Officials hope a plan to boost the state medical school budget more than $1 million will attract more doctors in rural South Dakota.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard proposed the additional money this month, and the Legislature is slated to look at the request in January.
University of South Dakota Medical School Dean Rodney Parry says tells the Argus Leader that the plan is an important step in providing doctors in rural areas.
Prospective doctors in South Dakota now earn a four-year bachelor's degree, then study four years in medical school.
The change Parry foresees would devote the entire third year of medical school to training in a rural area. The student would not have to commit to returning there after graduating, but Parry hopes that might be the result.