November 10, 2023

Native American Health Symposium set for Nov. 27 at School of Medicine

In celebration of National Native American Heritage Month, students with the Native American Student Association at the Wayne State University School of Medicine will host the second annual Native American Health Symposium from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27 in Scott Hall’s Room 2238. 

Christopher Jentoft, M.D.

Registration for the in-person portion of the event is limited to 50 people. A Zoom link will be available for those who would like to attend online. Students who attend will receive two clinical service-learning hours. Sign up at

Attendees will learn about indigenous health care, as well as how to best serve and care for indigenous populations, from guest speakers Gregory Gordan, M.D. ’94 and Christopher Jentoft, M.D. ’09.

Gregory Gordon, M.D.

Dr. Gordon is a proud citizen of the Mohawks of Kahnawake. He has worked with the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians for more than 21 years, and serves as the medical director of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians Behavioral Health Program. He also runs a psychiatry practice.

Dr. Jentoft cares for the Navajo Nation as a Rural Family Medicine physician. He served as a medical officer for their Emergency Medicine program and works as a clinical director. He is very involved in advocacy for the population he serves, said event organizer and medical student Justin Hassen.

National Native American Heritage Month has been observed every November since 1994. For more information, visit

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