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Serpent, Staff & Drum Indians Into Medicine Newsletter - Quentin N. Burdick Indian Health Programs

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Another Year of Summer Programs Well another summer at INMED has come and gone, leaving with it the memories of over 100 students and 25 staff to supervise and instruct these students. INMED has completed its 36th year of operation, starting in 1973, accepting thousands of students into our summer programs. This year the summer programs ran from June 15-July 24.

Several speakers addressed the students to provide information on health careers in Medicine, Physical Therapy, Dietetics, Occupational Therapy, Nursing and other disciplines. Students toured the Human Nutrition Center and met with a dietitian who talked to them about exercise, nutrition and body mass. In addition, our Knowledge Bowl provided a fun learning opportunity with a team The Summer Institute Program provides 90 middle and competition and questions asked from all classes being high school students an opportunity to spend six weeks at taught. Students also competed in an informal talent UND in a math and science enrichment program which show. emphasizes positive, healthy lifestyles and esteem building Every year we look for new opportunities for our young activities. Courses taught are biology, math, chemistry, physics, communication/study skills and health. Partici- students, new challenges, new programs and new advenpants are provided opportunities to explore various health tures. If you know of someone who you think would benerelated careers and learn from other students who share a fit from our summer programs, whether that would be students in grades 7-12, or community college students lookcommitment to academic achievement. ing to transfer to a 4 year university, or students planning But it‟s not all work…we also try to incorporate a little to take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) for fun into our curriculum. We had several field trips this entrance into medical school; have them contact the INMED Program for an application. past year. Some of the fun places we visited were: We are now accepting applications for our summer pro•Aggasiz Environmental Learning Center in Fosston, MN grams. The application deadline is March 31, 2010 and for a biology field trip. •Red Lake Nation – Minnesota for a visit to an IHS facility this year‟s programs run from June 6 - July 16. Students that have participated in our programs come back year for a visit with INMED doctors and staff. •Minneapolis, MN for a two day field trip to explore sci- after year, it is a fun, rewarding program that gives you a ence, physics and social interactions. Visits included: Un- chance to meet other students from all over the country, to derwater Adventures – Minnesota Zoo – Science Museum get an insight into college life and to take part in new and and Valley Fair, along with a dinner, compliments of the exciting experiences. Mdewakanton Sioux Tribe. Come join us this summer - you will be glad you did!

Inside this issue: INMED Summer Institute..1 Doctor Martin....……..…..2 White Coat Ceremony…..2 Favorite Photos…….…...3 Summer Institute….…….4

Pictured are the INMED Summer Institute Students from the summer of 2009 The “Serpent, Staff and Drum” is a newsletter of the Indians Into Medicine Program, University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences. INMED is part of the Quentin N. Burdick Indian Health Programs. The views and opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the University or the School of Medicine & Health Sciences. INMED welcomes further distribution of information contained in this newsletter. We do request that INMED receive acknowledgment for articles reprinted. Submit articles for publication and address corrections to INMED Program - address on back. This publication funded through Indian Health Service Grant #D919400026/10.


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Dr. Candelaria Martin... that one does not choose to practice medicine, rather you are chosen to do it.

Dr. Candelaria Martin




who is currently a practicing physician with the Indian Health Service (IHS) facility in Fort Totten, North Dakota was an INMED graduate, and part of a team of over 187 doctors that have graduated through the INMED Program. Dr. Martin grew up on the Navajo Reservation near Tuba City, Arizona into the Whitecorn Zuni Edgewater Clan and born for a white man. Most of Dr. Martin‟s family still live on the reservation. Medicine was always first and foremost on Candelaria‟s mind, according to her father and Dr. Martin believes that this goes along with her mother‟s teaching

Dr. Martin completed her undergraduate degree with a BS in Biology and Chemistry at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She did attend the University of Colorado in Boulder for one year but transferred to UNM after her first year. Candelaria started receiving information about the INMED Program long ago, but never really took a look at it until she applied to medical school, when she discovered she could apply through the INMED Program for one of the seven slots that are added each year for native students. She states that she wishes she had read the literature earlier on, as she would have taken advantage of the summer programs that we offer to students who are in high school (Summer Institute) and students who are transferring to and preparing for medical school (Pathway and MCAT Prep. Once Candelaria became a part of the INMED Program, through medical school, she states that she received a lot of positive experi-

ences from the program. She was pleased with the cultural support she received, the assistance with IHS scholarship paperwork and the academic support that helped her to succeed. Since graduation in 2004 Dr. Martin has worked for Trinity Hospital in Minot, Altru in Grand Forks, Mercy Hospital in Devils Lake, St Lukes in Crosby, the Free Clinic in Minot and her current position in family medicine at Spirit Lake Health Center in Fort Totten, ND (IHS facility). Dr. Martin also does weekend coverage for family medicine and Obstetrics at Mercy Hospital a critical access hospital in Devils Lake. Besides a full time plus practice, Dr. Martin is involved with her husband Ryan‟s Taekwando School, teaching classes after work at the clinic. Candelaria and Ryan have a four year old son named Evan. Dr. Martin also enjoys jewelry making, motorcycles, wine and good food. If you were to ask Dr. Martin for advice on a decision to go to medical school she would tell you to do it because you want to do it…not for anyone else.

White Coat Ceremony for Class of 2013 Nine INMED students attended the annual White Coat Ceremony held August 7, 2009 in the Reed T. Keller Auditorium at UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The ceremony, along with the Oath of Hippocrates states and honors the professionalism expected of the students and their pledge to offer to future physicians.

Students listed are: (Front row left to right): Patricia Richardson Nicholas Hosey, Sydney Rooney, William Longhurst, Dr. Joshua Wynne, Interim Dean, (Second row left to right): Jarrod Spring, Kevin Bradley, Bobbi Thuen, Frederick Redwine and Jason Jones.

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Some of our favorite photos


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June 6—July 16

Summer Institute Dates for 2010

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What's inside: INMED Summer Institute, Doctor Martin, White Coat Ceremony, Favorite Photos