The American University of Sovereign Nations School of Medicine (AUSN) – represents a monumental historic opportunity: the creation and development of the First–ever accredited Medical School and First-ever Master of Public Health (MPH) program to be developed on Native American Sovereign Land – which is dedicated to improving the safety, health and welfare of Native Americans and Indigenous Peoples throughout the world. AUSN is located on the Salt River Pima – Maricopa Indian Community Native American Sovereign Land, Scottsdale, Arizona (USA).
This is the first-time in Tribal History – and the first-time in the history of the United States – that such a US Medical School has ever been so developed. Nationally and internationally known scholars, academicians and clinicians have already joined to serve on the Faculty and Leadership of AUSN.
Please note that at present we do not offer a M.D. degree.
The AUSN is organized as a non-profit entity and shall pursue accreditation and full approval by the American Medical Association (AMA) – Liaison for Medical Education Committee (LCME) as a US medical school. AUSN is currently organized through two Schools, the School of Health Sciences and the School of Medicine. All academic degrees and post-graduate certificate programs shall be initially offered through the School of Health Sciences; the School of Medicine shall be in development until appropriate accreditation is achieved.
The School of Medicine shall primarily train clinicians for clinical private practice in primary care (e.g., Family Practice; Internal Medicine; Emergency Medicine; Surgery; etc.). Although the AUSN School of Medicine shall be located “on” Native American Sovereign Tribal Land, and we intend that is shall ultimately become a fully approved AMA-LCME US medical school, its students will be primarily US and foreign international students – and our programs will prepare medical students for licensure in each and every State of the United States. The curriculum shall be a standard traditional four (4) year M.D. curriculum open to all qualified students: both Non-Native American and Native American!!
All policies of AUSN are based on the ethical principles of non-discrimination on the basis of race or any grounds; engaging in any conduct which is offensive to the sense of decency or human dignity is a violation of the AUSN Honor Code.
The programs licensed since April 2014 include the following:
Master of Public Health (MPH) (emphasis in Healthcare Management)
Master of Bioethics and Global Public Health (MBGPH)
Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA)
Master of Business Administration (MBA) (emphasis in Healthcare Management)
Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health
Postgraduate Certificate in Bioethics and Global Public Health
Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration
Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration
Postgraduate Certificate in Community and Peace
Why We Are Creating Such A First-Ever Medical School
There are four (4) main reasons why we are pursuing this initiative of placing the first-ever Medical School on Native American Sovereign Land. Former United States Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings notes “There is an overwhelming need” for more health care education for the American Indian / Alaskan Native population. Indeed, the ineffectiveness of current health care delivery systems on indigenous land is well recognized – and must be earnestly significantly improved. The healthcare and public health status of the populations in other Indigenous Populations throughout the world is similarly greatly deficient.
Preservation of Society & Culture
There is an overwhelming need to preserve the culture, traditions, health, welfare, and rights of Native Americans and Indigenous Populations throughout the globe. Indeed, health and public health are undisputedly foundational pillars of any sustainable community, society or nation and serve as positive attributes of peace. In order for us to sustain communities and nations, peace, well-being, and maintain respect and understanding for tradition and culture of Native Americans as well as all Indigenous Populations – accordingly we must have a sustainable educational system which promotes graduate education in both medicine and public health. And – we believe it is critically important not to be just “another” “Native American program” of an “outside” University – which wants to affiliate with Native American tribes – and take an “outside-in” approach. Rather, we believe, that to be truly effective – any healthcare, medical care, or public health program MUST come from “within” the land of the Sovereign Nations.
Education & Self-Determinism
We are promoting this initiative in Medical School development because, in part, we strongly agree with former United States Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings proclamation that an individual’s education is the foundation for their self-determination. We believe that education breeds dignity and establishes the pillars of hope for the future – not only for individuals but for communities, societies and nations as well. Indeed, education empowers people to dream and achieve their potential. Indigenous Peoples and the people of Native American Tribal Nations have not been afforded equal opportunity in education – especially at the professional medical education and public health level – we intend to drastically change that for the better!
Improvement of Public Health & Medical Care
We believe the Best way to Directly address and improve the delivery and accountability of healthcare for Native Americans and Indigenous Populations so as to directly address healthcare issues of disparity is to Directly have a center of education dedicated to Native American and Indigenous Population healthcare On the Sovereign Land of Native Americans. In this way, the following public health indicators can be Directly addressed and plans implemented to specifically improve them:
Infant mortality rate is 150% HIGHER for Native American (NA) infants than non-NA infants.
Diabetes has INCREASED 160% in the AI/AN population from 1990-2004.
There is a 152% HIGHER death rate from Unintentional Injuries in NA than non-NA populations.
There is a 189% HIGHER death rate from Diabetes in NA than non-NA populations.
There is a 510% HIGHER death rate from Alcoholism in NA than non-NA populations.
There is a 600% HIGHER death rate from Tuberculosis in NA than in non-NA populations.
Further, a Medical School situated on the Sovereign Land of Native Americans will serve not only as an Educational Arena for training expert clinical physicians – but also as a Repository of Scientific, Medical and Public Health Information which will serve as a Learning Resource Center for all Native American Tribes throughout the United States and all Indigenous Populations throughout the world.
Physician Shortage – National & International
There is an already looming and crippling undisputed physician shortage in the United States – and in parts of the world in general – which will serve only to worsen the already devastating health care outcomes of the Native American population and Indigenous Populations. We wish to address this devastating shortage. Current estimates note that an immediate influx of is 16,000 doctors is needed to address the underserved medical needs of populations throughout the US. The Council on Graduate Medical Education reports that there will be a US national shortage of over 100,000 physicians during this decade. Other experts predict a shortage closer to 200,000 (Health Affairs forecasts a 50,000 physician shortfall by 2010 and a 200,000 physician shortage by 2020).
Path to Accreditation
The AUSN is organized as a non-profit university. AUSN is currently organized through four Schools, including the School of Health Sciences and the School of Medicine. All health-related academic degrees and post-graduate certificate programs shall be initially offered through the School of Health Sciences; the School of Medicine shall be in development until appropriate accreditation is achieved.
Our path to accreditation includes numerous steps – which are commonly taken by all similarly situated school of medicine. First, AUSN is licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education since 21 April 2014. Since then we began operations through offering the MPH (Master in Public Health with emphasis in Healthcare Management) degree; and the MBGPH (Master in Bioethics and Global Public Health). We also offer Certificate (non-Degree) programs in Community and Peace, Public Health, Healthcare Administration, Bioethics and Public Health, and Business; these will consist of hybrid educational programs which include distance online learning and partial in-person seminars typically conducted internationally.
We will operate offering these degrees through the School of Health Sciences to begin and satisfy the requirement of National and Regional Accreditation commissions. Third, upon attainment of Regional Accreditation, we will seek full accreditation and regulation by United States authorities (the American Medical Association (AMA) and its subsidiary, the Liaison for Medical Education Committee (LCME)). Accordingly, the AUSN School of Medicine shall grant the MD medical degree and prepare students for professional licensure as a Medical Doctor in any jurisdiction of the United States. AUSN is concurrently developing other degree programs as well as professional schools.