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FARM expands

Jun 24, 2015 08:00PM ● By MED Magazine

The highly successful University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine’s FARM (Frontier and Rural Medicine) program has been expanded, adding students and locations.


FARM was launched in summer, 2014, with six third-year medical students working in five rural locations. The Class of 2018 FARM students –starting their work with FARM in February, 2016- will include seven students.


The program’s original host communities included Milbank, Mobridge, Parkston, Platte and Winner. Those communities will continue to host FARM students. New FARM communities hosting FARM students in the future are Vermillion, starting in February 2016, and Pierre and Spearfish, beginning in February 2017. 


Students selected to participate in the FARM program receive nine months of intense, hands-on clinical training in a single, rural location that helps them understand the opportunities and rewards of practicing medicine in a small-town setting.  All FARM students are in their third year of medical training.


“Providing South Dakota with physicians who will practice medicine in in our smaller communities is an important mission of the medical school,” says Dr. Susan Anderson, MD, director of the FARM program. “The FARM program is a useful tool to help us accomplish that.” 


FARM students are supervised by practicing physicians in clinical, hospital and other healthcare environments in host communities.