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USD Students Gain Interprofessional Experience in Trauma Simulations

Photo of first responder checking heart beat of student at trauma simulation. Students learned how to work with an interdisciplinary health care team at trauma simulations across the state.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Students studying at the University of South Dakota nursing program and the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine participated in trauma and active shooter simulations at the Vermillion and Rapid City campuses last week.

Students learned how to triage, prioritize and stabilize trauma victims in a field setting, including determining which victims to first transport to a hospital.

Students also learned how to work with an interdisciplinary health care team, including first responders like paramedics, flight nurses, and physicians.


USD’s School of Health Sciences is a national leader in interprofessional health sciences education. South Dakota’s comprehensive School of Health Sciences develops scholars, practitioners and leaders in health and human services, including addiction counselors, dental hygienists, health science practitioners, medical laboratory scientists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, public health practitioners and social workers.


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 84 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.