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USD Medical School Among National Leaders in Producing Rural Physicians

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VERMILLION, S.D. – According to U.S. News and World Report’s 2020 analysis of medical schools in the United States, the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine ranked No. 6 among the nation’s 160 medical education programs for the percentage of its graduates who practice in rural areas. Read more.

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Monthly AHEC Scholar Profile - March 2021

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Meet one of our 2020 AHEC Scholars! This month we are excited to feature Matie Engel-Linton, a Biomedical Engineering student at South Dakota Mines.

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USD-Rapid City prepares the next generation of nurses for the Black Hills community

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Nurses are some of our most highly respected professionals for their skills, knowledge and commitment to patient care. Their place at the frontline of health care is vital, yet the nation faces a shortage of registered nurses even as the need intensifies.

At the University of South Dakota (USD) - Rapid City, the nursing program is committed to producing the next generation of nurses through a unique interprofessional model that teaches students not only how to care for patients with diverse needs but how to work as a team with other medical professionals.

Read more in the Rapid City Journal article here.

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Sanford announces $300 million for rural health care access

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Today Sanford Health announced a groundbreaking $300 million initiative to transform rural care delivery, improving access to affordable, high-quality health care for generations to come. Read more at their page.

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Monthly AHEC Scholar Profile - February 2021

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Meet one of our 2020 AHEC Scholars! This month we are excited to feature Gabrielle Smith, a student at South Dakota Mines pursuing a triple major.

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Monthly AHEC Scholar Profile - January 2021

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Meet one of our 2020 AHEC Scholars! This month we are excited to feature Meghan Fedele, BSN-RN, who is a graduate of the University of South Dakota nursing program in Rapid City.

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U.S. Department of Labor Announces $40 Million To Address Rural Health Care Workforce Shortages

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West River AHEC is one of 17 organizations from across the country to receive funding through the H-1B Rural healthcare Grant Program. Read more here.

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Monthly AHEC Scholar Profile - December 2020

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Meet one of our 2020 AHEC Scholars! This month we are excited to feature Maddy Gromer, a Cell Biology and Neuroscience major at Montana State University.

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