University of South Dakota School of Medicine


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

Unique Programs

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 Sciences.


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 graduate. 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.

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