Why I chose the University of Minnesota Medical School
I chose the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus because of its strong commitment to Native health. This school offers opportunities unlike any other medical school to do rural preceptorship on reservations in MN and Wisconsin. In addition, everyone is required to take formal classes on Native culture and health in their first year of medical school. Lastly, the small class size allows students to get to know the professors and offer individualized support.
I participated in various public health research projects in undergrad through Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Michigan State University Epidemiology and Biostats Department, and Michigan State University CHM Institute for Health Policy. I plan on pursuing my MPH degree while in medical school.
Family medicine, OBGYN
Since moving to Duluth, I have become actively involved in the Duluth Native community. I joined the Anishinaabe women’s running group “kwepack” (ikwe is Ojibwe for women). Through this running group, I have formed close relationships with the Ojibwe women in the group, which has allowed me to participate in ceremony on the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation. I also Jingle Dress Dance in local pow wows. In addition, I have volunteered at American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO) with the youth program. I am also volunteering at a high school in Duluth to mentor and tutor Native youth. The Native youth in Duluth have one of the lowest high school graduation rates. I have also interned at my tribal clinic on my home reservation.
Michigan State University
Distance running, dancing in pow wow, yoga, hiking, camping