The National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) realizes the importance of increasing diversity in the health care workforce. The disproportionately small percentage of minorities, and, in particular, Hispanics, in the medical profession and in the pipeline leading to a medical profession persists despite continuing Federal, foundation, and educational efforts across the country. NHMA staff designed a program to increase awareness among pre-med students that included Recruitment Conferences and Fairs with Recruiters, website page with key resources, Medical Scholars Program with mentoring from Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) and other medical students, an NHMA PreMedical Student Webinar Series, and a tracking system.
In order to help coordinate the Recruitment Conferences, since 2013, NHMA has been partnering with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and 3 medical schools: Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the LMSA. Together they hosted 6 medical school recruitment events for Hispanic and underrepresented high school and college students with an interest in medical and other health professional careers. They had medical school recruiters, premedical advisors, and physicians and medical students as speakers. We also include other medical school recruiters at the events to provide more counseling to over 2500 pre-med students.
Following the events, all college students or college graduates were invited to participate in the NHMA Medical Scholars Program and were assigned to a medical student Mentor from LMSA or from the partner medical schools to provide more personal advice on how to strengthen the medical school application, the premedical activities planning, and the knowledge about medical school tips for success. In addition, students have all become aware of the NHMA network and future opportunities in medicine to work to improve the health of Hispanics.
This year the NHMA also developed a Webinar Series for the Medical Scholars who participated in the mentoring program, including topics such as the Medical School Application, Financing Your Medical School Journey, and more.
The funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Minority Health. Please contact NHMA office staff if you are interested in supporting this program.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact NHMA staff at 202-628-5895.
RESOURCES FOR PRE-MED STUDENTS - EITHER HIGH SCHOOL, COLLEGE, COLLEGE GRADUATES:
NHMA FAQs from Medical Students: http://www.nhmamd.org/images/Future%20Docs/FAQ%20and%20Advice%20from%20Medical%20Students%20-%20FINAL.pdf
NHMA FAQs from Medical School Recruiters: http://www.nhmamd.org/images/Future%20Docs/Recruiter%20Survey%20Responses%20-%20Final.pdf
AAMC Aspiring Doctors Website: https://www.aamc.org/students/aspiring/
Medical School Application Process: https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/amcas/how_to_apply/
Summer Programs for College Students: https://services.aamc.org/summerprograms/
Pipeline & Outreach Programs for Students: https://www.aamc.org/students/aspiring/experience/301974/pipeline.html
Financial Assistance/Options for Medical School: https://www.aamc.org/students/aspiring/paying/
Medical School Admission Requirements: https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/requirements/
National Merit Scholarship Program: http://www.nationalmerit.org/nmsp.php
National Latino & American Indian Scholarship Directory: http://www.csusm.edu/air/resources/scholarship_guide.pdf
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: CDC Fellowships & Internships
STEM Support Resources: http://www.onlineschools.org/stem-resources/
Tylenol Future Care Scholarship: http://www.tylenol.com/news/scholarship
Scholarships for Immigrant Students: http://e4fc.org/resources/scholarshiplists.html
Quest Bridge: College Prep for High School Juniors and Seniors: http://www.questbridge.org/for-students/students-start-here
Coca-Cola Scholarship for Graduating High School Seniors: http://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/applicants/#programs
Minority Scholarship for College and Graduate School Students: https://www.fatomei.com/scholarships-for-minorities.html
Guide to Internships and Fellowships in Government: http://pathtopmf.com/guide-to-internships-and-fellowships-in-government/?elq=44d691b1ef5145b0affe61a0998d38ae&elqCampaignId=5339
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program for High School Seniors: http://www.jkcf.org/scholarship-programs/college-scholarship/
US Dept. of Homeland Security Summer Internship Program: http://www.orau.gov/dhseducation/internships/
NIH Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award: https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/postbac_irta
Infoparrot Scholarship of Academic Excellence: http://www.infoparrot.com/the-infoparrot-scholarship/
NHMA Internship Opportunity for Pre-Med students: you can arrange a semester self-study course for credit or we can offer stipends for limited number of students, please call (202)628-5895.