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National Medical Scholarship for US Students by International Medical Scholars Program

2013 GE/NMF International Medical Scholars Program
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Deadline: October 1, 2012
A key NMF initiative is mentored externships that focus on improving the educational experiences of minority medical students that can also increase access of underserved populations to quality healthcare delivery. The GE/NMF International Medical Scholars Program enhances the knowledge skills and competencies of health professionals serving a diverse client population nationally and globally, provides a program model of mentored externship experiences for 4th year US minority medical students, and improves patient care in partner countries. GE/NMF International Medical Scholars complete a two-month elective in Ghana or Kenya, which focuses on critical regional health care needs.
Ghana and Kenya Opportunities Available
This two-month clinical/public health elective is conducted in district hospitals, and focuses on critical health care issues such as HIV/AIDS, diabetes, tuberculosis, heart disease, cancer, and infant mortality. Prior to departure, scholars receive briefing materials. Upon arrival in the host country, they participate in a more intensive orientation session led by the Program Coordinator at which time they receive their specific site assignments.
Program Expectations:
While working with mentors, scholars have the opportunity to work at two sites. Each GE/NMF International Scholar participant authors a written report and a PowerPoint presentation detailing their clinical findings and experiences. Weekly observational journals which focus on medical service and patient care are required. A team project, focusing on patient care and institutional capacity in collaboration with district staff, is also required. In Kenya, in collaboration with Maseno University, Scholars will provide mentoring to Maseno medical students. Scholars participate in a mid-term assessment, and an end-of-program assessment, a culminating event that includes individual and team presentations (PowerPoint required).
The program places a focus on building site capacity by using Scholars to provide site-specific training for administrators and health workers on public health issues based on specific hospital needs. Focus areas include: maternal/child health; trauma/surgery; and public health/disease prevention. A primary program objective is technical best practice sharing between US medical students and African medical professionals, with targeted training in high-impact areas such as neonatal resuscitation and processes.
Duration of Program:
Ghana: March 19, 2013 to May 9, 2013
Kenya: March 25, 2013 to May 14, 2013
*dates are subject to change
Eligibility Requirements:
To be eligible, candidates must be underrepresented minority students enrolled in their fourth-year at an accredited US medical school (MD or DO). Candidates must demonstrate outstanding academic achievement as evidenced in academic transcripts, faculty evaluations, receipt of special academic or national medical society honors, fellowships, awards, leadership as indicated by active participation in international health, community-based activities or initiation of innovative projects, and potential for distinguished contributions to medicine as indicated by participation in research, publications or unique clerkships.
NMF may reserve one fellowship for a first or second year resident who has participated in the program in previous years.
Living Conditions:
Both Ghana and Kenya provide a great opportunity for those interested in healthcare in developing countries, in tropical medicine, and/or community healthcare service. Former GE/NMF International Scholars note the impact of the program on their lives particularly in their personal contact with diseases studied previously only in textbooks. Applicants should be prepared to work within the program guidelines and accept local living conditions including double occupancy hostel-type accommodations at some sites, local food traditions, periodic water shortages and electrical outages, spotty internet access, and adherence to precautions required of a tropical climate (mosquito nets, malaria prophylaxis, sunscreen). Scholars who bring laptops to complete course requirements can easily do so (at their own risk) as long as they also bring surge protectors. Each student will be loaned a cell phone during the program.
Some group social activities will be provided at the beginning, middle, and conclusion of the program. Students must be aware that the program allows for only limited travel. All students must participate in all program activities and fulfill requirements within the specified time period, including departure to and from host country together.
Number and Value of Awards:
Fourteen GE/NMF International Scholars are chosen in addition to three alternates: eight scholars will be selected to participate in the Ghana elective and six to participate in the Kenya elective. Transportation, living expenses and a scholarship of $5,000 per student is provided. All students must submit and complete all academically acceptable program requirements within the specified time period, and participate in the mid-term and final evaluations.
Application and Selection Criteria:
Students must be nominated by their medical school deans. Each completed application must be accompanied by a letter of nomination that fully explains the candidate’s academic and leadership accomplishments during medical school, an official academic transcript, a curriculum vitae, and a personal 500-word statement in which the student discusses his/her motivation for a medical career and commitment to primary care, public or international health specialty. Applicants are ranked by the NMF International Advisory Committee on the basis of medical school recommendations, personal statement, academic achievements, and personal interviews. Finalists may be interviewed by past GE/NMF Scholars who can provide valuable insight into living and working conditions of the sites in Africa.
For more information please contact:
Melissa Brito, Program Coordinator
National Medical Fellowships, Inc.
347 Fifth Avenue, Ste. 510
New York, NY 10016
212-483-8880 x304

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