The Sanford School of Medicine at University of South Dakota Admissions Statistics and Rankings

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 3.10 GPA and 23 MCAT are considered for interviews. Selection factors are academics, interest in primary care, interest in practice in SD, interpersonal skills, service to others, and a demonstrated beginning understanding of the career.

The Sanford School of Medicine at University of South Dakota

Admissions Information

Director of admissions Paul C. Bunger, Ph.D.
Application fee $35
AMCAS application accepted Yes
Applications accepted June 1 (Begins)
November 15 Application deadline
Secondary application required Yes
Personal interview required Yes
Regular application acceptance notification November 20 (Begins)
March 15 (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 2013-2014) August

Admissions & Enrollment

MCAT Scores, GPA, and Coursework Requirements

Average undergraduate GPA 3.68
Oldest MCAT considered 2010
Average MCAT scores 10.1 MCAT composite score
10.4 biological
9.9 physical sciences
9.9 verbal reasoning
O writing
Required undergraduate coursework
biology
organic chemistry
inorganic (general) chemistry
physics
mathematics

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

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Services
professional counseling

Faculty

Full-time faculty-student ratio 1.7:1 – Medium
Full-time faculty 359
Part-time faculty 917
Full-time faculty in basic sciences 41
Part-time faculty in basic sciences 1
Full-time faculty in clinical program 318
Part-time faculty in clinical program 916

2011 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grants

NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $12.6
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals 30
Principal investigators (PIs) 19
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants 22

Teaching Hospitals

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

Hospitals
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

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Four-year program curriculum
First 2 years are a blended curriculum of traditional subjects and problem/case based learning. The third year on 2 campuses is in block form with 48 weeks in major rotations and 3 weeks of clinical colloquium. The third campus is based in a multi-specialty clinic with students taking all 6 major rotations all year. The fourth year has 15 required weeks, 22 elective weeks and 7 flex weeks.

Medical School Ranking

#86 Best Research
#83 Best Primary Care

(2) Ranking by Specialties

#16 in Family medicine
#7 in Rural medicine

Research Ranking Scores

Score 31
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) $12.6
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands) $35.04

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score 52
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 3.0
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 2.7
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2009-2011 average) 36.5% – Medium

Ranking Admission Statistics

Average undergraduate GPA 3.68
MCAT composite score 10.1
Acceptance rate 16.9% – High
Full-time faculty-student ratio 1.7:1 – Medium
Total medical school enrollment 213

Medical School Student Body

Student Body

Total medical school enrollment 213
In-state students 93.4%
Minority students 4.7%
Underrepresented minority students 3.3%
International students 0.0%
Non-traditional students 48.0%

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

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

Expenses

Tuition
Full-time: $20,700 (in-state)
Full-time: $48,445 (out-of-state)
Required fees $5,094
Room and board $16,449
Average indebtedness of 2010 graduates who incurred medical school debt $129,241

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid 100%
Students receiving loans 94%
Students receiving grants/scholarships 91%
Students receiving work study 0%

Medical School Residency

Residency Program Admissions (Class of 2011)

Graduates admitted to their first-choice residency program N/A
Graduates admitted to one of their top three choices of residency programs N/A
Most popular residency and specialty programs (2010 and 2011 classes)
anesthesiology pathology – anatomic and clinical
emergency medicine pediatrics
family practice psychiatry
internal medicine radiology – diagnostic
obstetrics and gynecology surgery – general

Primary Care and In-State Residencies

Graduates entering primary care specialties (2009-2011 average) 36.5% – Medium
Graduates accepting in-state residencies (2010 and 2011 average) 21.6%

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