| The first-year funding established a statewide program as well as the Yankton Rural Area Health Education Center, which is located on the campus of Avera Sacred Heart Hospital. Funding for the second year will be used to establish a second AHEC, add staff, support minority student programs and help create a rural clinical track for students at the medical school.
The Yankton Rural AHEC’s agenda will include developing a program for students to shadow health professionals, providing education on veterans’ issues and helping organize national disaster support training for medical students.
“This second year of funding confirms the good work done in our first year,” said H. Bruce Vogt, M.D., chair of the Department of Family Medicine and director of South Dakota’s AHEC. “It also provides us critical resources to enhance the programming and services we provide.”
Funding for Area Health Education Centers is provided federally through the Bureau of Health Professions, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
About the Sanford School of Medicine
The School of Medicine was founded as a two-year program in 1907 and became an M.D. degree-granting program in 1977. Besides the basic science training in Vermillion, the school has clinical campuses in Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Yankton. In addition, training for residency doctors is offered in Rapid City and Sioux Falls. The school was ranked in the top ten for rural medicine by U.S. News & World Report in its 2011 guide to graduate schools. More information is available at www.usd.edu/med/.