Erin was born in Albuquerque New Mexico, and spent her childhood in Gallup and Albuquerque. While working towards her bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry She chose FDSRP gain new and exciting experiences before going out into the working world.
Erin says that FDSRP presented the opportunity for her to network with peers, medical students, and physicians with common interests and most importantly inspired her to pursue the goal of going to medical school. She said “FDSRP gave me a great sense of confidence in myself that I could be anything that I wanted to be” and fondly remembers being voted most likely to become surgeon general. When the program was over, she was even offered a job in the research lab she had worked in.
As an undergraduate she was able to do research on Gene therapy at the National Human Genome Research Institute and was awarded for work on their educational programs in 2005. In 2007 while involved in a research project with the Mayo Clinic, she was named “Spirit of the Eagles Hampton Scholar” She is proud to have continued to work through her goals, starting medical school in 2007 at University of Minnesota Duluth, the mission of which is to train physicians that want to work in rural areas or with an American Indian population. Erin became a mom in 2007 and says “whatever path life leads me down after medical school, I hope it will be a balanced on in which I can use my training and knowledge to help address issues in health disparities in American Indian communities.”