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USD Sanford School of Medicine Recognized for Family Medicine Contributions

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VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine has been rated 15th out of 134 MD degree - granting institutions in the nation for placing its graduates into family medicine residencies.

The information comes from an American Academy of Family Physicians analysis that examines the number of medical school graduates placed into residencies during three years ending in 2015. This is the most recent period of review.

Residencies differ from medical school by providing greater in-depth training within a specific branch of medicine. Entering a family medicine residency is a reliable marker that an MD grad will become a family medicine physician.

Slightly more than 15 percent of USD’s medical school graduates entered Family Medicine residencies during the researched timeframe. This compares to a national average of 8.7 percent. As the U.S. struggles with a shortage of primary care physicians –it is expected we will face a shortage of 33,000 primary care physicians by 2035- this significant contribution by USD Sanford School of Medicine is critical to the health of all Americans. Family medicine physicians are an important part of the country’s primary care physician workforce.

The USD Sanford School of Medicine prepares its medical students to practice in all fields of medicine, and is particularly recognized for its reputation in family medicine and rural medicine. The school of medicine’s mission statement includes an emphasis on family medicine. The analysis prepared by the Family Physicians’ academy reveals that South Dakota’s only medical school is accomplishing that objective.


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.