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Match Day: USD Sanford School of Medicine Students Matched to Residencies

Image Match Day MacKenzie Reynolds, USD Sanford School of Medicine, celebrates with her family on match day 2015 in Sioux Falls, S.D., after learning she was doing her residency at the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Medical students at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine in Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Yankton join those at 144 other schools nationwide Friday to learn where they will spend their residencies.

Likely no other event in higher education rivals “match day,” as it’s called, in the level of anticipation, anxiety, hopefulness and celebration. After four years of learning, training and testing, medical students about to graduate are assigned residencies that help them focus on a medical specialty.

Students apply for residencies, knowing their own interests and ambitions. But acceptance into a program of choice is not certain. And the process of determining who is assigned to each residency is highly competitive because of a limited number of openings. At each match day event, medical students are presented with an envelope that contains information about their residency.

USD medical students -- 34 in Sioux Falls, 15 in Rapid City and 10 in Yankton -- their families and friends will gather at 11 a.m. CDT/10 a.m. MDT on Friday for match day.


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