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State of South Dakota Recognizes USD Medical School

University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. The USD Sanford School of Medicine received the Governor's 2019 Outstanding Employer Award by the State of South Dakota.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine has been awarded the Governor’s 2019 Outstanding Employer Award by the State of South Dakota. This annual award recognizes exceptional hiring and employment practices by businesses and institutions in South Dakota regarding people with disabilities.

The medical school was recognized in the government/education/non-profit category. In the nomination and award, the medical school was commended for providing flexible work and leave schedules, opportunities for office furniture and equipment modifications, handicapped accessible facilities and professional development activities.

It was also noted that within the medical school is the Center for Disabilities, a statewide organization providing training, clinical services, research and advocacy for people with disabilities and their families. The award will be presented by South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem at an event held in the Capitol Rotunda in Pierre on Nov. 4, 2019 at 10 a.m. A reception will follow.


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