Native Americans have high rates of health disparities and the lowest number of applicants to medical school.
Connection? We think so.
American Indians/Alaska Natives (AIANs) face some of the most striking health inequities in the United States, living with the highest rates of heart, lung, and blood disease, AND dying younger than any other racial or ethnic group.
Indigenous faculty members, American Indians/Alaska Natives (AIAN) and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (NHPI) represent the smallest percentage of medical school faculty at 0.11% and 0.18% respectively.
The lack of AIAN role models in academic medical centers and health clinics may adversely affect indigenous health as well as a students decision to pursue a medical career. Training more indigenous people in the health professions has the potential to have a significant impact on AIAN health.
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