Medicine Talkers Podcast

Medicine Talkers, a podcast from the Native American Center for Health Professions (NACHP), is about all things health through an Indigenous lens. You will hear conversations that connect Indian Country to the classroom, clinic and community.

Medicine Talkers podcast

Medicine Talkers promotes pathways to health careers and highlights Native health professionals, students and advocates who are working to improve the health and well-being of our Native people everywhere.


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Medicine Talkers Episodes

Season 3

Episode 1: A Conversation on Indigenous Medicines with Author Misty Cook

This week on Medicine Talkers, author Misty Cook (a member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of the Mohican Indian Tribe) talks about her book, Medicine Generations. We discuss views on western medicine and traditional medicine, as well as her future initiatives and projects.

Season 2

Episode 4: What Other Health Professions are Out There? Part 3

This week on Medicine Talkers we will have a discussion with Chelsea Hanewall (MSTP) and Amy Schubert (DPT) on topics of admission times, admission requirements, and what life would like for a student in the Medical Science Training Program (MSTP) or Doctor of Physical Degree (DPT) Program.

Episode 3: What Other Health Professions are Out There? Part 2

For this week on Medicine Talkers, we will be speaking with PharmD Admissions Manager, Jannelle Frey, and Academic Program Manager for the Master of Public Health Program, Mindy Schreiner. Both guests will speak about the application process and program timelines for Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) and Master of Public Health (MPH) students.

Episode 2: What Other Health Professions are Out There? Part 1

For this week on Medicine Talkers, we will be speaking with MD admissions advisor Becky Duffy and Academic Program Manager/Admissions Director Erin McCarthy Orth. Both guests will speak about the application process and program timelines for Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) students. This episode is the first in a two-part mini series.

Episode 1: Pathways to Medicine: A Conversation about Student Support

On our first episode of season 2, you’ll hear a conversation with two NACHP students, Sydnee Livingston (Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa), a rising M2 (2nd year medical student), and Michael Istvanek (Brothertown Indian Nation), a rising M4 (4th year medical student), both here at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH). Sydnee and Michael are a wonderful fit for this episode because they are active in the SMPH chapter of ANAMS, the Association of Native American Medical Students, and they have both participated in various student support opportunities offered through NACHP.

Season 1

Episode 3: A Day in the Life of a Medical Student

This week on Medicine Talkers we are joined by Megan Murphy-Belcaster (Choctaw and Lakota Nations), an MD student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. In this episode we talk about what it’s like to be a medical student during the COVID-19 Pandemic and what the journey and experience is like for a non-traditional medical student.

Episode 2: Why Recruiting Natives Into the Field is so Important: A Conversation with Dr. Bret Benally Thompson and Danielle Yancey

This week on Medicine Talkers, we talked with Dr. Bret Benally Thompson, who is White Earth Ojibwe, and a palliative care physician in Madison, WI. We also spoke with Danielle Yancey, who is Menominee and Santee, and the director of the Native American Center for Health Professions. The topics of the episode cover the important efforts being made in increasing Native American representation in medicine. It’s a fun episode with segments you don’t want to miss!

Episode 1: Who Are We?

In our first episode of the season, we learn who and what NACHP is with guest introductions from the whole NACHP team. This episode is one way to get familiar with our staff and begin to understand the motivation behind the creation of Medicine Talkers.

Lauren Cornelius
The podcast has been a rewarding experience in connecting NACHP with a wider community. While sharing experiences and knowledge with our listeners, we also continue to broaden our own understanding of Indigenous health and wellness.

Lauren Cornelius, Oneida Nation, Host of Medicine Talkers, NACHP Academic Program Specialist

The Medicine Talkers podcast is funded by the Indians Into Medicine (INMED) grant at the Indian Health Service in the Department of Health and Human Services.

The Medicine Talkers logo was designed by graphic designer Mary Ann Wildcat (Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe), who also designed the new NACHP logo. The Medicine Talkers logo mark consists of a symbol of a stethoscope, with florals signifying Indigenous roots.