VERMILLION, S.D. – The longest running residency program at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine –Pathology– is celebrating its 60th anniversary.
To honor the program, its graduates, supporters, current residents and faculty a special celebratory event will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Imagenetics building on the Sanford Health campus, 1321 W. 22nd Street in Sioux Falls. Recognitions and presentation of awards will begin at 6:30 p.m. Award recipients include officials representing Sanford Health, which has provided primary financial, educational and clinical support for the pathology residency since its inception, and the Veterans Administration hospital in Sioux Falls which provides important teaching experiences.
Residences offer newly graduated physicians the opportunity to focus on training in a specific field of medicine, such as pathology, family medicine, surgery or psychiatry and others. Sponsoring and supporting residencies is a critical aspect of providing skilled physicians to South Dakota.
With the support of all health systems in Sioux Falls, the USD Sanford School of Medicine offers programs to about 140 different medical residents in eight different fields. In its six-decade existence pathology’s residency has contributed 56 residency graduates, 12 of whom are now practicing medicine in South Dakota, and 10 of those physicians are graduates of USD’s Sanford School of Medicine. There are currently seven residents in the pathology residency program. Four of the residents are South Dakota natives, and three are graduates of the USD Sanford School of Medicine.
In addition to overseeing its residency programs, including pathology, the USD Sanford School of Medicine is training 268 medical students in its general medical education program.