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Medical Education

Sanford Health is committed to excellence in our medical education programs. As a major teaching site for medical residency and fellowship programs, Sanford Health trains over 300 residents and fellows every year along with nearly 500 medical students.

Through our programs, we give developing physicians the resources they need to thrive and help them build lasting mentorships and relationships with experts in their field. If you’re a student looking to gain hands-on clinical experience, Sanford Health’s medical education programs are for you.


Focused on Serving Rural Communities

Rural medicine is a noble calling. Patients who live in rural communities often need to travel hours to get the care they need – be it annual physicals, specialty care or emergency health needs. Research shows they’re more likely to suffer serious health complications due to the inaccessibility of care. They also tend to be diagnosed with cancer or chronic health conditions at later stages, meaning they face worse outcomes.

Sanford Health is uniquely positioned to help physicians succeed and develop confidence on the rural medicine track. We are the largest rural health network in the country and offer unprecedented training opportunities in rural areas.

Advancing medical education is one of the new Sanford Health initiatives supported by a $300 million gift from philanthropist Denny Sanford. In rural areas, recruitment and retention of health care professionals can be a challenge. This gift enables Sanford Health to double its graduate medical education opportunities and expand our recruitment and retention initiatives.


Growth and Educational Opportunities

We equip health care professionals with the resources and growth opportunities that empower them to excel in their specialty.

We offer:

  • Clinician experience opportunities
  • Leadership development programs
  • Recruitment and retention initiatives
  • Quality improvement programs and collaboration
  • Research and scholarly activity opportunities
  • Employment opportunities

About Sanford Health

Sanford Health is one of the largest health systems in the United States. We’re dedicated to the work of health and healing. Our organization is committed to providing an integrated delivery of care to promote wellness in the communities we serve.

As a resident, fellow or medical student training at Sanford Health, you’ll also have access to programs and opportunities with:

  • Sanford Health’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Sanford Imagenetics
  • Sanford Research
  • Sanford SAFE and the Patient Safety Collaborative
  • Sanford Sports
  • Sanford World Clinic

Together with our primary academic partners, the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences and the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, Sanford Health is committed to building a stronger physician workforce. We’re leading the next generation of health care professionals.


Graduate Medical Education Programs

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Sanford Health-sponsored programs:

  • Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship
  • General Surgery Residency
  • Interventional Cardiology Fellowship
  • Pathology Residency
  • Pediatrics Residency

We’re a major teaching site for:

  • Family Medicine Residency
  • Internal Medicine Residency
  • Transitional Year Residency

Fargo, North Dakota
Sanford Health-sponsored programs:

  • Family Medicine Residency
  • Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship
  • Internal Medicine Residency
  • Neurology Residency
  • Orthopedic Surgery Residency
  • Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency
  • Transitional Year Residency

We’re a major teaching site for:

  • Adult Psychiatry Residency
  • General Surgery Residency
  • Geriatrics Fellowship