The University of South Dakota School of Medicine continues to enhance its nationwide reputation by earning recognition for excellence from a national publication.
In recognition of its strong achievements in rural medicine, U.S. News and World Report listed the Sanford School of Medicine at USD as 10th in the nation in the 2007 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools," moving up on the list from 13th in last year's edition. There are approximately 125 accredited medical schools in the U.S.
A central part of the mission of the School of Medicine is encouraging graduates to serve people living in the medically underserved areas of South Dakota. As part of that effort, the Sanford School of Medicine created the Center for Rural Health Improvement with the goal of improving the health of rural South Dakotans through participatory community-based research targeted to the major health needs in these communities. The Center for Rural Health Improvement was created by the Department of Family Medicine at the Sanford School of Medicine.�
Each year, U.S. News and World Report ranks professional-school programs in business, education, engineering, law, and medicine. These rankings are based on two types of data: expert opinion about program quality and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research, and students. For the rankings in all five areas, U.S. News and World Report analyzed data from more than 1,200 surveyed programs and some 9,600 academics and professionals in 2005.