Our Pathology program provides residents with a challenging curriculum, diverse pathology and plenty of one-on-one attention. Our program is a great place to work and live as a pathology resident, and our recent graduates have all matched with competitive fellowships in surgical pathology, breast pathology, hematopathology, cytopathology and dermatopathology.


To provide residents a broad, comprehensive pathology background and opportunities to gain experience in all sub-specialties.


  • Provide a solid foundation in anatomic and clinical pathology in a supportive environment, while offering elective rotations which will support adult learners in tailoring their training to their specific career goals.
  • Train residents to work in teams to help them succeed in inter-professional healthcare environments.
  • Model and encourage consideration of an appropriate work life balance through various activities.

Program Curriculum

The pathology residency curriculum encompasses 4 years of combined anatomic and clinical pathology rotations that are one month in duration.

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Training Sites

Residents train primarily at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD but also have the opportunity for training at the Sioux Falls VA Medical Center.

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Life in Sioux Falls

Get to know the city of Sioux Falls, SD. Sioux Falls is the largest city in South Dakota. It has everything you want out of a big city but with a low cost of living and low crime rates. We hope you'll call it home as you continue your medical education (and who knows, maybe even longer!)

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Why Choose this Program

  • The pathology program has been a great place to train with good exposure in anatomic pathology, work/life balance, helpful faculty members, and in a safe and affordable city to live in.

    Dyan Pratt
    Dylan Pratt, MD Pathology Resident, Class of 2023 Meet Resident
  • The Pathology program is a nice small program while still seeing several cases and getting great exposure to “bread and butter” as well as “zebra” cases with a nice sense of community and teamwork.

    Kaia Erickson
    Kaia Erickson, MD Pathology Resident, Class of 2022 Meet Resident
  • Loved my residency here so much that I came back as a staff pathologist after fellowships.

    Ashwyna Sunassee
    Ashwyna Sunassee, MD Pathologist / Assistant Professor Meet Faculty Member
  • The USD Pathology program provides residents with an excellent volume and variety of surgical pathology cases in a smaller program setting. On our hot seat rotation, the residents get to handle all of the frozen section cases, similar to what a fellow would do at other institutions. At our noon surgical pathology conference, the residents get to see all of the interesting surgical pathology cases.

    Amy Kerkvliet
    Amy Kerkvliet, MD Pathologist / Assistant Professor Meet Faculty Member
  • Due to our small size, our residents get to take on tasks that are often assigned to fellows at larger institutions. Thus, they are well prepared for any fellowship program that they choose.

    Doug Lynch
    Douglas Lynch, MD Pathologist /Program Director Meet Faculty Member

Virtual Visits

Our fellows have guided our efforts to present our philosophy of education to you. We have always been told that the in-person visit “seals the deal” and we are hopeful that the “virtual visit” will accomplish the same goal this year.

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What's next?

We invite you to continue learning more about our Pathology Residency Program!

  1. Discover the residency experience
  2. Get a feel for life in Sioux Falls
  3. Meet your co-residents
  4. View application requirements