Rachel Ray chose FDSRP because she knew it would be an incredible opportunity to gain exposure to the medical field, see a different part of the country, and meet other Native Americans interested in health care. She keeps in touch with many of her friends from the program and looks back on her summer fondly. She is especially proud of the several women in her cohort that have gone on to medical school – an accomplishment she says is a testament to the strength of her Native American women ancestors.
Rachel, a Cherokee originally from Broken Arrow, OK, spent her summer with FDSRP working in a pulmonary lab, in which she was later offered a full-time job as a research assistant. She credits this opportunity as being a major stepping stone to medical school. Rachel received her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Central Oklahoma, and then attended Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She and a fellow student started a chapter of the Association of Native American Medical Students on the campus to provide better support to Native students.
Rachel is currently completing an internship in family medicine at the University Of Oklahoma School Of Community Medicine in Tulsa, OK. Afterward, she plans to work at an Indian Health Service clinic, and looks forward to providing health care to the Cherokee community. Rachel is also married and has a 7 month old daughter.