REHPS, Rural Experiences for Health Professions Students, Summer Experience Program helps place university students who are enrolled in clinical psychology, master of social work, medical, medical laboratory science, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, and pharmacy programs in a four week experience with preceptors established in rural or frontier areas of South Dakota. The students are paired together, promoting interprofessional studies, and are required to complete a community project during their experience. Students are exposed to all aspects of a rural healthcare community.The program encourages rural communities to welcome students and form strong bonds; laying the groundwork for the likelihood those students may return to work/practice in their rural community.
1. To increase the number of health profession students who have a positive experience in a rural South Dakota setting.
2. To promote interprofessional learning.