In the Spirit of Medicine: the right words will come

Mar 2, 2020

The Center of American Indian and Minority Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus gave Indigenous youth ia taste of hands-on experiential learning last month. Students got to try using medical techniques like blood pressure checks and listening to heartbeats, inspiring kids to consider a career in medicine, and allowing Indigenous medical students to give back to the community.
Credit Association of American Indian Physicians/Center of American Indian and Minority Health

These young doctors spent their entire lives aiming for the stars and have worked tirelessly to fill those seats in the classroom. They have self-selected to be those who want to practice in small communities and on reservations. They have inside them the will and the strength to work within these constraints and overcome the barriers placed in front of them. They are the ones who will care about our homeless, those less fortunate, our unemployed and our veterans.

These will be our doctors.

In the Spirit of Medicine features the essays of Dr. Arne Vainio, an enrolled member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and a family practice doctor on the Fond Du Lac reservation in Cloquet. His essays on life, work, medicine, and spirit are published in News from Indian Country and you can find the link to this story here.