American Medical Association's Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship Awards for Medical Students

Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarships

Course(s) Offered: Medicine & Surgery
Course Level: Undergraduate (MBBS)
Provider: AMA Foundation
Country to Study in: USA

Scholarship Description
The American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation has made it a priority to assist medical students in handling the rising cost of medical education. The Physicians of Tomorrow Awards were created in 2004 to provide financial assistance to medical students facing spiraling medical school debt.

On average, medical students in the U.S. graduate with a debt load of nearly $162,000. A large debt burden may deter many from practicing in underserved areas of the country or practicing primary care medicine. To date, over $1million has been granted to exceptional medical students across the nation.

Each $10,000 scholarship is based on different eligibility requirements.
  • Physicians of Tomorrow Award: Selection is based on academic excellence and financial need.
  • Physicians of Tomorrow Award, supported by the Johnson F. Hammond, MD, Fund: Selection is based on a commitment to a career in medical journalism.
Additionally, medical schools in the state of Oklahoma may submit 2 additional nominees for the following scholarship opportunity:
  • Physicians of Tomorrow Award, supported by the Dr. Lin and Minta Hill Alexander Fund: The recipient of this scholarship must currently attend medical school in that state of Oklahoma. Selection is based on academic excellence and financial need.
Each scholarship category takes into consideration academic excellence and financial need.

Eligible groups
Current third-year medical students/individuals from any country in any accredited US medical school (please see 'Guidelines to Request Funding from AMA Foundation' below)

Participating Institutions
All accredited medical schools in the United States

Fields of study
Medicine & Surgery

Number of awards
The number of recipients is determined after all applications have been received.

Typically, 8-12 recipients in total are selected. Each medical school can nominate one person for each of the different scholarship opportunities (2 nominees in total).

Sponsorship duration
All programs are one-year grants and are awarded at the same time every year.

Scholarship benefits
These $10,000 scholarships reward current third-year medical students/individuals who are approaching their final year of medical school.

What does the AMA Foundation fund?
  1. Tuition assistance scholarships to medical students (Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarships, Minority Scholars Award, Arthur N. Wilson, MD Scholarship, Scholars Fund) – Programs available in February.
  2. Public health mini-grants (Fund for Better Health) – Program applications available in Spring
  3. Free clinic programs (Healthy Communities/Healthy America; Fund for Better Health) – Program application for Healthy Communities/Healthy America available in Winter and funded in Summer; program application for Fund for Better Health available in Spring
  4. Medical Student, Physician Resident and Physician Fellow research projects (Seed Grant Research Program; National and Regional Student Research Forums) – Program applications available in Fall/Winter
All programs are one-year grants and are awarded at the same time every year. Once the deadline has passed, we will not fund that program until the following year. Please see each program’s Web page for more details.

Method of Application
Contact your medical school if you are interested in being nominated for the Physicians of Tomorrow Awards. They will be able to provide you with the application form as well as inform you of other required materials such as letters of recommendation, transcript/scores and a personal statement.

Please see the complete official 'Guidelines to Request Funding from AMA Foundation' page.

Applications available: February 2013
Nominations due: May 29, 2013

Call if you have any questions or concerns: (312) 464-4200

Application Deadline: 29 May 2013
Open to International students: Yes

Resource: Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions

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