Native American physicians

Tribal members of the Lower Sioux Indian Community were frustrated with the lack of cultural awareness when it came to their health care and by a "fragmented" system that made it hard to track native health concerns.

But they had hope that they could create better access to care by opening their own clinic ... and also create employment opportunities beyond casino jobs.

Indian Health Service

In and out of Indian country, the expectation is that patients adapt to the way their doctors do things if they want treatment. 

Dr. Ron Shaw is the president of the Association of American Indian Physicians.  He says the new  "cultural humility" paradigm involves respect for and understanding of other cultures - and it also leads to better outcomes for patients.

The Center of American Indian and Minority Health

Growing up, Dr. Alan Johns never even dreamed of going to med school.

He not only went, he was one of the first two Native students to graduate from UMD's medical program in 1972.  And how he shares his passion for educating and recruiting other Native students who, like him, never imagined a future in medicine.