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Cultural Opportunities

SIHB residents can participate in native cultural experiences within the residency program and throughout the broader community. Here are just a few opportunities:

Monthly Culture Night – an opportunity to gather and share a meal with your peers, faculty and staff in an informal setting. Activities can include discussions about culturally significant topics, learning about native traditions and culture, book or film reviews, crafting and beading and many other activities. Most importantly, residents have a chance to “check-in” with the faculty, let them know how they are doing and seek advice and guidance.

Staff a SIHB-sponsored first-aid booth at the Annual Seafair Indian Days POW WOW sponsored by the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation.

Conduct patient visits at the Chief Seattle Club, the only social service center in Seattle devoted exclusively to meeting the needs of urban American Indians, Alaska Natives, and First Nations People.

Participate in bi-weekly Elders’ Lunches at the SIHB that focus on a variety of health issues.

Attend the Annual Elders Dinner sponsored by the Native American Center of Excellence (NACOE) at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Attend any of the numerous POW WOWS and celebrations sponsored by area tribes or other organizations.


Elective Time:  Spend one required or two optional months on electives at an IHS or tribal clinic or hospital of your choice.  Residents have selected rotations from Maine to New Mexico to Kodiak Island in Alaska.