HRMC Hosts Health Professions Students
June 25, 2021
For the fourth year, Huron Regional Medical Center recently welcomed health professions students for a four-week rural health experience. Riley Schaap, University of South Dakota (USD) medical student from Beresford, SD, and South Dakota State University (SDSU) pharmacy student Trent LaCanne from Windom, MN, followed providers at HRMC and its clinics.
Huron joins 10 other South Dakota communities, with populations under 14,000, selected to participate in Rural Experiences for Health Professions Students (REHPS). The program is designed to bring health professions graduates, who are selected through a competitive process, to rural South Dakota for rewarding careers.
While in Huron, LaCanne and Schaap spent time in most all of the departments within the hospital and clinics and also had the opportunity to round with doctors caring for inpatients as well as observe various procedures in radiology and surgery.
“HRMC provided the perfect environment for the objectives I had for my REHPS experience,” explained Schaap, who recently completed a clinic rotation in Winner, S.D. “The freedom to experience many different areas of care and the involvement from the doctors definitely add to my overall knowledge base as I head into my last year of medical school.”
“I was given the opportunity to shadow all different kinds of departments throughout the hospital – some that I haven’t and wouldn’t have experienced as a pharmacy student,” explained LaCanne. “The time I’ve spent here and the people I’ve met and gotten to work with definitely made an impact on me.”
In addition to experiences in the hospital, LaCanne and Schaap got involved in the community, which is one of the requirements of the REHPS program. The duo presented summer and sun safety information at Safety City and also shared prevention and treatment tips on heat exhaustion and skin cancer at an employee safety meeting at Dakota Energy.
“When selecting a site to host REHPS students, we look for a facility interested in the education of health professions students along with an understanding of the importance of giving them a first-hand look at how rewarding a career in rural medicine can be and we are so thankful to the team at Huron Regional for continuing to work with our students,” said Cheri Buffington, REHPS Program Director.
REHPS receives funding from the Office of Rural Health/South Dakota Department of Health and is managed by the Southeast South Dakota Area Health Education Center.
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