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Students from South Dakota Iowa Nebraska and Minnesota participate in Healthcare Careers Summer Camp

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine hosted 40 high school students at the seventh annual Healthcare Careers Summer Camp, June 16-21.

Soon-to-be sophomore, junior and senior high school students from South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota had an opportunity to learn about health care professions and meet with more than 20 professionals representing a wide range of specialty areas. In addition to daily sessions that introduced students to the gross anatomy lab, administering EKGs and CPR certification, camp participants were able to speak directly with presenters and ask career-minded questions about the health care industry. Tours of the Sanford Medical Centers in Vermillion and Sioux Falls, Southeast Technical Institute and the Parry Center for Clinical Skills and Simulation were also made available to campers.

Students participating in this year’s camp were Kiley Reecy of Dell Rapids, S.D.; Stella Sanderson of Piedmont, S.D.; Nicole Clemen, Jena Dreyer, Alexander Georgiev, Victor Georgiev, Carter Kerber, Breann Roosenboom and Samuel Happeny of Sioux Falls, S.D.; Hanna Leschisin of Eden, S.D.; Drake Burnision and Colin Claeys of Huron, S.D.; Meghan Hofer of Dolton, S.D.; Jayce Huska, Ethan James and Abby Weiss of Vermillion, S.D.; Brooke Kuehl of Elkton, S.D.; Malia Weinandt of Dakota Dunes, S.D.; Harmoni Bahr, Hannah Steinley, Beth Schlosser and Samantha Letcher of Rapid City, S.D.; Megan Stulken, Sydney Lee, Abby Lingle of Pierre, S.D.; Brooke Bialas of Deadwood, S.D.; Irma Micijevic of Brookings, S.D.; Kallison Kasto of Eagle Butte, S.D.; Holly Voges of Worthing, S.D.; Heather Hauer of Mission Hill, S.D.; Jaclyn Arens of Yankton, S.D.; Mackenzie Buechler of McLaughlin, S.D.; Joseph Folchert and Nicole Mutchler of Sioux City, Iowa; Shelby Van Den Berg of Sioux Center, Iowa; Sawyer Stevens of Marshall, Minn.; Brooke Rasmussen of Bingham Lake, Minn.; Taylor Mead of Blair, Neb.; Molly Atkeson of O’Neill, Neb.; and Morgan Bathke of Dixon, Neb.

Sponsorship of the seventh annual Healthcare Careers Summer Camp was provided by Sanford Vermillion Medical Center, the Dakota Hospital Foundation, Sanford School of Medicine, USD School of Health Sciences, Sanford Health, Delta Dental of South Dakota Philanthropic and the 7th District Medical Society.

The eighth annual Healthcare Careers Summer Camp is tentatively scheduled for June 15-20, 2014. Registration is open to students entering 10th through 12th grades in the fall of 2014. Students are selected to participate based on their academic record, previous volunteer experience and a personal statement provided by the student. More information about the camp is available at or by calling (605) 677-7288.


USD's Sanford School of Medicine is nationally known for excellence. With its award-winning curriculum, the school prepares medical students to practice in all fields of medicine and is particularly recognized and ranked for its reputation in family medicine and rural medicine. In addition to the M.D., it offers graduate degrees in basic biomedical science, sustains a vibrant and forward-looking research agenda, and is home to the interdisciplinary Center for Brain and Behavioral Research.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.


Hanna DeLange
USD News