Literature

Curbside Consults Podcast

By Mridula Nadamuni, MD

Published December 20, 2023

In this episode of Curbside Consults, Dr. Adriann Begay, member of the Navajo Nation, shares her journey into medicine. Dr. Begay is Tábaahi (Edge of the Water clan) and born for Bít’ahnii (Folded Arms People clan). Her maternal grandparents are Ta’néészahnii (Badlands People clan) and paternal grandparents are Tl’aashchí’í (Red Cheek People clan). While raising three children, she completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona and received a medical degree from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine through the Indians into Medicine program. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Arizona and has since worked for the Indian Health Service. She also serves as Senior Officer at the HEAL (Health, Equity, Action, and Leadership) Initiative, a global health fellowship program. Her career is dedicated to elevating healthcare for American Indians/Alaskan Natives (AI/AN).

00:00 – Introduction
00:40 – Journey into Medicine
06:31 – Building Back Broken Trust
07:15 – HEAL Initiative
12:20 – Community Trauma
17:32 – Advocacy
17:50 – Structural Barriers to Access
20:02 – COVID-19
21:45 – Self-care in Medicine
24:00 – Outro

The Curbside Consults series complements the foundational information in Rotation Prep by taking a deep dive into key clinical topics with expert clinicians and educators. These podcasts explore and critique the evidence behind clinical practice and break down statistical concepts for the busy clinical trainee.

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Adriann Begay, MD, is Tábaahi (Edge of the Water clan) and born for Bít’ahnii (Folded Arms People clan). Her maternal grandparents are Ta’néészahnii (Badlands People clan) and paternal grandparents are Tl’aashchí’í (Red Cheek People clan). While raising three children, she completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona and received a medical degree from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine through the Indians into Medicine program. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Arizona and has since worked for the Indian Health Service. She also serves as Senior Officer at the HEAL (Health, Equity, Action, and Leadership) Initiative, a global health fellowship program. Her career is dedicated to elevating healthcare for American Indians/Alaskan Natives (AI/AN).
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Mridula Nadamuni, MD, is a 2022–2023 NEJM Editorial Fellow. She completed her internal medicine/pediatrics residency and chief residency at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
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