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USD Sanford Medical School Cardiovascular Fellowship Program Gains Accreditation

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine Cardiovascular Fellowship Program has received continuous accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), a landmark development for the only cardiology fellowship program in the Dakotas.

The three-year fellowship program was established in 2012, with two fellows entering the program each year, for a total of six in the program. Fellows are admitted following graduation from medical school and an internal medicine residency. Admission is highly competitive, with more than 300 applicants applying each year.

The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine cardiovascular fellows receive their education in the state-of-the art Sanford Heart Hospital, located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  The program graduated its first two fellows in 2015.


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 84 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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News