Medical School, Duluth Campus welcomes record number of Native American students

The newest class of students at the Medical School, Duluth Campus includes 12 Native Americans — the most in a single class in the school’s history. 

The Medical School — and its Duluth Campus, specifically — has a strong tradition of training American Indian and Alaska Native physicians; the school’s 182 Native American graduates are the second-most of any medical school in the country. 

Still, Native doctors make up less than 1 percent of physicians nationwide, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges, a fact that underscores the continued importance of recruiting and training Native students, says Paula Termuhlen, M.D., regional campus dean of the Medical School, Duluth Campus.

“The focused mission of our Duluth Campus has made a significant impact,” Termuhlen says, “which continues as we proudly matriculate our largest number of Native American students in our school’s history and support them on their journey to becoming physicians.”  

Published on October 15, 2019