Residency Experience

Training Sites

The Center for Family Medicine

Residents will spend their first year in Sioux Falls, serving as primary care at the Center for Family Medicine clinic.

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.

You can learn more about the Center For Family Medicine at


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 with 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 serve as the primary physicians (with staff physician supervision), beginning with the first prenatal visit through delivery and the postnatal visit.

In Pierre, you will practice at both Avera St Mary’s Hospital and Sanford Health Clinic Pierre.

You can learn more about each at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital, Avera Medical Group Pierre – MAC Lane, and Sanford Health Pierre Clinic.

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

Pierre Area Sites

As part of the Pierre Rural Family Medicine Residency program, residents will serve as primary care in rural rotations and local area health clinics.

Residents will spend a majority of their rotations at the Sanford Health clinic and Avera St. Mary’s hospital. Alongside those locations, residents will be on rotation in Eagle Butte and Mobridge rural health clinics. In Pierre, residents will serve as primary care at South Dakota Urban Indian Health Clinic, Riggs High School, and the South Dakota Women’s Prison.