Med scholar spends time in Alaska as a part of tribal drugs coaching

Med scholar spends time in Alaska as a part of tribal drugs coaching
Med scholar spends time in Alaska as a part of tribal drugs coaching
OSU-COM on the Cherokee Nation medical scholar Ashton Glover Gatewood, proper, fishes
together with her household close to Wasilla, Alaska. Gatewood accomplished a medical rotation on the
Benteh Nuutah Valley Native Main Care Middle as a part of her Tribal Medical Observe
training.

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

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For medical scholar Ashton Glover Gatewood, spending time in Wasilla, Alaska, treating
sufferers and studying from physicians on the Benteh Nuutah Valley Native Main Care
Middle was each fairly related and really completely different to her time in tribal well being amenities
in Oklahoma.

Gatewood — a member of the Choctaw Nation and a descendant of Cherokee and Chickasaw ancestors
— is a third-year medical scholar at OSU School of Osteopathic Drugs on the Cherokee
Nation in Tahlequah, and a part of the primary cohort of Tribal Medical Observe college students.

“Among the finest elements of doing the Tribal Medical Observe is studying from completely different
tribal amenities. There may be a lot that now we have in frequent but in addition variations between
our nations,” Gatewood stated. “It’s been enjoyable listening to tales of dip internet fishing, gold
mining and moose searching in Alaska and trout fishing, deer searching and stomp dancing
in Oklahoma. One overarching theme is the love that we share for our communities and
hope for the way forward for well being and wellness in Indian Nation.”

The aim of the Tribal Medical Observe is to organize college students for profitable matriculation
into tribal communities and well being methods in an effort to enhance the first care
doctor workforce shortages confronted by tribal well being care methods, stated Lori Boyd,
director of medical training at OSU Middle for Well being Sciences. Presently there
are 20 second- and third-year OSU medical college students enrolled within the TMT.

As a part of the TMT, college students are required to finish a portion of their rotations
at tribal well being amenities, which don’t need to all be situated in Oklahoma.

Gatewood stated the Alaska Household Drugs Residency Program is a extremely regarded program
for rural, tribal and wilderness drugs.

“Since I’ve household in Palmer, Alaska, I assumed this was a terrific alternative to
go to with household, acquire unbelievable coaching and journey to a web site that has lengthy been
an expert and private bucket checklist merchandise,” she stated.

Ashton Glover Gatewood, center, at the Benteh Nuutah Valley Native Primary Care Center in Wasilla, Alaska.
Ashton Glover Gatewood, heart, with household drugs physicians Dr. Virginia Hunter,
left, and Dr. Susan Steffans on the Benteh Nuutah Valley Native Main Care Middle
in Wasilla, Alaska.

The well being care heart in Wasilla serves all American Indian and Alaska Natives who
are enrolled in a federally acknowledged tribe, and Gatewood was capable of work with household
drugs physicians, pediatricians and different specialty suppliers. She additionally discovered
a couple of completely different lifestyle and worth system.

“The Alaskan life-style was very related to the land, household and sometimes even subsistence
primarily based. Due to the agricultural and even distant nature of the communities, they valued
self-sufficiency, the outside and harvesting meals from the land,” she stated. “This
manner of viewing life is inspiring me to make extra healthful weight loss plan and train choices
and shift priorities from a extra materialistic and rat-race mindset to at least one that focuses
on household and well-being.”

Boyd stated Gatewood is a succesful and goal-driven scholar with a brilliant future who needs
to enhance the well being and lives of these in her group. By way of this rotation in
Alaska she has broadened her experiences and stepped out of her consolation zone.

“I used to be very excited for Ashton and happy to know that she expanded her studying
of tribal drugs by way of an expertise with tribal populations in Alaska,” she stated.
“The Tribal Medical Observe at OSU is garnering consideration throughout the nation, and as
our college students proceed to pursue distinctive, out-of-state studying experiences like Ashton
has, the best way is being paved for future TMT scholar to do the identical.”