HOSA: Future Health Professionals is a student organization whose curriculum is aligned with Career Tech Education standards. SD HOSA's focus is to recruit students into the health care pipeline. Through local and state chapters, SD HOSA provides education activities and procedures encompassing health care careers and topics for students in a multiple number of courses. Currently, there are 138,000 members nationwide. South Dakota has become the 48th state to affiliate with HOSA.
Scrubs Camps are free, one-day, hands-on health career camps for South Dakota high school students. Presented by the South Dakota Office of Rural Health, Scrubs Camps take place in numerous communities across South Dakota. Students will have the opportunity to experience a wide variety of health careers through activities and discussions.
Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota annually hosts a Health Care Careers Camp in Vermillion to help high school students pursue a future in health care by exploring a range of career options.
The University of South Dakota and Sanford Research are home to the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE), a unique opportunity for American Indian undergraduate students to receive hands-on research experience and mentoring in a cross-disciplinary training program (biomedical or behavioral research).
The ultimate goal of the Avera St. Luke's Health Academy is to promote health careers among high school juniors and seniors in an attempt to combat the impending shortage of health care professionals. The academy provides time for the students to connect with persons from their hometowns who serve as resources and mentors. Presentation College provides open student suites to become a "home away from home" for two nights. At Avera St. Luke's, more than 20 hospital staff members welcome the students into their areas of work and share their expertise.
If you're interested in a career that will give you the chance to help others, consider working in a health-related field. You can explore the array of opportunities available in this field at SDSU's Health Professions Career Camp. Students will be able to interact with health care professionals and participate in a variety of activities, such as tours, workshops, speaking events, hands-on demonstrations, and field trips to health care facilities.