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USD Medical School ranked 10th nationally in rural medicine

VERMILLION, S.D. – The Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota made the top 10 list in rural medicine in the latest national rankings by U.S. News and World Report.


The magazine's "America's Best Graduate School's 2011" guide ranks USD's medical school 10th, tied with West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and West Virginia University. The University of Washington was the top-ranked medical school for rural medicine.


"We are honored that this ranking recognizes the quality of our education and our commitment to serving rural South Dakota," said Dr. Rodney R. Parry, M.D., vice president for health affairs and dean of the medical school. "This is particularly gratifying because these rankings are based solely on ratings by our colleagues - medical school deans and senior faculty."


The medical school's mission places an emphasis on family medicine and encourages graduates to serve people in rural areas and other underserved places in the state.


About the Sanford School of Medicine

For more than a century, the Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota has set the standard for medical education of students, residents and professionals in the state. The school's mission includes education, research and service. It emphasizes family practice to help create the next generation of doctor's for all parts of the state. The school's economic impact includes attracting $17 million annually in research funding as well as hosting two of the four 2010 Research Centers designated by the governor.


About The University of South Dakota

Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, the state's only School of Law, School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. It has an enrollment of more than 9,600 students taught by 400 faculty members. More information is available at

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