Residency Experience

Training Sites

Sioux Falls offers the most advanced and complete healthcare facilities in the area. The city has become a referral center for all of South Dakota, as well as northwest Iowa, and southwest Minnesota.

The Center for Family Medicine

The Residency has a model clinic, the Center for Family Medicine, which is located on the Avera McKennan campus at 1115 East 20th Street in Sioux Falls.

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Falls Community Health Center

Residents also provide care to patients at the Falls Community Health Center, a federally funded clinic where they share the patient load with on-site, full time faculty.

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Avera Health & Sanford Health

The Program's sponsoring hospitals offer state of the art technology unsurpassed in the Midwest. Both hospitals are constantly expanding and updating facilities and services.

Both hospitals have advanced, 24 hour emergency/trauma departments and have helicopters to augment other ground and air transportation services. The hospitals also provide low cost obstetric clinics, offering medical care for expectant mothers. Residents are assigned patients and act as the primary physicians (with staff physician supervision), beginning with the first prenatal visit through delivery and the postnatal visit.

Avera McKennan and Sanford Health hospitals have received national recognition for the services they offer.

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Other residencies in Sioux Falls include a pathology, psychiatry, internal medicine, transitional and pediatrics. These programs are all sponsored by the Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota.

Rural Clinics

As part of rotations, our residents have the unique opportunity to gain rural practice experience by helping patients at several rural clinics across South Dakota. The curriculum includes a required 4 weeks of rural rotation. Several teaching sites have been carefully selected and prepared for resident participation. One designated site is within 30 miles of Sioux Falls for those residents whose personal situations require a rural site within commuting distance.

These clinics are located in Milbank, Mobridge, Madison, Parkston and Winner.