Published On: Fri, Jan 7th, 2011

Programs available for Native Students interested in Health Careers

The Association of American Indian Physicians has listed several programs for high school and undergraduate students interested in pursuing health careers. A sample of those programs include:

14th Annual Patty Iron Cloud National Native American Youth Initiative
http://www.aaip.org/?page=NNAYI
June 18 – 26 in Washington D.C.
The Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) is now accepting applications for the 14th Annual Patty Iron Cloud National Native American Youth Initiative, which will be held on the George Washington University campus in Washington D.C., June 18 – 26.  American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) high school students, ages 16- 18, who have an interest in the health field and/or biomedical research are encouraged to apply. Selected high school students will receive a scholarship that will cover airfare, lodging, and most meals during the NNAYI program. High school student application deadline is March 25.

Four Directions Summer Research Program
http://www.fdsrp.org/
Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) offers a 8 week program for undergraduate students with commitment to the health of Native American communities.  Students will engage in basic, clinical or translational research projects under the supervision of a BWH faculty advisors.  Students will also receive professional development training, meet faculty from across the hospital and medical school, and participate in social networking events.  Program covers students housing, travel costs to and from Boston, and provide a stipend for the summer.  Application deadline is Feb. 12 and  will be notified of their selection by March 5.

UW Summer Medical Dental Education Program
http://www.smdep.org
The University of Washington, School of Medicine’s Office of Multicultural Affairs offers a unique opportunity for college freshman and sophomores interested in medicine and dentistry. The Summer Medical Dental Education Program (SMDEP) is a six-week enrichment program offers each scholar intensive enrichment in core science courses, clinical exposure, mentor shadowing and much more.  The UW simultaneously aims to provide its participants with a deeper understanding of the needs of underserved communities within a supportive and diverse environment. It is intended for students who are from disadvantaged backgrounds (economic, geographic, education) and/or students who are underrepresented in medicine (racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population). Travel, housing, meals and a stipend will be provided.  Deadline March 1.  Rolling admissions.

– Source:  Association of American Indian Physicians

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