical school achieve its mission to educate and prepare medical students for primary care service, with an emphasis on rural practice.

A 2020 analysis by U.S. News & World Report revealed that of 160 medical schools in the United States, USD’s medical school rated sixth best at producing physicians who practice in rural locations. This impressive statistic can be traced, in large measure, to the school’s FARM program.

Two recent medical school graduates, Drs. Kellan Klubben and Joe Napierala, are pursuing residency training due to their experiences in the FARM program. They both earned the residency matches of their choice. 

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