ERIC Number: ED323058
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
[Medical Education Opportunities for Native American Students.] Presentation to Association of American Indian Physicians.
Brandt, Edward N., Jr.
This paper discusses the need for American Indians in the medical profession and urges Native American students to apply to medical school. In the United States 45% of the Indian population is less than 20 years old, compared to 32% of total population. Focusing attention on the health of Indian youth is important. The death rate for Indians is 1.4 times the national rate for ages 1-14 and 1.7 times the national rate for ages 15-24. Indian adolescents have higher "ever used" rates for alcohol and drugs than non-Indian youth. Stimulating Indian youth to attend medical school or other health professional schools is an important step to preserving the future. In the past 8-10 years, however, medical schools have experienced declining enrollment at a rate of 6% per year. Young people may be discouraged by the high tuition costs and length of time required to prepare for practice. It is important to convince students that medical education provides them with an opportunity for a lifetime of service to other people. Medical schools should recognize that the health needs of American Indians require a cadre of committed physicians who understand American Indian culture and the ways to accomplish health goals within that structure. Scientific and technological advances are proceeding at a staggering rate, and opportunities in the medical profession are greater than ever before. (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Indian Physicians (Oklahoma City, OK, 1989).