SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Aspiring physicians in the area have a new place to look when choosing a residency program and it’s much closer to home. Sanford Children’s is now accredited and offering a pediatric residency program.
The new training program is led by Joseph Zenel, Jr., MD, Director of the Sanford Pediatric Residency Program and Professor, Department of Pediatrics for the Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota. He is also Executive Director of Medical Education at Sanford Health. The program will accommodate six residents each year in a three year training curriculum. Sanford Children’s plans to admit its first residency class in the summer of 2011. “Sanford Children’s Hospital will be the center of training for our residents; however, the program will take advantage of the distinctive characteristics of healthcare in South Dakota, including rural pediatrics and the unique aspects of caring for Native American children,” said Dr. Zenel.
The program will take advantage of the opportunities offered at the existing and developing Sanford Children’s World Clinics here in the United States, as well as international clinics. It will also offer students opportunities with Sanford Research and Sanford Children’s Health Research Center. The new pediatric residents will work side by side with medical students from the Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota.
“This is a remarkable pediatric residency for medical school graduates from South Dakota as well as many others because it combines an outstanding pediatric healthcare facility with the expertise of so many committed pediatric specialists, generalists and researchers,” said Rodney R. Parry, MD, Dean of the Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota. “The end result will be highly-trained physicians committed to the well-being of children.”
“The immediate goal of the residency program is to enhance the care of children in the Upper Midwest by training specialists in children’s health who will populate our communities, both large and small,” says H. Eugene Hoyme, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota. “By keeping local doctors in the area, we are taking pediatric care in this region to the next level.”