In order to address numerous vacancies in the health-related fields, the Lead Deadwood School District has incorporated a health care class into its high school curriculum, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Students in the class will be introduced to a variety of health care topics ranging from trips to the pharmacy to learning how to intubate patients. Job shadowing is also part of the new class, which allows students the opportunity to see careers first hand.
Dr. Bree Oatman, who instructs the class, also started a Health Occupations Students of America group called Future Health Professionals Club. The club is the first of its kind in western South Dakota. Through the class and club, students are more readily able to determine whether or not a health care profession suits their interests and career goals.
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