Indians into Medicine (INMED) Satellite Office
The Indians into Medicine (INMED) program assists American Indian students who are planning to enter the healthcare field. The University of South Dakota houses a satellite office of the program which works to enhance the program within the state and surrounding areas.
Native American Scholars Program (NASP)
The NASP helps current and potential Native American students at USD who are pursuing careers in medicine, other health care professions and health disparity research. It is part of the USD Center of Excellence in Minority Health and Health Disparities and funded by the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities.
American Indian Sciences and Engineering Society (AISES)
The USD Chapter of AISES is designed to nurture a community of USD American Indian students by bridging Science and Technology with traditional native values and to allow students to become technologically informed leaders within the Indian community. The ultimate goal of this national organization is to the advancement of American Indians as they seek to become self-reliant and self-determined members of society.
Healthcare Career Summer Camp (HCSC)
High school students explore a range of healthcare professions through our summer camp. They learn more about important issues in health care. The camp provides opportunities for high school students to interact with health care professional, participate in various medically-related hands-on demonstrations and activities, become CPR certified and HIPAA certified and participate in field trips to area medical facilities.
Asniya, a Lakota word that means “to heal “ or “to rest,” is a Pillar 3 teaching/service-learning elective. It provides medical students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experiences in cross-cultural education and to gain an enhanced understanding of issues that impact upon health and healthcare needs of American Indian peoples. Importantly, this elective is designed to improve the student’s awareness and understanding of aspects of American Indian culture. During the elective medical students also are required to spend a minimum of 20 hours interacting with physicians at reservation-based healthcare facilities as a means of enhancing the student’s understanding of the complex healthcare issues that may be found within the reservation setting.
SSOM Cultural Colloquium
This week-long required activity for Pillar 3 students is designed to expose medical students to the range of diversity and cultures that they may encounter through their clinical training.
SSOM Diversity Dialogues
Diversity Dialogues is a monthly, informal, theme-based series of discussions during the Fall and Spring semesters. The sessions are open to any interested faculty and students from the School of Medicine, the School of Health Sciences and the greater community. During the Fall semester Diversity Dialogues features presentations that give students an enhanced perspective on various social, cultural and health-related elements that exist amongst the diverse body of people that they are likely to encounter during their training and future practices. In the Spring semester the focus is directed towards presentations by students of their experiences in various health-related outreach efforts.
SSOM Diversity Health Affairs Committee
The Diversity Health Affairs committee is comprised of faculty and students representing the School of Medicine and the School of Health Sciences. The committee evaluates and recommends efforts and opportunities to work with public and private entities who want to improve healthcare and healthcare training opportunities for minority and medically underserved groups within South Dakota, and with a special emphasis toward American Indian peoples. They also evaluate and recommend opportunities and programs to enhance diversity and cultural awareness of students, faculty and administration within the School of Medicine and the School of Health Sciences.
Other Diversity Resources