The School of Medicine was established as a 2-year
basic sciences institution in 1907. In the 1970s it converted to an MD degree-granting program, graduating
its first class of MDs in 1977. The mission of the school
is to provide the opportunity for South Dakota residents
to receive a broad-based medical education with an
emphasis on family practice.
advanced basic medical sciences including Microbiology and Pharmacology, as well as Laboratory
Medicine, Introduction to Clinical Medicine, and
Advanced Behavioral Sciences. At the end of year two,
students have a one-month preceptorship in a primary
care clinic. Third year: 48 weeks of required clerkships,
plus 3 weeks of Clinical Colloquium. Fourth year:
Required courses are Rural Family Medicine,
Emergency Medicine, and Surgical Specialties. There
are 23 weeks remaining for electives.
4-year semitraditional.The program blends a traditional
curriculum with problem-based learning, case-based
learning, clinical correlations in the basic sciences, and
a significant ambulatory component during the third
year. First year: The basic medical sciences and
Diversity: The Medical School has several programs
for identifying and assisting NativeAmericans who are
interested in a medical career. Other advanced degree
programs:There is a PhD program in Basic Biomedical
The school requires the basic premedical sciences plus
one year of mathematics, courses in English composition, genetics, statistics, and behavioral sciences.
Microbiology/Immunology and biochemistry are also
recommended. Taking the MCAT is required and must
be within 3 years of the application year. Although a
baccalaureate degree is desirable, students with 64
semester credits may matriculate if accepted.
Interviews are granted to South Dakota residents and
to selected nonresidents with strong ties to the state
such as graduating from a South Dakota high school.
Transfer and advanced standing: Candidates for
advanced standing/transfer are considered only from
students in good standing at an LCME-accredited medical school, only when potential openings are available
in the class and only if transfer is requested into either
Year Two or Three.
Grading system is A to F with D or F being unsatisfactory and resulting in review by the Student Progress and
Conduct Committee. Students must pass USMLE Rep
1, UMLE Step 2, CK, and a school-administered OSCE
to graduate and must also take USMLE Step 2-CS to
Teaching: Preclinical instruction is based in the Lee
Medical Building in Vermillion. In 2004 a 2-phase
building project was begun to replace the old building.
Clinical teaching takes place at 3 clinical campuses
based in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, andYankton. Library:
The Christian P. Lommen Health Science Library is
located in Vermillion and the Karl and Mary Jo Wegner
Health Sciences Information Center is located in Sioux
Falls. Housing: On-campus housing resources are
available on the Vermillion campus.