The magazine’s “Best Graduate Schools 2014” guide places USD’s medical school in the No. 9 slot. Topping this year’s list for rural medicine was the University of Washington. This is the fourth time in as many years the Sanford School of Medicine has appeared in the list.

Medical school deans and senior faculty were polled by the publication in selecting the best programs in the U.S. The Sanford School of Medicine’s mission places an emphasis on family medicine and encourages graduates to serve people in rural areas and other underserved places in the state.

“While the medical education we provide prepares students to practice medicine anywhere, rural medicine lies at the core of who we are as an institution,” explained Mary Nettleman, M.D., M.S., M.A.C.P., dean of the Sanford School of Medicine and vice president for health affairs at USD. “With the recent addition of our Frontier and Rural Medicine (FARM) program, we expect to make even greater strides in rural medicine in the coming years.”

The rankings are part of the U.S. News Media Group 2014 Best Graduate Schools rankings available online at Highlights of the rankings will be published in the “Best Graduate Schools 2014” edition book, on sale April 9.

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