American Indian Health

The Geisel School of Medicine has a long history of partnering with the Indian Health Service(IHS) and with tribal health leaders to provide opportunities for medical students to improve lives in our nation’s underserved communities. For several decades, the medical school has sent students to receive clinical training at IHS medical centers and facilities in Fort Defiance and Tuba City, Arizona, and in Shiprock, New Mexico.

In 2012, Dartmouth and the IHS signed a new agreement to increase the recruitment and training of health-care professionals from the Native community at Dartmouth and to provide educational opportunities through Dartmouth for doctors and nurses working at the IHS.

In addition to the opportunities offered through clinical clerkships to third- and fourth-year medical students at Geisel, first-year medical students have the chance to travel to Minnesota over spring break each year to take part in a clinical and community service experience at American Indian health clinics and community health centers on five Ojibwe Indian reservations.

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