ERIC Number: ED262934
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
Beiswenger, James N., Ed.; Jeanotte, Holly, Ed.
Described as a survival manual for Indian women in medicine, this collected work contains diverse pieces offering inspiration and practical advice for Indian women pursuing or considering careers in medicine. Introductory material includes two legends symbolizing the Medicine or Spirit Woman's role in Indian culture and an overview of Indians Into Medicine (INMED) including the participation of women in the program. Chapter 2 reviews the role of Indian women in history, emphasizing their heritage of equal status and leadership in tribal governments. In Chapter 3 Lois Steele, M.D., writes a personal narrative about the pros and cons of medical school and work as a physician. Chapter 4 presents short biographies of Susan La Flesche-Picotte and Lillie Rosa Minoka Hill, the first American Indian women physicians in the United States. Chapter 5-8 discuss stereotypes that affect Indian women pursuing professional careers, experiences of individuals who have succeeded in medical school, and child rearing concerns of Indian parents leading non-traditional lives. Chapter 9 presents spiritual advice contributed by INMED board member Constance Jackson, and chapter 10 summarizes the accomplishments of several Indian nurses. The final chapter suggests various ways to cope with the stresses of medical school, including discrimination against minorities and women. (JHZ)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indian Education, American Indians, Biographies, Coping, Females, Higher Education, Legends, Medical Education, Medical Schools, Medical Students, Nurses, Personal Narratives, Physicians, Pregnant Students, Racial Bias, Sex Bias, Sex Stereotypes, Social Support Groups, Values, Womens Education
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Collected Works - General; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Women's Educational Equity Act Program (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Dakota Univ., Grand Forks. School of Medicine.