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USD Sanford School of Medicine Recognized for Rural Medicine Curriculum

US News & World Report Ranks USD No. 6 Nationally For Rural Medicine Education

VERMILLION, S.D. – According to rankings compiled and published by U.S. News & World Report, the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine is ranked No. 6 among all the nation’s medical colleges and universities for rural medicine education.

This is the sixth consecutive year that the USD Sanford School of Medicine has been recognized by the magazine’s “Best Graduate Schools” for its rural medicine program.

“We are pleased to be recognized again as a top school for rural medicine,” said Mary Nettleman, M.D., M.S., M.A.C.P., dean of the USD Sanford School of Medicine, and vice president for health affairs at USD. ”In fact,” added Dr. Nettleman, “the data show that we lead the country in the proportion of our graduates who practice in rural areas.”

The USD 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 South Dakota.

Criteria for the rankings include med school deans and faculty, who were polled by the publication in selecting the top programs in the nation. The rankings are part of the U.S. News Media Group 2016 Best Graduate Schools rankings available online at Highlights of the rankings will be published in the “Best Graduate Schools 2016” edition, on sale at


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