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USD’s School of Medicine ranks nationally for producing family medicine physicians

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine has earned an Achievement Award from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) for being one of the nation’s top schools in family medicine.

According to the AAFP, 15.2 percent of the school’s graduates have entered an ACGME-accredited family medicine residency program – a statistic that places the Sanford School of Medicine within the top 10 schools in the U.S. for producing family medicine physicians.

“Family medicine has always been a critically important part of our mission,” said Mary Nettleman, dean of the Sanford School of Medicine. “This award serves as an affirmation of our strong tradition of maintaining the highest quality in family health care throughout the state and beyond.”

The Sanford School of medicine was recognized by the AAFP during the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Annual Spring Conference held Friday, April 27, in Seattle, Wash.

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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, Knudson 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