Skip to main content


USD Medical School Among National Leaders in Producing Rural Physicians

Apr 28, 2021 04:07PM ● By Med Editor

According to U.S. News and World Report’s 2020 analysis of medical schools in the United States, the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine ranked No. 6 among the nation’s 160 medical education programs for the percentage of its graduates who practice in rural areas.

This impressive ranking is the result of innovative and highly successful programs aimed specifically at introducing USD medical students to rural practice.

“Our mission includes educating South Dakotans to serve all parts of our state,” said Dr. Tim Ridgway, dean of the medical school. “This ranking is a reflection of the dedication and commitment our faculty and partners throughout the state have in providing quality rural experiences for our students.”

Founded in 1907, USD’s medical school enrolls approximately 65 to 70 students each year and offers eight different residencies for post-graduate medical training. About 90% of the school’s students are graduates of a South Dakota high school, and the remaining students have a family connection to South Dakota.

The 2021 graduation ceremony for USD’s medical school occurs May 7 and will include 67 new physicians.