USD Student Health Service participates in SEARCH The University of South Dakota Student Health Service is participating in the South Dakota Student Resident Experiences and Rotations in Community Health (SEARCH) Project by hosting Damon Nelson, a first year medical student at The University of South Dakota School of Medicine, for a summer placement.
While working at Student Health, Nelson will be completing a community-based health project and gaining preclinical experience.
As a recruitment and retention tool, this project links health professions students with rural or medically undeserved areas in hopes that providing such community-based experiences will encourage students to later practice in a similar community. The program focuses on medical, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, and graduate social work students.
This summer, 18 students will be placed in rural or medically underserved communities of South Dakota.
The SEARCH Project is administered through the Community HealthCare Asso-
ciation, Inc., the state primary care association for South Dakota and North Dakota. The project is funded by the National Health Service Corps, whose mission is to provide primary care to undeserved and vulnerable populations assisting in development, recruitment and retention of community-responsive, culturally competent primary care clinicians.