Spring 2019 RHS Seminars

All seminars begin in WEEK 2. Only students who are in their first semester of Rural Health Scholars need to attend the orientation during WEEK 1. That RHS orientation will be held Wednesday, January 9, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. All current Rural Health Scholars students should be enrolled in one seminar course. All seminars are pass/fail, one-credit DSU courses. To register: Remember:
  • For seminars, you are still required to do a weekly article and class reflection, due by Saturday at 12:00 midnight to Canvas.
  • You may switch back and forth between seminars if you so choose, especially if you are deciding between different medical disciplines. Please make sure you choose a primary seminar first to attend regularly.


RHS Health Career Exploration Class

Wednesdays – 5:15-6:05 p.m., SCI 113
Taught by Rural Health Scholars Staff

Are you interested in a career healthcare field? This course is the course for you! We will explore the world of healthcare, helping students to identify career paths and the steps necessary to enter each field. We will discuss the requirements for graduate programs, the importance of service, loan forgiveness programs, hear from guest speakers, and learn about current developments in health care. THIS COURSE IS REQUIRED FOR THE ROCKY VISTA EARLY ACCEPTANCE PROGRAM.

*Applicable to ALL Disciplines


Medical Spanish

Mondays - 1:00-1:50 p.m., Edith Whitehead Ed. Bldg. 107
Taught by Lauren Brown

Develop your medical terminology. This course will cover content from Barron’s Spanish for the Health Care Professionals. You should have a basic understanding of the Spanish language before taking this course. This course is suggested for those interested in attending a Spanish-speaking cultural immersion trip (such as the Dominican Republic or Nicaragua) or anyone who may work with Spanish-speaking patients in the future.

*Applicable to ALL Disciplines


Entrance Exam Prep

Students required to attend ONE session per week.
Taught by RHS Staff and Mentors

See Full Schedule Here.

For those taking their entrance exams this spring/summer. This class includes four practice tests in a simulated testing environment on Saturday mornings once per month. The first practice exam is Saturday, January 19, 2019. Tests included are the GRE, MCAT, PCAT, DAT, and OAT. Students can attend whatever subject fit their interest and schedule based on their needs for their entrance exam. Students should plan on attending at least one hour or more per week in order to receive credit for BIOL 3000R. Based on entrance exam, students can pick and choose study sessions to attend. Students are highly encouraged to seek out additional test preparation materials (online, books, courses, etc.) in addition to this RHS course to succeed on entrance exams.

*Applicable for Medical, Dental, Podiatry, Pharmacy, PT, OT, PA, Psychology, other graduate programs


NEW! Practice Management

Wednesdays - 5:30-6:20 p.m., SCI 137
Ashton Prince, DMD, Bloomington Courtyard Dental

Are you a pre-dental or pre-medical student who dreams of owning your own practice one day? Or perhaps a population health or pre-nursing student that wants to manage a practice? Maybe you’re a pre-pharmacy student who wants to own an independent pharmacy? If this is you, then the practice management seminar will offer a great first exposure to how to make it happen. Explore aspects of owning and managing your own practice or business as a healthcare provider. Discuss some of the business aspects of health care and hear from exciting guest speakers.

*Applicable to Dental, Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Optometry Health Administration, and any other students wishing to own a private practice at some point.


Healthcare Ethics

Fridays - 9:00-9:50 a.m., HCC 477
Elijah Fielding, PA-C, Red Rock Pediatrics

Are there times when it’s acceptable to cover up or avoid revealing a mistake if that mistake would not cause harm to the patient? This seminar will explore these types of dilemmas in healthcare, while introducing students to the ethical norms and expectations of the healthcare profession. As future healthcare providers, students need to develop their own set of ethics and standards by which they will practice, this seminar is an excellent start. Students of all levels and disciplines of Rural Health Scholars are highly encouraged to join this semester.

*Applicable to ALL Disciplines


The Opioid Crisis and Addiction in Utah - ONLINE

Taught by Rita Osborn, MBA, Director of Southern Utah AHEC

This seminar will explore the challenges for all health professionals (physicians, PAs, nurses, pharmacists, and others) as they cope with the issues involving prescription and non-prescription issues. Topics will include the opioid epidemic, mental health medication management, Big Pharma, and other addictions as they apply to the state of Utah. Students in all levels and disciplines of Rural Health Scholars are encouraged to join this seminar.

Online Format - This course will be offered completely online. You will have an article, video, or recorded lecture to view each week (no longer than 50 minutes of material). You will review this on your own time, and complete your reflection about this material. Attendance will be given upon successful completion of your weekly reflection. All other RHS assignments will still apply to you (peer mentor meetings, social media, etc.).

*Applicable to ALL Disciplines

NOTE: This course has a capacity of 30 students.


NEW! Shriner's Hospital Ambassadors

Thursdays - 6:00-6:50 p.m., SCI 109
Taught by Hana Hanks and Kasey Shakespear, MHA, MPA, MA

Shriner’s Hospital for Children is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and other special healthcare needs within a compassionate, family-centered and collaborative care environment. The Shriner’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, UT needs Ambassadors to help educate our community about the services that Shriner’s has to offer.

Hana Hanks, a current DSU RHS student, will act as the student leader for this class. This seminar is specifically for those looking for volunteer, leadership and/or patient exposure hours.

*Applicable to Medical, Nursing, Health Administration, Public Health, and Med. Radiology

NOTE: This course has a capacity of 15 students.


NEW! Professionalism in Healthcare

Tuesdays - 5:00-5:50 p.m., Udvar-Hazy 104
Taught by Eric Belair, Dixie State University Exercise Science Advisor

First appearances are everything, it’s no different in the professional world. From your email, voicemail, and social media, to your interview, you are making first impressions throughout your undergraduate experience. This course is designed with that in mind. Come learn how to effectively dress and behave in volunteer and shadowing experiences, how to create a strong virtual presence, and how to effectively communicate to help open doors throughout your time at DSU that might help get you into that program you are aiming for!

This course is all about personal branding and branding yourself as up and coming health professional!

*Applicable to ALL Disciplines