Sanford USD Medical Center


Sanford’s USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls provides leading care for patients from across the Midwest. As the largest hospital in South Dakota, and a teaching hospital for the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota, we are proud to offer the latest in innovative care. Our highly skilled medical teams are renown for their passion, leadership and dedication to their patients and their specialties.

We have been consistently named a Top 100 Hospital in the nation. Our comprehensive care includes emergency air transport, neonatal and pediatric intensive care, transplant services, and specialty centers in children’s, heart, cancer, neuroscience, sports medicine and women’s health. With 545 beds, 4,000 employees and a Level II Trauma Emergency Center.

Sanford USD Medical Center

Site Focus

  • Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Pathology and Surgery 

School Affiliations

  • University of South Dakota School of Medicine
  • KCU College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hospital Statistics

  • Total Beds - 545
  • Admissions - 27,000
  • ER Visits - 43,000
  • Outpatient Visits - 516,000
  • Births - 3,200
  • Inpatient Surgeries - 8,000
  • Outpatient Surgeries - 15,000
  • Trauma Center - Level II
  • MD/DO - 500

Third-Year Clerkships

  • Family Medicine (4 weeks) - Outpatient
  • Internal Medicine (8 weeks) - Inpatient/Outpatient
  • Ob/Gyn (4 weeks) - Inpatient/Outpatient
  • Pediatrics (4 weeks) - Inpatient/Outpatient
  • Psychiatry (4 weeks) - Inpatient/Outpatient
  • Surgery (8 weeks) - Inpatient/Outpatient

This site schedules clinical experiences in four-week increments.

Third-Year Selectives

  • Anatomic Pathology
  • Cardiology
  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Forensic Pathology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Gynecologic Oncology
  • Gynecology
  • Hem/Onc
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Internal Medicine
  • Maternal Fetal Medicine
  • Medicine/Pediatrics
  • Neonatology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Obstetrics
  • Ob/Gyn
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Otolaryngology/ENT
  • Pain Management
  • Pathology
  • Pediatric Allergy/Immunology
  • Pediatric Cardiology
  • Pediatric Critical Care
  • Pediatrics - Developmental
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Pediatric Endo/Metabolism
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Pediatric Hem/Onc
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases
  • Pediatric Nephrology
  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Pediatric Psychiatry
  • Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine
  • Pediatric Radiology
  • Pediatric Rheumatology
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Pediatrics
  • Physical Medicine & Rehab
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Psychiatry
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Radiology
  • Reproductive Endocrinology
  • Rheumatology
  • Sports Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Transplant Medicine
  • Trauma Surgery

Fourth-Year Clerkships

Residency Information

  • Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Pathology, Surgery Residencies
  • Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology Fellowships

Resources & Benefits

  • Facility Resources: Students have access to computers, internet, lounge, medical library, medical records, phones and printers while on duty at the hospital
  • Meal Benefits: Provided in the physician lounge while on duty at the hospital
  • Visiting Student Housing: Housing is unavailable at this time

Duties & Opportunities

  • Student Duties: Students are required to participate in weekly rounds, night call and weekend rounds as assigned
  • Didactic Opportunities: Students are required to participate in didactics as assigned
  • OMT/OPP Opportunities: Students may participate in OMT/OPP skills development during clerkships with osteopathic physicians

Unique Site Characteristics            

  • Background check required for third year
  • Global Track Students must communicate third-year clerkship obligations to site as soon as the Clerkship Match Process is finalized
  • Military Track Students must communicate third-year clerkship obligations to site as soon as the Clerkship Match Process is finalized
  • NBOME COMAT Subject Exams are proctored at this core site
  • Orientation is provided prior to the first clerkship
  • TB screening is required annually
  • Travel may be required for third-year Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA)

Additions or changes to this site's information may occur at any time - information last updated 10/7/19

Contact Information

  • KCU Clinical Clerkship Coordinator: Tiffany Miller
  • Site Contact: Nikki Terveer, MS, Senior Learning and Development Specialist
  • Senior Director of Learning and Development: Amy Bialas, PhD