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USD students participate in hands-on cardiology

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USD students listened to patients' hearts at a mock clinic Thursday. USD students listened to patients' hearts at a mock clinic Thursday.

Cardiovascular professionals in Sioux City were focused on helping to build the future Thursday.

Cardiovascular Associates hosted about 60 students from the University of South Dakota's School of Medicine at its newly-opened clinic on Sunnybrook Drive.

Students teamed up in groups and had a chance to listen to the hearts of patients.

The mock clinic provided an opportunity for students to get a change of pace in their learning.

"In the classroom, you can only do so much," says Dr. Jon Peacock. "There's textbook learning, learning off slides, learning off mannequins, but it's a really big help to them to have real patients that they can hear the actual murmurs and be able to talk to and examine."

The experience allowed students a chance to see patients and examine different types of heart valves.

Students say the hands-on opportunity was refreshing and a good way to transfer the skills learned in the classroom.

"A lot of medical schools, it's the grind of studying and facts and those kinds of things, whereas this way we can put the information we learned in the classroom into an actual real-life experience," said student Joe Anderson.

Students typically only have the opportunity to practice medicine on simulators at USD.

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