High school students entering 10th through the 12th grades this fall are eligible to attend the weeklong camp and participate in a variety of hands-on learning and information-gathering activities. Additionally, camp participants will be able to interact with professionals in health care fields, faculty and others relative to the pursuit of careers in health care. Staff advisers from the Sanford School of Medicine and the USD School of Health Sciences will be available during the week to discuss everything from education requirements to future employment opportunities and salaries.

Highlights from previous camps included a gross anatomy lab tour, medical demonstrations, field trips to area medical facilities, and group activities and discussions. Sponsors for the 2009 Healthcare Careers Summer Camp are the Sanford School of Medicine, the USD School of Health Sciences, Sanford Health, Sanford Vermillion Medical Center and the Dakota Hospital Foundation.

The U's Healthcare Careers Summer Camp is open to students from South Dakota, northeast Nebraska, northwest Iowa and southwest Minnesota. Tuition to attend the camp is $50 per student. Meals, lodging, and all educational and recreational activities are provided. All applications require a counselor nomination, a parent or guardian signature, an official school transcript and a personal statement. Application deadline is Thursday, April 30. For more information about the camp or to download an application, please go to www.usd.edu/med/health/camp.cfm or contact Jolane Tomhave with the Sanford School of Medicine at (605) 677-5167 or e-mail jolane.tomhave@usd.edu.

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