Additional $1 million secured for med school

Additional $1 million secured for med school U.S. Senators Tim Johnson and Tom Daschle have secured another $1 million in the final budget for next year to improve and expand research facilities at The University of South Dakota (USD) Medical School in Vermillion.

The funding brings the total approved for the medical school to $2 million. In October, the senators secured $1 million dollars for the school in the bill funding the Departments of Veterans Affairs, and Housing and Urban Development.

"I am pleased that the Senate has approved over $2 million for USD's medical school," Johnson said. "This funding reflects Congress' understanding of the important role the school plays in providing qualified health care providers for South Dakota and the region. This investment ensures the school's future by allowing them to expand and upgrade research facilities to attract the area's best students."

"This funding gives the USD Medical School the added resources needed to expand its research facilities and ensure the school's position as an excellent and highly respected institution," Daschle said. "The new facility also will help attract new students from South Dakota and across the country to the USD campus.

The senators said this funding boost is critical because the school is a major supplier of primary care physicians in South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa.

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