BVU has unique academic and professional development opportunities that allow you to explore, prepare for, and enter a career in the health professions, including paid internships to selected students who have an interest in practicing rural medicine.
Each year, at least three pre-med students are selected for the URMED program, in which they intern at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake and three other area hospitals over the course of January interim. Each participating student receives a $3,000 stipend to help defray expenses associated with applying to medical school. The program also provides professional enrichment opportunities for pre-professional students interested in physical therapy, radiology, optometry, and pharmacy careers in rural settings.
The Rural Health Fellowship is a January interim internship during which participating students spend three weeks in the fields of dentistry, chiropractic medicine, physical therapy or occupational therapy. The program offers a $1,000 stipend to help defray expenses associated with pursuing a career in medicine.
Students practice basic lab documentation procedures while enjoying food prepared during a grilling contest. The contest is part of "The Chemistry of Food," where students learn the chemistry behind how food is prepared. Read more...