MedEdPORTAL Call for Submissions: American Indian, Alaska Native and Indigenous Perspectives

MedEdPORTAL is an open-access journal of teaching and learning resources in the health professions published by the Association of American Medical Colleges. MedEdPORTAL actively encourages educators across the health professions to submit generalizable educational materials with a focus on American Indian, Alaska Native (AIAN) and Indigenous Perspectives.
While very diverse, AIAN and Indigenous populations share similarly sophisticated and holistic approaches to health. Despite these strengths, AIAN and Indigenous populations experience alarming health inequities. Furthermore, there is a paucity of existing curricula that teaches about this unique population, and fewer opportunities for students and institutions to learn from an Indigenous worldview as it relates to health.

MedEdPORTAL invites authors, owners and contributors to submit their works for publication consideration. MedEdPORTAL publications are stand-alone, complete teaching or learning modules that have been implemented and evaluated with medical or dental trainees or practitioners. Each submission is reviewed by editorial staff and external peer reviewers using a standardized review instrument grounded in the tenets of educational scholarship.

For full submission guidelines to MedEdPORTAL, please visit

All submissions in these topics that successfully pass the peer review process will be published in MedEdPORTAL, prominently highlighted in a featured collection, and searchable via PubMed and MEDLINE.
The call for submissions is driven by the MedEdPORTAL Diversity, Inclusion, and Health Equity Collection under the guidance of Guest Assistant Editor Dr. Andrea N. Garcia, MD, MS.

AndreaGarcia.jpg Andrea N. Garcia, MD, MS
Visiting Project Scientist, Center for Health Services and Society
Department of Psychiatry, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Physician Specialist, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

Dr. Andrea Garcia is a citizen of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, and she is Mexican American. Her primary interests include improving the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIAN) through a population health, health services, and health equity lens. She also aims to promote diversity in the health professions and academic medicine workforce. Dr. Garcia recently joined the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health where her clinical work is at the only county-run AIAN mental health clinic in the country. Her other time is spent on community-centered initiatives that include: addressing AIAN homelessness, developing a culturally specific community health worker curriculum, and developing a medical-legal partnership.

Dr. Garcia is a proud graduate of the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program where she obtained her master's degree in health and medical sciences from UC Berkeley and her medical degree from UCSF. She trained in General and Preventive Medicine and completed a fellowship with the National Clinician Scholars Program at UCLA in research and policy. She enjoys dancing fancy shawl at pow wows and spending time with her friends and family.