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Title: Indians Into Medicine University of North Dakota School of Medicine


1
Indians Into MedicineUniversity of North
DakotaSchool of Medicine Health Sciences
  • Eugene L. DeLorme, J.D., Director and
  • Assistant Professor, Family Medicine

2
INMED Program Overview
  • INMED was created in 1973 in response to the
    termination of the federal Doctor Draft
  • The program addresses three major problem areas
  • Too few health professionals in American Indian
    communities
  • Too few American Indian health professionals
  • The substandard level of health and health care
    in American Indian communities

3
INMED is
  • A support program that identifies, recruits,
    retains, and graduates qualified individuals into
    the medical professions, hopefully with the
    outcome that they ultimately serve the
    congressional legislative intent of this program

4
The INMED Program Is Designed to
  • Increase awareness, interest and motivation for
    health careers among American Indian students
  • Recruit and enroll students in the proper
    curricula
  • Provide academic, personal, and cultural support
    to aid in successful academic achievement
  • Research and develop academic programs to enhance
    Indian health care
  • Assist participating students in completing their
    programs of study

5
Tribal Board
  • The INMED Program assures that it addresses the
    needs and concerns of tribal community through
    the INMED Tribal Board
  • The tribal governments of all 24 tribes in North
    Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Montana and
    Wyoming each appoint a representative to this
    board

6
How do we do it?
  • Recruit and grow our own
  • Summer Institute (90) 7th thru 12th grade
    students, 6 week residential program

7
How do we do it?
  • Pathway Program 6 week program for tribal
    college graduates
  • MCAT Prep 6 week program to prepare college
    juniors and seniors for MCAT
  • Pre-matriculation Program for incoming medical
    students

8
How do we do it?
  • Academic year support program that includes
  • Advisement in Financial Aid
  • Course selection
  • Advocacy
  • Tutors
  • Social and personal support
  • Activities for undergraduate and professional
    students

9
M.D. Program
  • The UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences
    has added slots specifically for INMED students
  • Assistance is afforded INMED medical students
    through four years of medical school and through
    residency

10
UNDSMHS Adds 7 Seats Each Class Year for INMED
Students
  • The existence of the INMED program adds 7 seats
    to each incoming class
  • If qualified applicants were not found to fill
    these 7 medical school seats, the seats would
    disappear
  • No qualified general admission candidate has been
    denied an educational opportunity

11
INMED Medical Students Are
  • Enrolled members of a federally recognized tribe
  • Fully qualified medical school applicants
  • Same admissions committee and admission standards
  • Same curricular requirements evaluative
    criteria
  • Dedicated to providing health care to Native
    people

12
INMED is More Than Doctors
  • INMED enrolls an average of 125 students in
    various academic programs each year
  • In addition to medicine, students are enrolled
    in
  • Physical therapy
  • Social work
  • Nursing
  • Accounting
  • Civil engineering
  • Counseling
  • Clinical lab science
  • Dietetics and other health related disciplines

13
Accomplishments
  • INMED has graduated 179 allied health and nursing
    professionals
  • INMED has graduated 172 American Indian
    Physicians
  • This past spring, 15 new health care
    professionals graduated including 7 new Medical
    Doctors, 2 Doctors of Physical Therapy and 5
    Nurses and 1 Dietician

14
Challenges
  • Financial, the loss of federal funding
  • Reduction in staff
  • No reduction in work load
  • Tribal economic conditions

15
INMED
www.med.und.nodak.edu/depts/inmed/home.html 1-800-
CALL UND, ask for INMED program Eugene L.
DeLorme, Director and Assistant Professor, Family
Medicine
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