Program guides Indian students into health field

The Headlands Indian Health Career Program at the University of Oklahoma is hosting 18 Indian students who are interested in pursuing careers in the health field.

The intense eight-week program immerses participants in math and science courses. Students also take field trips, create a newsletter and make cultural presentations.

Since starting 30 years ago, Headlands has graduated over 600 participants. About 50 percent are in the medical field or pursuing health careers while another 25 percent attend college, the program's director said.

Nationwide, there were only 503 Indian physicians in 2003, according to the American Medical Association.

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