USD Sanford School of Medicine welcomes new students

Most are from South Dakota, 27 are from smaller cities, one's from Europe and two are twins.

By: Sanford Health News .

USD Sanford School of Medicine 2018 white coat ceremony
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Besides greeting their regular physician, some Sanford Health patients also help the next generation of medical doctors by allowing those students into routine visits and procedures. USD Sanford School of Medicine in Sioux Falls this year welcomed 71 first-year students in the class of 2022 to the state’s only medical school.

Over the next three years, wearing a white coat with a red USD patch on the arm, they will accompany Sanford Health providers and learn the ins and outs of all levels of patient care as part of the organization’s commitment to being a teaching institution.

Here are some stats about the students:

  • Of the 71, 27 are women and 44 are men
  • 57 are from South Dakota (admissions places a priority on in-state students or those with family connections)
  • 14 are from eight other states, including Iowa and Minnesota, which have four students each
  • 27 are from cities with fewer than 10,000 people
  • 42 grew up in cities with fewer than a population of 30,000
  • Two are twins
  • One is from Bulgaria

“USD Sanford School of Medicine is deeply grateful to Sanford Health for the leadership and championship of medical education in the state of South Dakota,” said Mary Nettleman, M.D., dean of the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. “They have made a lasting impact, training future physicians and inspiring them to strive for excellence.”

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