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USD Sanford School of Medicine ranked among nations best for rural medicine

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine is one of the nation’s top 10 leaders in rural medicine, according to rankings published by U.S. News & World Report.

The magazine’s “Best Graduate Schools 2014” guide places USD’s medical school in the No. 9 slot. Topping this year’s list for rural medicine was the University of Washington. This is the fourth time in as many years the Sanford School of Medicine has appeared in the list.

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

“While the medical education we provide prepares students to practice medicine anywhere, rural medicine lies at the core of who we are as an institution,” explained Mary Nettleman, M.D., M.S., M.A.C.P., dean of the Sanford School of Medicine and vice president for health affairs at USD. “With the recent addition of our Frontier and Rural Medicine (FARM) program, we expect to make even greater strides in rural medicine in the coming years.”

The rankings are part of the U.S. News Media Group 2014 Best Graduate Schools rankings available online at Highlights of the rankings will be published in the “Best Graduate Schools 2014” edition book, on sale April 9.


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