Inaugural American Indian Student Healthcare Careers Conference kicks off Healthcare Careers Camp at The U

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Native American high school students seeking careers in the healthcare industry can register now to attend the American Indian Student Healthcare Careers Conference (AISHCC), June 18-20, and the Fourth Annual Healthcare Careers Summer Camp (HCSC), June 20-25, at The University of South Dakota.

American Indian students entering 10th through the 12th grades this fall are invited to apply to the AISHCC conference where they will learn about American Indian health topics and healthcare career opportunities.  Discussions and activities will include cultural concepts of health and wellness, networking with American Indian healthcare role-models as well as leadership and confidence building activities. At the conclusion of AISHCC, camp participants will join 30 other high school students for the weeklong Healthcare Careers Camp at USD.

Attendees participate in a variety of hands-on learning and information-gathering activities. Additionally, camp participants will be able to interact with professionals in health care fields, faculty and others relative to the pursuit of careers in health care. Faculty and staff from the Sanford School of Medicine and the USD School of Health Sciences will be available during the week to discuss everything from education requirements to future employment opportunities and salaries. There is no fee for attendees of the AISHCC or the Healthcare Careers Camp.  The application deadline is April 30.

Sponsors for the 2010 American Indian Student Healthcare Careers Conference and Healthcare Careers Summer Camp are the Sanford School of Medicine, the USD School of Health Sciences, Sanford Health, Sanford Vermillion Medical Center and the Dakota Hospital Foundation.

All applications must include a counselor nomination, a parent or guardian signature, an official school transcript and a personal statement. Application deadline is Friday, April 30. For more information about the camp or to download an application, please go to www.usd.edu/medical-school/health-careers-camp.cfm or contact Jolane Tomhave with the Sanford School of Medicine at (605) 677-5167 or e-mail hcc@usd.edu.