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USD’s Sanford School of Medicine makes U.S. News and World Report grade for rural medicine

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota ranks as one of the best medical graduate schools when it comes to rural medicine, according to U.S. News and World Report. In the magazine’s annual “America’s Best Graduate Schools 2009” edition, USD ranks No. 6 in the nation with East Carolina University and ahead of the University of North Carolina, Oregon Health and Science University, and West Virginia University. The University of Washington in Seattle, Wash., was the top-ranked graduate school for rural medicine.

"America’s Best Graduate Schools" status is based on several academic quality categories surveyed during the fall 2007 and early 2008. Graduate schools included in this category were assessed by peer institutions. Additionally, they were evaluated on total research activity, student selectivity and mean undergraduate grade point average for incoming students.

The publication’s overview of the USD Sanford School of Medicine as well as the overall rankings for the nation’s top “Medical Specialty Rankings: Rural Medicine” graduate schools can be found at this Web site:

According to U.S. News and World Report editors, these rankings spotlight the country’s academically excellent graduate programs in business, law, medicine, engineering, education, library and information studies, social sciences and humanities, health, public affairs, fine arts and the sciences. Exclusive rankings are featured in the magazine’s 176-page print edition, which is available on newsstands or online at