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Sanford School of Medicine ranks in national top 10 for Rural Medicine

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota is again one of the top 10 medical schools in the country for its rural medicine program, according to the U.S. News and World Report.

The magazine’s “America’s Best Graduate School’s 2013” guide ranks USD’s medical school No. 7, up one slot from last year, and ahead of the University of Iowa, Michigan State University and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Topping this year’s list for rural medicine was the University of Washington.

Medical school deans and senior faculty were polled by the publication in selecting the best programs in the U.S. The medical school’s mission places an emphasis on family medicine and encourages graduates to serve people in rural areas and other underserved places in the state.

“We are pleased with this recognition,” said Dr. Rodney Parry, USD’s vice president of health affairs and dean of the Sanford School of Medicine. “With the expected class size expansion and the addition of the rural track to our program’s offerings, we intend to make even greater strides in rural medicine in the coming years.”

The med school rankings are part of the U.S. News Media Group 2013 Best Graduate Schools rankings available online at Highlights of the rankings will be published in the “Best Graduate Schools 2013” edition book, on sale April 3.


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 202 undergraduate and 78 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 nearly 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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Hanna DeLange
USD News