Fifteen South Dakota communities welcomed 30 health professions students for four weeks during the summer of 2019. The Rural Experiences for Health Professions Students (REHPS) summer experience is designed to bring health professions graduates back to rural South Dakota for rewarding careers. Communities selected to participate in the REHPS summer experience must have populations under 13,000 people and house a critical access hospital.
The 2019 REHPS communities were: Bowdle, Britton, Burke, Chamberlain,Hot Springs, Huron, Martin, Miller, Parkston, Platte, Redfield, Scotland, Sisseton, Sturgis, and Winner. In it’s ninth year, REHPS is designed to not only expose students to the world of rural healthcare, but it also brings two students from different disciplines together for an interprofessional experience. The students were selected in a competitive process. Students are enrolled in one of the following programs at SDSU and USD: clinical psychology, family nurse practitioner, medical, medical laboratory science, occupational therepy, physical therapy, physician assistant, pharmacy, and social work.
REHPS receives funding from the Office of Rural Health/South Dakota Department of Health and is managed by the Yankton Rural Area Health Education Center. Follow the student’s experiences on this site. Click the REHPS banner and student pictures.