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University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine
University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine
  • Year founded: 1907
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University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine (USDSM)
Allopathic Medical School
Vermillion
In-State Applicants Favored
  • SDN RANKING 2
  • INTERVIEW FEEDBACK 1 31 Responses
  • SCHOOL REVIEWS 3 1 Responses

Overview

Overview

School Stats

  • Resident Tuition $12,831
  • Non - Resident Tuition $31,777
  • Application Fee $35
  • AVG MCAT 509
  • AVG GPA 3.8
  • LIZZYM Score 68.0

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Admissions Information

  • Medical Student Affairs
  • Lee Medical Building Room 101
  • 414 East Clark Street
  • Vermillion 57069
  • United States

School Overview

School Info

The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine is nationally known for excellence in medical education. With its award-winning curriculum, the school prepares medical students to practice in all fields of medicine and is particularly recognized for its reputation in family medicine and in rural medicine. In addition to the M.D., the school of medicine offers graduate degrees in basic biomedical science, sustains a vibrant and forward-looking research agenda, and is home to the interdisciplinary Center for Brain and Behavioral Research.

Curriculum

As a community-based program, the curriculum emphasizes family medicine and primary care with the support and participation by practicing physicians and community hospitals throughout the state. Community hospitals and clinics provide teaching sites and the practicing physicians are teachers.

Facilities

The first two years of basic science education are delivered in Vermillion. The third year of the program is provided in community settings and hospitals in Sioux Falls, the Rapid City area and Yankton. The fourth year is provided in hospitals and ambulatory clinics across the entire state of South Dakota.

Interview Feedback

Interview Feedback

Results Overview

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 20
Negatively 2
No change 0

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
4.07 30

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
7.92 25

0 = low, 10 = high

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"The Admission Office was amazing!! They were so helpful and incredibly accomadating. I was so impr" More from this Member | Report Response

"None." More from this Member | Report Response

"The Admissions Office was impressively responsive and accommodating." More from this Member | Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"What types of books have you read recently?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about . . . pick a subject from the app." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What were some of the labs you did in biochemistry at your school? (My interviewer was a biochemistry professor)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a M.D.?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Can you explain your academic record? How do you feel about your MCAT score?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who, in your view, has changed the 20th century the most?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"They didn't really ask questions. Rather, they brought up things from my application and we chatted. They were interested in learning things from me far from anything medical-related. It was fun just to chat." More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of practice do you see yourself in 10 years from now?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a physician? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe how you envision your medical practice 10 years from now." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a medical doctor and not a nurse?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes you a good candidate to serve in a underserved area of south dakota?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Define Health, explain your answer" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your favorite course?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself. Why Medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think makes a good physician? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"So, why medicine? What impression do you have of doctors? Tell me about your experiences with ________. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe ________. (read something off of my file)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Since you see yourself as a leader, what would you do if you were in a group and another member also wanted to be in the leader position?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What was your favorite Star Wars episode?" More from this Member | Report Response

"In your opinion, what qualities make a good physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of animal would you be and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your husband and how he feels about all of this. Is he willing to move with you? Where do you get spontaneously hypertensive rats? (referring to my research) " More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your solution to the Healthcare crisis in America?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you major in Philosophy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who, in your view, has changed the 20th century the most?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the only class you got a ''B'' in and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None really caught me off guard" More from this Member | Report Response

"None really...everything was pretty standard. They asked a lot about my upbringing and where I was from. " More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could be remembered by your children for something, what would it be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Simply a test disregard" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think doctors of today will be able to practice medicine in 10 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How can the committee trust that you will move to an underserved area?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who are two of your heroes and why are they your heroes?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you ever read "Of Guns, Germs, and Steel?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"Just general questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"They were all questions about either my job history or school track record." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really interesting, just standard questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"What impression do you have of doctors after having worked with several of them at the hospital?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is wrong with being a nurse?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What three words would your friends use to describe you? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What is going on in Afghanistan right now?" More from this Member | Report Response

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Individual Responses

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School Reviews

School Reviews

Results Overview

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 1

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

How do you feel about the location of the school?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 1

0 = Uncomfortable, 10 = Desirable

How is the cost of living (rent, food, bills, etc.)?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 1

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 1

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What do you like most about this school?

"Small class size, virtually no malignancy, still score above average on boards compared to national average. Voluntary rural experiences allow for more autonomy." | Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"Some can find living in a rural community challenging, but it grows on you." | Report Response

How frequently do pre-clinical medical school activities have mandatory attendance?

"Not often." | Report Response

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