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South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota Students Attend USD Healthcare Careers Camp

The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine hosted 40 students from four states at the ninth annual Healthcare Careers Summer Camp.

Soon-to-be sophomore, junior and senior high school students from South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota had an opportunity in June to learn about health care professions and meet with more than 30 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, USD Sanford School of Medicine and Southeast Technical Institute were also made available to campers.

Students participating in this year’s camp:

  • South Dakota: Megan Kingsriter of Aberdeen; Breanna Swee and Caitlin Worth, of Beresford; Laycee Cain, Jacob McAninch, Jade Müller-Smit, Rusal Ali, Yosan Tsegai, Katherine Rust, Emma Duprey and Jordan DeBoer of Sioux Falls; Jessa Ziegeldorf of Brandon; Jaylynn Stocklin of Eagle Butte; Sierra Smith of Lantry; Jadyn Woodward of Dupree; Cole Brand of Faulkton; Marlee Jones of Groton; Garrett Tiehen of Harrisburg; Bernadette Stelzle, Paige Werner and Grace Sutton of Rapid City; Amber Buskness, Amanda Ricke and Sydney Swenson of Madison; Rachael Boekelheide of Northville; Elizabeth Heidenreich of Brentford; Deidre Lamb of Onida; Jennifer Gillaspie, Shaina Seidel and Kathleen Zickrick of Pierre; Sophia Taggart of Vermillion; Tiffany Divine of Wakonda; and Hannah Williams of Yankton.
  • Minnesota: Victoria Sheldon of Apple Valley and Morghan Byrnes of Pipestone.
  • Iowa: Derrick Okine, Jonathon Landeros and Esmeralda Saucedo of Sioux City.
  • Nebraska: Danae Smith of Neligh.

Sponsorship of the ninth annual Healthcare Careers Summer Camp was provided by Sanford Vermillion Medical Center, the Dakota Hospital Foundation, Delta Dental of South Dakota Foundation, Sanford Canton-Inwood Medical Center, Sanford Health Burke Medical Clinic, Sanford Jackson (Minnesota) Medical Center, Sanford School of Medicine, Northeast South Dakota Health Education Center, USD School of Health Sciences, Sanford Health, and the Seventh District Medical Society.

The 10th annual Healthcare Careers Summer Camp is tentatively scheduled for June 19-24, 2016. Registration is open to students entering 10th through 12th grades in the fall of 2016. Students are selected to participate based on their academic record, previous volunteer experience and a personal statement written by the student.


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