The mission of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is to increase substantially the representation of American Indian and Alaskan Natives in engineering, science and other related technology disciplines. Through a variety of educational programs, AISES offers financial, academic and cultural support to American Indians and Alaska Natives from middle school through graduate school. AISES chapters are on many campuses

The 10-week summer internship program provides qualified AISES students with opportunities to explore careers in such federal agencies as the National Science Foundation and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


The American Medical Association (AMA) website has a section entitled "Becoming an MD" that includes 1) How do you become a physician?; 2) Preparing for medical school; 3) Applying to medical school; 4) Paying for medical school and 5) Choosing a specialty.


The mission of the Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP)
is “to pursue excellence in Native American health care by promoting education in the medical disciplines, honoring traditional healing principles and restoring balance in mind, body, and spirit.”

On the
Health Careers for Native Students page, students can sign up for the listserv that provides information and updates about programs and opportunities for Native students. This same page leads to information about high school programs; college level programs; and medical school/allied health programs.

One of the well-regarded programs for high school students is the
Patty Iron Cloud National Native American Youth Initiative. This intense, academic enrichment and reinforcement program is designed to prepare Native students to remain in the academic pipeline and pursue a career in the health professions and/or biomedical research.

College Student Programs include pre-admission workshops that focuses on strategies for successfully applying to a health professions school. In addition there is a physician shadowing program. Also, students are invited to the AAIP’s Cross Cultural Medicine Workshop.

Medical students and other health professions students can join the
Association of Native American Medical Students.

For a little of the history of AAIP, which was founded in 1971 by Dr. Everett Rhoades and 13 other American Indian physicians, see the profile of
Everett Rhoades.

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The Association of American Medical Colleges {AAMC) is a nonprofit association of medical schools, teaching hospitals and academic societies. One of its major missions is educating physicians and medical scientists.

Tomorrow’s Doctors section of their website provides very useful information for 1) students who are considering a medical career; 2) students who want to know how to apply to medical school; 3) medical students and 4) residents. is a campaign and a website that grew out of the recognition that minority people, including American Indians and Alaska Natives, are underrepresented in medicine. The website offers the tools, information and support needed for exploring a career in medicine and preparing an application that presents you at your best. includes a podcast interview of
David Baines, M.D, a member of the Tsimshain and Tlingit Tribes of Alaska, who discusses the importance of incorporating his culture and traditional beliefs into the practice of modern medicine. Dr. Baines currently works at the Iliuliuk Family and Health Services Clinic in Unalaska, Alaska and has previously been the president of the Association of American Indian Physicians.

There is also a podcast of
LeeAnna Muzquiz, M.D., a member of the Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation in Montana, discusses her experience as a family medicine physician and the importance of clinical research to the Native American community. Dr. Muzquiz is a family medicine physician with the Tribal Health Systems on the Flathead Reservation.


The website of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) provides a description of osteopathic medicine and links to the websites of the colleges of osteopathic medicine and the branch campuses that offer the DO degree.


The Changing the face of Medicine website features the stories of women physicians who have helped change the face of medicine. The 29 American Indian and Alaska Native women physicians on the website include the first two American Indian women physicians Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte (1865-1915) and Dr. Lillie Rosa Minoka-Hill (1876-1952). is a multi-disciplinary website that provides career information on a broad array of health professions. The website is a joint initiative involving national foundations, professional associations, health career advisors, educational institutions and college students. The website addresses the under-representation of minorities in the workforce and the lack of health professionals in medically underserved communities.


Indian Health Service: Medicine website provides information about career paths, student opportunities, benefits and more. There is contact information for medical students who want to do a clerkship. Scholarship information is at the IHS Scholarship page.

homepage_05homepage_06Lifeworks: Explore Health and Medical Science Careers, which is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, Office of Science Education, includes descriptions of over 100 careers. For each career there is information about education, income, job outlook and needed skills and abilities. One or more interviews with a health professional are featured.

Research and Training Opportunities at the National Institutes of Health include a wealth of NIH summer internships, scholarship programs and other opportunities for students in (1) high school; (2) college/university; (3) post-baccalaureate; (4) graduate school; and (5) medical/dental school.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the Federal Government's primary agency for the support of medical and behavioral research. Within its 27 institutes and centers, the NIH employs approximately 14,800 people, including 900 tenured faculty and nearly 3,000 postdoctoral fellows with either medical, dental, or graduate degrees. 


The website of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) is good source of information for students interested in careers in the biomedical and other sciences. SACNAS’ mission is to encourage Native American and Chicano/Latino students to pursue graduate education and obtain the advanced degrees necessary for careers in scientific research and teaching. For more than 30 years SACNAS has taken a leadership role in expanding and enhancing opportunities for minorities in academia and the scientific workforce.


The Summer Medical and Dental Education Program free summer academic enrichment program offers freshman and sophomore college students intensive and personalized medical and dental school preparation at one of 12 universities.


The “Physicians and Surgeons” section of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website includes the nature of the work, needed training, employment, job outlook, projects, earnings, and wages.

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Winds of Change is an American Indian-published magazine focusing on careers and educational advancement for Native people. The magazine is published quarterly by AISES Publishing Inc. In addition, the Annual College Guide for American Indians & Native Alaskans/Hawaiians is published yearly.