Yankton Rural AHEC hosted 70 students on October 4th, 2017 at the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital Professional Office Pavilion in Yankton, SD. Students were able to participate in eight different presentations throughout the day focusing on various healthcare careers. In the morning, students were able to participate in lectures and hands-on sessions with presenters from: USD Physical Therapy; First Chiropractic Center; SDSU Pharmacy; and Yankton County EMS. Between the morning and afternoon sessions, the students were able to visit with exhibitors from seven different organizations. Exhibitors included: USD Sanford School of Medicine; USD Health Sciences Major; Mount Marty College Admissions and Nursing; Dakota Wesleyan University; Avera Health; SDSU Pharmacy; and Mitchell Technical Institute. After lunch and perusing the exhibitor space, students began the afternoon session with more hands-on activities from: Coach Rozy Performance-Powered by Avera Sports Yankton, USD Dental Hygiene; USD Occupational Therapy; and Hy-Vee’s Dietitian. The students all had a fantastic time participating in different activities such as making a healthy snack, compounding medicine, watching acupuncture, and working with assistive devices. Yankton Rural AHEC is grateful to have so many wonderful community members that were able to help make the Yankton Scrubs Camp such a success! We look forward to hosting another Scrubs Camp next year. For more information on the Yankton Scrubs Camps or Scrubs Camps in your area, please contact Corryn Celmer at 605-655-8290 or visit: www.scrubscamps.sd.gov
Pictured are students attending the “Road to Becoming a Registered Dietitian” session.
Scrubs Camps are designed for 9th through 12th grade high school students with an interest in healthcare. There is no charge to attend, lunch is provided. Parents also are welcome to attend with their students. Pre-registration for camps is necessary.
One of the most pressing issues facing the healthcare industry today is the critical need for healthcare providers. This is especially true for South Dakota. In the coming years, thousands of additional healthcare workers will be needed in South Dakota. Scrubs Camps were designed to encourage students in South Dakota to consider pursuing a career in healthcare.