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Student Experience at Rice Hospital

Rice Memorial Hospital is a hospital dedicated to the
education of those entering the field of health care. Rice is licensed for 136 beds and provides care to over 220,000 patients.

With a service area that encompasses 14 counties of West Central and SouthwestMinnesota, Rice is an excellent clinical setting for many students.

There are 32 medical specialties represented in our area. Professional staff at Rice Hospital work together and support each other in a collaborate practice to provide high quality patient care.

  • Job Shadowing
  • Dental Clinic

Rice Memorial Hospital (Rice) provides job shadowing opportunities for students who are interested in a healthcare profession.  Students experience a healthcare professional’s job by following a Rice employee and observing how patient care is provided.

To set up a job shadowing experience at Rice, students need to contact the Rice Job Shadow Coordinator, Matt Zupke at ( to arrange the experience and obtain the necessary paperwork.  

  • The appointment should be set up through the job shadow coordinator.
  • Students should be a high school junior or higher.
  • The suggested time spent shadowing is at least two hours and no more than eight hours.

There will be additional information sent out after the coordinator has been contacted.  The information will cover Standards of Excellence, Privacy & Confidentiality, and Infection Control.  A signature is required for each section; a parent’s signature is required for anyone under the age of 18.  These guidelines are designed to give a quality job shadowing experience while ensuring that Rice Hospital continues to provide the highest level of care to our patients.

Rice Regional Dental Clinic

The Rice Regional Dental Clinic is a collaborative effort
between Rice Memorial Hospital and the University of
Minnesota School of Dentistry in order to educate dental students.

The Dental Clinic is equipped with ten dental chairs and state-of-the-art dental equipment. Four dental students, one dental therapy student, one pediatric dental resident, and two dental hygiene students spend a one-month rotation through the clinic on a year-round basis.

For more information about Rice Regional Dental Clinic contact:
320.214.2620 or

Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

Rice and the Willmar community host the Southern site for the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) for the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center.

AHEC is a federal/state cooperative agreement that aims to education students of health professions in medically underserved areas of the state.

AHEC is a collaborative effort with other communities in the region to promote existing health programs and to bring community and University interests together to address healthcare workforce concerns in the region.

For more information about AHEC contact:

Wendy Foley, Program Coordinator
or 320.231.4376

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