Pierre Rural Family Medicine Residency

Residents practice in rural settings to become prepared for diverse work in small communities.

Our program is devoted to providing an excellent education that prepares physicians for practice in South Dakota and other areas of the mostly rural upper Midwest.

Rural Practice

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, participating in the local organizations and activities, and assuming a leadership role in the community. Rural medicine involves more than merely staffing the local healthcare facilities.

Our residency program is located in South Dakota's state capitol of Pierre.

Residency Experience

  1. The first year of the residency will be spent in Sioux Falls, largely integrated with the residents of the Sioux Falls Family Medicine Residency 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.
  2. Following the intern year, residency relocation to Pierre, SD a community of 14,000 (and also the capitol of the state) where they will work intimately with experienced Family Physicians to learn the profession in a brand new family medicine facility. 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.
  3. 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 continuity practice. The local patient population spans all age groups and socioeconomic levels, representing a true cross section of the community.

Apply for Residency

The Pierre Rural Family Medicine Residency has matched it’s inaugural class of residents to being July 1, 2018. Applications will be accepted through ERAS.

Application Criteria


Residency Location
Pierre Rural Family Medicine Residency
521 E. Sioux Ave
Pierre, SD 57501
Program Director
Mark K. Huntington, MD PHD FAAFP
Associate Program Director & Site Director
Dr. Thomas Huber, MD FAAFP
Program Coordinator
Jo Erickson, C-TAGME