Native American Student Spotlight: Sierra Posey-Grounds, OSU-COM at the Cherokee Nation
Monday, November 22, 2021
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In November, we will be spotlighting Native American students at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in honor of Native American Heritage Month.
Sierra Posey-Grounds, first-year medical student at OSU-COM at the Cherokee Nation
Where are you from?
I am from Coweta, Oklahoma.
What tribe/nation are you a citizen or member of?
I am a member of the Muscogee Nation.
Why did you want to go into medicine?
I have wanted to be a physician since I was little. When I was younger, I spent a lot of time in the hospital with my little brother who had a type of childhood cancer. It was then that I knew I wanted to help sick people. As I got older, I developed a love for science and medicine and I decided to pursue medicine.
What has the experience been like so far at OSU-COM at Cherokee Nation?
I have loved being a student at OSU at Cherokee Nation. I feel so proud that I get to be a part of this union between the Cherokee Nation and OSU. As I walk around campus, I see Native American culture incorporated everywhere.
How has being Native American impacted your life or your decision to be a physician?
Ever since I was a child, my tribe has always been there to support me and help me get to where I am today. It brings me great joy to study at a tribally affiliated college and hopefully give back to my people. There are many health care discrepancies and Native health is vital in helping close the health care discrepancy gaps.