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    Welcoming A New Generation of Native Americans to Medicine and Research
    Research, Education
    Jun 06, 2016

    Welcoming A New Generation of Native Americans to Medicine and Research

    mentoring, inclusion, health disparities

    With displays of traditional Native American dress and artifacts as reminders of their proud heritage, a group of bright, young students radiated optimism and excitement at the welcome dinner for the Native American Research Internship (NARI), held at the Natural History Museum of Utah. This year, the program is hosting students from 12 tribal nations, 12 states, and 18 universities. While many are newcomers, some have decided to return for their second and even third summers. NARI offers an opportunity for native students to encourage and explore interests in medicine and biomedical research, two fields in which Native Americans are the most underrepresented minority group.... Read More

    Pediatrics
    Clearing a Path for Others: Native American Research Internship
    Education
    Jan 22, 2016

    Clearing a Path for Others: Native American Research Internship

    mentoring, inclusion, health disparities

    There is a gaping hole in the biomedical sciences that desperately needs to be filled. Only 0.6 percent of scientists and 0.3 percent of physicians are Native Americans, making them the least represented minority group in these professions. The University of Utah Native American Research Internship (NARI) gives undergraduates the cultural support and training they need to help fill that gap.... Read More

    Comprehensive Mentoring Program Builds Foundation for Success
    Education
    Dec 11, 2015

    Comprehensive Mentoring Program Builds Foundation for Success

    education, mentoring, health equity and inclusion

    An innovative comprehensive mentoring program, the University of Utah Vice President’s Clinical and Translational Research Scholars Program (VPCAT), is fostering successful junior faculty. 92 percent of participants received extramural funding during the two years they were in the program. Moreover, 95 percent have since remained in academic medicine, a stark contrast to the national retention rate of 50 percent. A case study on VPCAT was published in Academic Medicine, on December 8, 2015.... Read More

    Obstetrics and Gynecology