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Release Date Thursday, November 14, 2019

Learn About Careers in Healthcare at Pre-Med@Mines

Students and their families are invited to Pre-Med @ Mines to explore careers in healthcare with an emphasis on the interconnectedness between engineering, science and healthcare. 


Thinking about a career in healthcare? Then don’t miss Pre-Med @ Mines on Monday, Nov. 18, at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.

Students and their families are invited to Pre-Med @ Mines to explore careers in healthcare with an emphasis on the interconnectedness between engineering, science and healthcare. Register here.

Pre-Med @ Mines begins at 4 p.m., at the Pearson Alumni Center on the SD Mines campus, and includes a panel discussion with current Pre-Health SD Mines students and healthcare professionals. The panel includes Dr. Erika Toyoda, a family practice provider at Rapid City Medical Center; Levi Franz, a medical student at University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine in Vermillion; and Caryn Hazard and Cade Nathan, pre-health students at SD Mines. 

The panel discussion will be followed by a pre-health expo from 5:15 to 6 p.m. at the Surbeck Center. The expo will include the SD Mines Biomedical Engineering Society; representatives from various departments including biomedical engineering, chemical and biological engineering, chemistry, biology & health sciences, electrical engineering and physics; representatives from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry; reps from USD Sanford School of Medicine; SD Mines Pre-Health Pathways; and more.  

SD Mines offers a Pre-Professional Health Sciences major, which prepares students for entry into graduate and professional programs, including medical and dental school, physical and occupational therapy programs, physician assistant and chiropractic programs, optometry programs and more. Many students from engineering and science majors also choose to go on to healthcare programs, including medical school. Employment in healthcare jobs is expected to grow 14% from 2018 to 2028, “much faster than the average for all occupations,” adding 1.9 million new jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Pre-Med @ Mines is part of Health Professions Week at Mines, an event designed to help current SD Mines students explore the myriad of careers in healthcare. Throughout the week, students will have access to a pre-health expo, the Regional Health Mobile Simulation Lab, occupational therapy demonstrations, presentations by various healthcare specialties, a dinner with local healthcare providers, tours of local facilities, a meet-and-greet with medical students and more. 

“Mines has a thriving pre-health student community, and we are excited to be hosting events and activities during Health Professions Week,” says Johnica Morrow, Ph.D., the Pre-Health Pathways Advisor at Mines. “There are many majors at Mines that prepare students for professional programs in healthcare, and we offer a variety of support services beyond the classroom that help those students gain the knowledge and skills that they need to succeed in health careers.”

Media are invited to Pre-Med @ Mines and to Health Professions Week events. To see times and locations, go to https://sdsmtatrium.blogspot.com/.  



About South Dakota Mines  

Founded in 1885, South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities. South Dakota Mines offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and a best-in-class education at an affordable price. The university enrolls 2,529 students with an average class size of 24. The South Dakota Mines placement rate for graduates is 96 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $66,500. For these reasons College Factual ranks South Dakota Mines, the #1 Engineering School for Return on Investment. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on FacebookTwitterLinkedInInstagram and Snapchat.  

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