Student Success Stories

Success Stories, Volume 1

American Indian and Alaska Native Health Professionals in Arizona

This book represents a dream of the partnership of the University of Arizona/Inter Tribal Council of Arizona Indians Into Medicine (INMED) Program and the Office of Outreach and Multicultural Affairs in the College of Medicine at The University of Arizona. Our partnership includes over 7 years of joint activities to encourage American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) students to enter health professional careers. Our activities help students explore health career options, strengthen their academic skills, develop student leadership skills, develop competitive resumes and health professional school applications, and encourage students to network and seek support along their health career pathway.

Success Stories, Volume 1 [PDF]

Success Stories, Volume 2

American Indian and Alaska Native Health Professionals in Arizona

This book is a collaborative effort of the University of Arizona/Inter Tribal Council of Arizona Indians Into Medicine (INMED) Program and the Office of Outreach and Multicultural Affairs in The University of Arizona College of Medicine. Since 2000, our partnership has enabled us to jointly sponsor activities for students to explore health career options, strengthen academic and leadership skills, develop competitive health professional school applications, and learn to network and seek support along their health career pathway.

Success Stories, Volume 2 [PDF]

Jose Fancisco EK Vitorin, Research Assistant Professor

I am from a different culture and background and while I am able to learn new things, my tradition informs my attitude in life. I like people A Lot. There are few things I enjoy more than getting to know people, different costumes, foods, habits. I feel comfortable sharing a coffee with my fellow hominids (students, friends).

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Allie Min, Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine - (Educator Scholar Track) Assistant Dean, Faculty Development

I am a first generation Korean - my parents immigrated from Korea to provide more opportunities for their family. As a woman in academic medicine leadership, I believe I have the perspective of a new leader navigating my career, dealing with imposter syndrome and insecurites.

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Ricardo Ayala, Medical Student

I am very proud to be a first-generation American who is maximizing the resources, opportunities and freedoms that this great nation offers. I proudly represent Mexican-Americans as an under-represented minority in the healthcare field. Lastly, I bring the perspective of a former salesman, a husband, a father and the attitude that all dreams can be achieved if willing to work hard for it without ever giving up.

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