Integrated RTT – Pierre, SD

Brief Description

The Pierre Rural Family Medicine Residency is devoted to providing an excellent education that prepares physicians for practice in South Dakota and other areas of the mostly rural upper Midwest.  Practice in a rural community is quite different from suburbia.  It requires a broad knowledge base, solid procedural skills, a comfort level with telemedicine, and an ability to improvise.  It also requires one to be comfortable caring for friends and neighbors, to participate in the local organizations and activities, and a willingness to assume a leadership role in the community.  Rural medicine involves more than merely staffing the local healthcare facilities.

Unique Features

The first year of the residency will be spent in Sioux Falls, largely integrated with the residents of the Sioux Falls Family Medicine program.  Certain rotations are best completed in a higher-volume referral center, allowing the opportunity to gain efficiency that a busy service demands and to gain experience with less common diseases.  In addition, a state-of-the-art simulation center allows for the development of proficiency in a variety of procedural skills in preparation for the rural practice.

Following the intern year, residents relocate to Pierre, SD a community of 14,000 (and also the capital of the state) where they will work intimately with experienced Family Physicians in a brand new Family Practice facility to learn the profession.  Family Physicians serve as the primary faculty, with other specialist physicians to complement the teaching rotations.  They oversee the educational and evaluation process of the Program, coordinating specialty rotations with community physicians who are committed to teaching residents.  The Program was designed so residents can individually tailor it to meet their professional needs and interests.

The outpatient experience increases as the resident progresses through the program and develops a “practice.”  The local patient population spans all age groups and socioeconomic levels, representing a true cross section of the community.

Additional Information

The Pierre Rural Family Medicine Residency is now looking for its inaugural class of residents to begin  July 1, 2018.  The program recently received notification of accreditation. Applications are being accepted through ERAS.