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High school students learn about medical, health professions at USD's 2014 Healthcare Careers Summer Camp

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine hosted 41 high school students from four Midwestern states at the eighth annual Healthcare Careers Summer Camp last month.

High school students that will be sophomores, juniors and seniors this fall had an opportunity to learn about health care occupations and meet with more than 25 professionals that represented a wide range of specialty areas of medicine and health care. In addition to daily sessions that introduced students to the gross anatomy lab and CPR certification, camp attendees administered EKGs, toured the Sanford Medical Centers in Vermillion and Sioux Falls, learned more about the South Dakota Area Health Education Center, and visited the Southeast Technical Instituted campus in Sioux Falls.

Students participating in this year’s camp were Evianna Blaha of Dante, S.D.; Katelynn Buchholz of Avon, S.D.; Kjerstin Williams of Brandon, S.D.; Sage Bocian of North Sioux City, S.D.; Zane Treloar of McCook Lake, S.D.; Emma Tuttle of Dakota Dunes, S.D.; Taiya Bunde and Lydia Olson of Garretson, S.D.; Emily Brown of Spencer, S.D.; Kierra Determan, Tasha Determan, Hailey Doyle and Madison Trabing of Alexandria, S.D.; Hannah Cantrell of Buffalo Gap, S.D.; Megan Rawstern of Wolsey, S.D.; Ally Goldammer of Mitchell, S.D.; Renee Gallagher, Kimberly Grambihler, Brinkley Lyon and Marie Zander of Pierre, S.D.; Katie Kost, Kayla Stammer and Natalie Swanson of Vermillion, S.D.; Leslie Alarcon, Kendyll Albrecht, Alexandra Foxhoven, Kristen Steiner, Anna Wuestewald and Danielle Beckmann of Yankton, S.D.; Charlotte Ekeren of Volin, S.D.; Madeleine Logue of Mission Hill, S.D.; Bailey Weeks, Annamarie Dotzler, Gayle Hatten and Ikram Omar of Sioux City, Iowa; Michaela Bretey of Le Mars, Iowa; Rachel Kehrberg of Hinton, Iowa; Madeleine Kennedy of Pipestone, Minn.; Jonathon Hofer and Logan Spencer of O’Neill, Neb.; Makala Michka of Stuart, Neb.

The eighth annual Healthcare Careers Summer Camp was sponsored 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, the 7th District Medical Society, Northeast Area Health Education Center, Yankton Rural AHEC and the South Dakota Office of Rural Health.

The ninth Healthcare Careers Summer Camp is scheduled for June 14-19, 2015 on the USD campus. Registration is open to students entering 10th through 12th grades in the fall of 2015. Students are selected to participate based on their academic record, previous volunteer experience and a personal statement written by the student. More information about the camp can be found online 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.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News