Office of American Indians in Medicine and Science
The Office of American Indians in Medicine and Science (AIMS) is OSU Center for Health Sciences’ designated organization for developing Native people as physicians, researchers and educators who will improve the health and wellness for citizens of Oklahoma and beyond.
Improving Health Care for Tribal Communities
SImilar to the primary tenets of the osteopathic philosophy, many American Indians believe the mind, body, and spirit are inseparable units when it comes to health and wellness. Improving the overall health of American Indian communities requires the commitment of many including university and tribal leaders who must maintain trust and meaningful partnerships aimed at training the next generation of American Indian health care providers, researcher, and educators.
AIMS partners with Oklahoma-based tribes to coalesce traditional ways and culture with western medicine in osteopathic and biomedical training programs to improve the health and wellness of Oklahoma’s tribal and rural citizens. Through recruitment, training, and tribal partnerships, AIMS is helping to address the local health care needs of the American Indian population in Oklahoma.
Providing Opportunities and Support for American Indian Students
AIMS strives to increase the number of American Indians applying and accepted to programs in osteopathic medicine and graduate programs including the School of Allied Health, School of Biomedical Sciences, School of Forensic Sciences, and the School of Health Care Administration. Success and retention for American Indian students are a high priority for the AIMS office.
Tribal Health Education Opportunities for Medical Students
Summer Tribal Externship: Students participate in a two-week rotation designed to introduce them to tribal healthcare and culture, as well as, prepare them for tribal and rural clerkships. Click here for SRE/STE Application and here for SRE/STE Syllabus.
Tribal Medical Track: The Tribal Medical Track prepares medical students for a primary care residency at tribal facilities and a successful practice in tribal, rural and underserved Oklahoma. The tribal medical track offers unique learning opportunities for motivated students to fully develop their skills, knowledge and abilities to succeed in a challenging practice environment while learning about the rich cultures of American Indians.
A key facet of the tribal medical track is tribal-based clinical education. Beginning with a summer externship at a tribal hospital or clinic shadowing a tribal physician after the first year of medical school. 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. Students work side-by-side with tribal physicians learning the skills and performing the tasks necessary for a successful practice within a tribal facility. Click here for TMT Application and Scoring Rubric. Tribal Medical Track Information and Syllabus coming soon.