Jaron Kee

Speech Title: "Sheep, Ceremony, and Textbooks: A Native Medical Student’s Testimony"Jaron Kee

Jaron Kee is a member of the Navajo Nation and second year medical student at the University of New Mexico’s School of Medicine (UNM). Mr. Kee was raised in Crystal, a small community on the Navajo Reservation, named for the clear creeks that run through his home community. Toward the end of his high school career, Jaron volunteered at the local hospital and quickly became interested in medicine after witnessing the gaps in healthcare on the reservation. After graduating high school, Jaron entered UNM’s Combined BA/MD Degree Program in Albuquerque, NM; the program’s mission is to generate physicians who will one day help address the physician shortage in New Mexico, especially in underserved areas of the state. In 2015, Jaron completed the undergraduate portion of the BA/MD Degree Program, double majoring in Chemistry and Biology with a minor in Health, Medicine, and Human Values. During his undergraduate career, Jaron partook in NINDS’ summer research program. He was placed in Dr. Hallett’s lab, working under the direction of Dr. Nivethida investigating the effect of current direction on short latency intercortical facilitation (SICF). Following his medical training, Jaron plans to return home and help close the gaps in healthcare on his reservation.