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Healthcare Students from USD and SDSU to Receive Disaster Readiness Training March 20

More than 300 healthcare students from the University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University will gather at the University of South Dakota on Friday, March 20 for the fifth annual Disaster Training day.

Disaster experts and certified trainers will prepare students studying different healthcare disciplines at the two universities to assist the public during a disaster. Students from SDSU include those studying pharmacy and medical laboratory. USD students come from the school of health sciences, including nursing, physical therapy, dental hygiene, occupational therapy, social work, medical laboratory, physician assistant, school of medicine, and also from USD’s clinical psychology department.

Students can become certified in Core Disaster Life Support from the National Disaster Life Support Foundation (NDLSF) at the training, and can register with South Dakota’s Department of Heath Statewide Emergency Registry of Volunteers (SERV SD). This registry coordinates the pre-registration of medical and healthcare professionals who are willing to volunteer during disaster situations.

Public assistance from properly prepared healthcare students during disasters has proven to be valuable. Since 2010, South Dakota has experienced 14 federally designated disasters.

The event is coordinated by the South Dakota Department of Health, the USD Sanford School of Medicine, USD School of Health Sciences, SDSU, the NDLSF Training Center for the Upper Midwest, and the Yankton Rural Area Health Education Center. Funding for the event comes from the federal Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information about South Dakota disaster preparedness training, contact Cheri Buffington at Yankton Rural Area Health Education Center in Yankton, SD, at 605-655-1407.


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