The SSOM Satellite Office of the Indians into Medicine (INMED) program enhances the programmatic efforts of the INMED program within South Dakota and Nebraska and assists American Indian students who are planning to enter the health care field.
NAHSP is a component of the SSOM healthcare workforce development effort and serves to support and foster the healthcare profession interests of a select cadre of South Dakota American Indian high school students. NAHSP students gain career development support provided by NAHSP staff, have opportunities to engage with health profession students who serve as near-peer mentors, engage in mentored research or community service projects and are afforded opportunities to attend national conferences in support of their career interests. NAHSP students continue to be mentored and supported as they progress through their undergraduate education at USD.
The USD chapter of AISES is designed to nurture a community of American Indian students by bridging science and technology with traditional native values. The chapter's goal, in concert with that of the national organization, is to increase American Indian representation in careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
High school students explore a range of health care 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 professionals, 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. An American-Indian-focused healthcare career summer camp will be conducted in summer 2017.
A significant effort of the SSOM Office of Diversity and Inclusion is to work collaboratively with other SSOM programs to prepare students to enter health care professions and for our medical students to have a better understanding of the health care needs of diverse and rural populations. These collaborative efforts include: SD-AHEC, the Frontier and Rural Medicine (FARM) program, the Alumni Student Scholars Program (ASSP), reservation-based observation opportunities for pre-clinical medical students and reservation-based electives for medical students during their clinical education.
This group, headed by the Sanford School of Medicine and comprising representatives from SSOM, Sanford Research Center for Health Outcomes and Prevention Research, Avera Health system, Regional Health system and Sanford Health system, meets regularly to discuss means by which to enhance health care of American Indian people in South Dakota.
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 health care facilities to enhance the students' understanding of the complex health care issues that may be found within the reservation setting.
This week-long required activity for Pillar 3 students exposes medical students to the range of diversity and cultures that they may encounter through their clinical training.
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 among the diverse body of people whom they are likely to encounter during their training and future practices. In the spring semester, the focus is directed toward presentations by students about their experiences in health-related outreach efforts.
The Diversity Health Affairs committee comprises 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 health care and health care training opportunities for minority and medically underserved groups within South Dakota, with a special emphasis toward American Indian peoples. They also evaluate and recommend opportunities and programs to enhance diversity and cultural awareness of the students, faculty and administration within the School of Medicine and the School of Health Sciences.
The mission of Women in Medicine and Science is to advance the full and successful participation of women in all roles within academic medicine and to provide a venue for women to participate in advancing the AAMC mission to improve the nation’s health. USD WIMS is involved in efforts to address gender equity, support recruitment and retention of women in academic medicine, provide recognition and awards, and promote efforts toward career advancement.