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 More than 50 high school students from around the Black Hills had an opportunity to explore the various healthcare careers  during a recent Scrubs Camp at Black Hills State University.

More than 50 high school students from around the Black Hills had an opportunity to explore the various healthcare careers  during a recent Scrubs Camp at Black Hills State University.

Despite the wintery weather, 51 students attended the day-long event sponsored by the South Dakota Department of Health, according to Hasina Ahmad, BHSU distance education coordinator. 

“We are facing a serious shortage of healthcare providers in our country particularly in South Dakota,” Ahmad said. “The South Dakota Department of Health has taken the initiative to make the high school students aware of the challenges, opportunities and benefits of the healthcare professions. Scrubs Camp is on important aspect of that effort, and we, at BHSU, are very proud to be a part of that effort. “ 

Students heard from professionals in a variety of healthcare fields including physical therapy, dental hygiene, pharmacy, radiology, nursing, respiratory care, diet and nutrition, healthcare finance, psychology and pediatric and adolescent medicine. This was the first year for healthcare finance and pediatric medicine. “I try to add new topics every year,” Ahmad said. They also had a chance to experience many hands-on activities throughout the day. 

Camps are held throughout the state and each one is tailored to the interests of the students in that area. Ahmad also noted that Linda Daugaard, the first lady of South Dakota, has taken personal interest in the statewide Scrubs Camps as a way to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.