USD medical students to display cultural experience posters

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Students at the Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota will use posters to present what they learned from last fall’s cultural colloquium. Enhancing cultural competence among students is one of the medical school’s priorities.

Third-year students spent a week in November participating in the Beyond Borders: A Cultural Immersion Experience. On the first day, students heard from speakers who represented diverse cultures. On the second day, they visited the Oak Lane Hutterite Colony near Bridgewater. The rest of the time was spent in self-selected cultural immersion and service experiences throughout the state.

The posters range from celebrations on the Pine Ridge Reservation to health education at the Rosedale Hutterite Colony to the benefits of exercise in the elderly.

The Beyond Borders Poster Session is a chance to share what they learned. The public is invited to view the posters and meet with the students on Monday, Feb. 1, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Yankton Pavilion Atrium, 409 Summit, Yankton; Tuesday, Feb. 2, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Rapid City Regional Hospital Lobby, 353 Fairmont Blvd., Rapid City; and Wednesday, Feb. 3., from noon to 1:30 p.m., on the third floor of the Health Science Center, 1400 W. 22nd St., Sioux Falls.