Application Criteria

All applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service and will be taken through December 1st.

Interviews are scheduled between October 15 and January 11. Our interviews include personal time with the program director and faculty members, includes a brief tour of one of our hospitals and continuity clinic, time with a resident, and lunch with another resident or two. We plan your interview day so that you will have an opportunity to meet with different levels of residents, and have time to have questions answered about their satisfaction with the program. The day usually begins around 8:30 a.m. and is done by approximately 2:30 p.m. A hotel room is provided the night before the interview, for our of town students.

US Medical/Osteopathic Graduate Criteria:

  • MSPE
  • Transcript
  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • USMLE or COM LEX transcript*
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • You must be able to be licensed in SD, which requires passage of each component of the USM LE in three attempts or less, and in a seven year time span, from first attempt of USMLE through successful completion of Part 3.
  • Able to obtain resident licensure through the SD Board of Medical & Osteopathic Examiners

International Medical Graduate Criteria:

The minimum criteria for foreign medical graduates that must be met to be considered for interviews in our program:

  • All criteria as stated above for US medical/osteopathic graduates.
  • USMLE scores must be 210 or higher on parts 1, and 2 on the first attempt and the interval from passing Part 1 to Part 3 must not be greater than 7 years.
  • USMLE Step 2 CS must be passed on the first attempt.
  • You must be ECFMG certified.
  • You must have lived in the US for at least two years.
  • You must have permanent residency or citizenship.
  • Time interval since completion of formal training (medical school or residency) must be less than 3 years.
  • Time interval since most recent clinical experience (educational or practice) must be less than two years.
  • You must demonstrate excellent and understandable written and spoken English language communication skills.
  • All applications are accepted through ERAS and the NRMP.
  • Eligible for licensure in South Dakota