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University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine

Medical School Admissions

Admissions Policies and Procedures

Details on the policies, preferences, criteria, factors, and procedures used in the admission process. Data appear as originally submitted by this school.

Accepted applicants are residents of SD or have very strong ties to SD. SD residents and non-residents who attend college in SD for 90 credit hours with minimum scores of 3.10 GPA and 23 MCAT are considered for interviews. Selection factors are academics, interest in primary care and practice in SD, interpersonal skills, service to others, and a demonstrated initial understanding of the career.

Admissions Information

Director of admissions  Paul C. Bunger, Ph.D.
Application fee  $35
AMCAS application accepted  Yes
AACOMAS application accepted  No
Applications accepted  June 1 (Begins)
November 15 (Ends)
Secondary application required  Yes
Personal interview required  Yes
Regular application acceptance notification  November 17 (Begins)
March 16 (Ends)
Students must respond to offer of admission within (weeks)  2
Deferred entrance available  Yes
Deposit to hold place in class due  at the time of offer
Early decision plan offered  No
Early decision application period  N/A
Early decision plan notification date  N/A
Starting month (class of 2015-2016)  July

MCAT Scores, GPA, and Course Work Requirements

Median undergraduate GPA  3.83
Oldest MCAT considered  2012
Median MCAT Scores  29 MCAT total score
10 verbal reasoning
10 physical sciences
10 biological sciences
P writing
Required undergraduate course work
organic chemistry
inorganic (general) chemistry

Combined Degree Programs

Combined degree programs offered  M.D./Ph.D.
Combined college/M.D. program offered  No
Number of years to complete combined college/M.D. program  N/A
Combined college/M.D. program URL  N/A

Medical School Academics

Program Offerings

drugs/alcohol abuse pediatrics
family medicine rural medicine
geriatrics women's health
internal medicine

Student/Patient Interaction

How often do first-year students come into contact with patients through the school curriculum?  Frequently
Are there opportunities for first- or second-year students to work in community health clinics?  Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during the course that teaches basic clinical skills (e.g., history taking/physical diagnosis)?  Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during an introductory course aimed at introducing students to medical practice?  Yes

Stress Relief Services Offered

professional counseling


Full-time faculty-student ratio  1.7:1
Full-time faculty  387
Part-time faculty  1,009
Full-time faculty in basic sciences  41
Part-time faculty in basic sciences  1
Full-time faculty in clinical program  346
Part-time faculty in clinical program  1,008

2013 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grants

NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $6.7
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals  N/A
Principal investigators (PIs)  N/A
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants  N/A

Teaching Hospitals

Primary teaching hospitals affiliated with this medical school where clinical teaching or training is carried out.

Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center Sanford University of South Dakota Medical Center
Avera Sacred Heart Hospital VA Black Hills Health Care System
Rapid City Regional Hospital VA Medical Center

Curricula Descriptions

Four-year program curriculum

First 18 months are system based basic sciences with an emphasis on cases and group learning. During the next 12 months students take surgery, family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, ob/gyn, and psychiatry taught in a longitudinal integrated clerkship. The final 16 months have required and elective rotations along with research, international experiences, or service opportunities.

United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE)

Step 1: Number of students examined  53
Step 1: Percent passing  98%
Step 1: Average score  225
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Number of students examined  51
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Percent passing  98%
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Average score  237

Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA)

Level 1: Number examined  N/A
Level 1: Mean 3-digit score  N/A
Level 1: Mean 2-digit score  N/A
Level 2-CE: Number examined  N/A
Level 2-CE: Mean 3-digit score  N/A
Level 2-CE: Mean 2-digit score  N/A
Level 3: Number examined  N/A
Level 3: Mean 3-digit score  N/A
Level 3: Mean 2-digit score  N/A

Medical School Ranking

Research Ranking Scores

Score  N/A
Peer assessment score (out of 5)  2.3
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5)  2.7
NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $6.7
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands) $17.29

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score  43
Peer assessment score (out of 5)  2.9
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5)  2.9
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2011-2013 average)  38.0%

Ranking Admission Statistics

Median undergraduate GPA  3.83
MCAT total score  29
Acceptance rate  16.3%
Full-time faculty-student ratio  1.7:1
Total medical school enrollment  228

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director  Carol Hemmingson
Financial aid phone  (605) 677-5112



Full-time: $24,580 (in-state)
Full-time: $57,527 (out-of-state)

Required fees  $5,200
Room and board  $16,833
Average indebtedness of 2012 graduates who incurred medical school debt  $136,720

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid  98%
Students receiving loans  83%
Students receiving grants/scholarships  90%
Students receiving work study  0%



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