The need for physicians in the Indian Health Service areas continues to grow. The Navajo Nation and the Aberdeen Area are two spots that continue to need locum tenens services in various specialties, including EM, FP, IM, surgery, anesthesiology, OB/GYN and many more.
A little bit of background on the Navajo Nation
The Navajo Nation extends into the states of Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. The Navajo words, “Din`e Bik`eyah” mean the Navajoland. The Navajo Nation is larger than 10 of the 50 US states. The Navajo language was used during World War II to create a secret code for our troops. Many Navajo men served during this time. They were called “Navajo Code Talkers.” Their commitment to our nation and to this cause is a great example of bravery and patriotism.
The population of the Navajo Nation is over 250,000 people. Navajos live in some of the most beautiful, scenic locations in the country including Canyon de Chelly Monument, located in northeastern Arizona, which features a sandstone spire that rises 800 feet from the canyon floor, and the Grand Canyon, which is 277 miles long and reaches 18 miles wide in some spots.
Introducing the Aberdeen Area
The Aberdeen Area extends into South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa. The population of the Aberdeen Area is approximately 94,000. There are nine hospitals in the area to help service this population.
The Aberdeen Area also has much to offer in terms of scenic beauty. The Black Hills appear dark from a distance because of the gorgeous spruce trees that blanket them. The prairies are home to the largest buffalo population in the country. The area is abundant with wildlife of many kinds, including deer, antelope, and coyotes. Mount Rushmore offers the spectacular addition of man’s artistic touch and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the area. The Badlands offer a scenic appeal for those who love wildflowers and striking colors. Many fossils have been found in these lands. One of the most intriguing is the saber toothed tiger. The Missouri River flows through North and South Dakota and is part of the border of Nebraska. This amazing river was once a major transportation link but now it feeds four major dams. The lakes (Lake Oahe, Lake Sharpe, Lewis and Clark Lake, and Lake Sakakawea) provide great fishing and beautiful blue water. Speaking of lakes, the Glacier Lakes in northeastern South Dakota provide some of the best fishing in the entire area.
VISTA has had the privilege of serving the unique patient populations in these areas for many years. When you are ready for your stint, give us a call!