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Medical Student Education and Training

Improve clinical education and cultural competence for American Indian health issues and social determinants of health through the curriculum, research, and community outreach.

Summer Tribal Externship

During the summer between their first and second year of medical school, students may participate in a summer externship at a tribal hospital or clinic shadowing a physician. This is a two-week rotation designed to introduce medical students to tribal healthcare, culture, and prepare them for tribal and rural clerkships.

Applications due 28 February 2024.



Tribal Medical Track

The Tribal Medical Track prepares medical students for a primary care residency (family, pediatric, surgery, emergency medicine, internal medicine, and surgery) at tribal facilities or available facilities focused on tribal healthcare. The tribal medical track offers unique learning opportunities for motivated students to fully develop their clinical training and knowledge to succeed in a challenging practice environment while learning about the rich cultures of American Indians. A key attribute of the tribal medical track is tribal-based clinical education with cultural competencies. Students in the tribal medical track will have the opportunity to complete most of their required clinical education in tribal (rural and urban) and rural settings. 


Historically Underserved Populations Focus Course

HUP is required for all second year medical students. 


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