USD Med School Career Exploration Program receives grant

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota received a $10,000 grant to help middle school students in Sioux Falls explore health care careers.

The Office of Graduate Medical Education’s Career Exploration Program reaches out to students at Whittier and Edison Middle schools. Resident physicians and medical students teach students about different specialties, diseases, procedures, and careers in medicine.

The GME Office partnered with the South Dakota Area Health Education Center (AHEC), the Center for Family Medicine, and the Sioux Falls School District in securing the grant. The award will allow the purchase of stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs, casting materials, latex gloves, a skin model, functional heart system, circular system plaque, brain model, deluxe torso model, and Super Sam skeleton. These items which will enhance the educational experiences for the middle school students and further increase their knowledge of health care careers.

The Career Explorations program for the 2010-11 academic year began this month at Edison Middle School.