Of the more than 88,000 students enrolled in U.S. medical schools last year, a mere 223 were Native Americans. That’s according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. The Indian Health Service offers several scholarships to encourage more Native students to consider the field of medicine. We’ll talk with two prominent Native doctors and a nurse about what it takes to go into the medical field.
Dr. Arne Vainio (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe) – family practice physician on the Fond du Lac reservation in Minnesota
Dr. Mary Owen (Tlingit) – director of the Center of American Indian and Minority Health at the University of Minnesota Medical
CAPT Celissa Stephens (Choctaw) – chief nurse and director of division of nursing services at the Indian Health Service
Break music: Vipismal – The Hummingbird Song (song) Earl Ray (artist) Traditional Songs Of The Salt River Pima (album)