Match Day reveals USD med students residencies

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Fourth-year medical students at the Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota learned where they will complete their residency training. Match Day ceremonies were recently held across the country, including in Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Yankton. Envelopes were handed to each student with their residency acceptance letters inside.

This year’s Sanford School of Medicine graduating class has 52 students. They chose 19 different specialties and will train in 24 different states. Eleven students will train in residencies in South Dakota at least for their first year.

“The competition for positions in residencies is increasingly difficult with a national total of 31,355 active applicants competing for 24,034 residency positions this year,” said Paul Bunger, Ph.D., dean of medical student affairs for the Sanford School of Medicine. “The simultaneous Match Day celebrations in Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Yankton were well attended by faculty, staff and families of the students, and there was great cause for celebration as they opened their envelopes to reveal their training sites.”

For the first two years, medical students are taught on the Vermillion campus. Third- and fourth-year students are trained in Rapid City, Sioux Falls or Yankton.


USD's Sanford School of Medicine is nationally known for excellence. With its award-winning curriculum, the school prepares medical students to practice in all fields of medicine and is particularly recognized and ranked for its reputation in family medicine and rural medicine. In addition to the M.D., it offers graduate degrees in basic biomedical science, sustains a vibrant and forward-looking research agenda, and is home to the interdisciplinary Center for Brain and Behavioral Research.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 198 undergraduate and 79 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hailie Warren
USD News