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Indian Health - FAPH 540


Family Medicine Clerkship



Description and Goals:

According to the Indian Health Service website:

The Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. The IHS is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for Indian people, and its goal is to raise their health status to the highest possible level. The IHS provides a comprehensive health service delivery system for American Indians and Alaska Natives who are members of 566 federally recognized Tribes across the U.S.

The IHS employs approximately 15,000 heath care professional, about 900 of whom are physician.

This elective will allow the student to work along side a physician in an IHS health center for four weeks with the primary goal of practicing primary care medicine in an environment devoid of many resources found in an academic medical center.

Number of Students:


Time of Year Available:

Academic weeks 1-48


Monday-Friday, as per site's operational hours

Faculty Responsible:

Mozella Williams, MD
Assistant Professor

Administrative Contact:

Ms. Denise Estes
Administrative Assistant

Additional Information:

For additional information, please view the IHS website.

Transportation to, from, and during the elective will be the student's responsibility.

Housing will be available for the student, though it is encouraged that contact be made with the site to determine internet, phone, cellphone capabilities.

The primary physician preceptor should fill out your evaluation.

Last Revision: April 11, 2013