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The South Dakotan Health is the story hub of the USD School of Health Sciences. Here you’ll find stories and news highlighting the meaningful contributions of our students, faculty and staff, and alumni.

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  • Record Number of South Dakota HOSA Students Attend National Leadership Conference, Earn Top Awards

    Summary: The South Dakota chapter of HOSA – Future Health Professionals (HOSA) represented the state in commendable fashion with a record number of students and advisors attending the 2023 HOSA International Leadership Conference (ILC) held in Dallas, Texas, in June. 195 attendees went to the ILC, 148 of whom were students who each qualified in their respective competitions at the state conference.
    A close up of a USD banner in the fall.
  • Student Learning Clinic: A Win-Win Situation for Students and Community Members

    Summary: A move to the Sanford Coyote Sports Center in 2016 gave the University of South Dakota Department of Physical Therapy access to a 2,300 square foot, fully equipped clinic space, including two private examination rooms, a pediatric space equipped with sensory equipment and a treatment room with a mounted Dynavision vision and reaction trainer.
    Two physical therapy students working with older woman in exercise room
  • U.S. Army Veteran Graduates with Third Degree from USD

    Summary: The University of South Dakota has a track record of producing remarkable graduates, but few have accomplished what U.S. Army veteran and USD alumnus Christopher R. Strunk has done. This May, Strunk earned his Ph.D. in health sciences, marking his third degree from USD.
    Old Main in springtime
  • Expanded Simulation Space Enhances Interprofessional Learning

    Summary: At the University of South Dakota Nursing Center for Simulation and Interprofessional Education, located in the Andrew E. Lee Memorial Medicine and Science Building, students improve their patient assessment abilities and communication skills. They also learn the importance of interdisciplinary teamwork to deliver safe care and improve health outcomes.
    Two health science students working with simulation patient in medical room

Guest Column

I chose family medicine because I love the idea of being 'everyone's doctor.' I also love making sure my patients are up to date with their immunizations and health care screenings. It's so important.
Family sits on couch and smiles for photo.

Guest Column | Lizz & Robbie Nicholas

Elizabeth (Hoffman) Nicholas, a Eureka, South Dakota native, and Robert Nicholas, a Huron, South Dakota native, met at the University of South Dakota when they were both in the Alumni Student Scholars Program, each with the dream of becoming a doctor.

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