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Medical Students Learn Post-Graduate Destinations at the 2021 Match Day

USD Sanford School of Medicine Match Day 2021 University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine Pillar 3 students received their post-graduate assignments on Match Day, held on March 19.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Pillar 3 students set to graduate from the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine received their post-graduate assignments on Match Day, held March 19.

The 64 new doctors, following graduation in May, will perform the next stage of their training at clinics, hospitals and health care facilities across the nation.

Destinations for USD medical student residencies include 26 states. South Dakota takes the lead with 14 USD medical school graduates from the class of 2021. Kansas and Iowa will host four graduates each.

The most popular residency is internal medicine, with 12 graduates pursuing training in this field. Seven graduates will receive training in OB-GYN, six in psychiatry and five will perform residencies in family medicine. In all, 18 different areas of medicine comprise the list of residencies matched by USD medical school graduates.

Nationally, some 42,508 soon-to-be-physicians from all U.S. medical schools and some non-U.S. medical schools were vying for 38,106 residency positions in the U.S.


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