Dean’s Primary Care Scholars Program

The Dean’s Primary Care Scholars Program is a new, longitudinal, merit-based scholars program designed to promote and foster interest in primary care with the goal of developing future physician leaders in primary care.

It includes an annual scholarship of $10,000. Six to eight students will be selected to receive the opportunity for academically enriching experiences, dedicated mentoring opportunities, and scholarly activities that foster and develop clinical skills and perspectives relevant to primary care. This is a merit-based scholars program and requires a student to be in academic good standing. The student must also show an interest in primary care and demonstrate an understanding of service and its importance to medicine.

The program will offer the accepted medical student additional educational enrichment experiences in primary care while providing a Dean’s Primary Care Scholarship on a yearly basis. This scholarship funding will be contingent on participation in the program, ongoing commitment to primary care, and overall academic performance. Applications are accepted in January of each year from students who have successfully completed the first semester of Medical School

Application deadline is January 10, 2014.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for this program?
The program for 2014 is designated for the current first year medical school class. This is the class that matriculated in the summer of 2013.

What are the primary care specialties?
Primary care internal medicine, primary care pediatrics, primary care med-peds, and family medicine.

How many students will be selected?
Up to two students from each designated clinical campus will be selected. Designated campuses include Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery and Tuscaloosa.      

What are the benefits of being selected for this program?
Scholars will have academically enriching experiences, dedicated mentoring opportunities and scholarly activities that foster and develop clinical skills and perspectives relevant to primary care. Also, a $10,000 annual Dean’s Primary Care Scholarship is provided to help offset academic expenses.

What kind of academically enriching experiences does the program provide?
  1. Ongoing continuity clinic experience with a primary care physician
  2. Procedural workshops
  3. Primary care-focused, co-enrolled electives
  4. Primary care-focused, special topic experiences
  5. Summer enrichment clinical experiences
  6. Ongoing opportunities for community service
  7. Advocacy and leadership training
  8. Primary care-based scholarly activity opportunities
What are the requirements for continued enrollment in this program?
Scholars will be reviewed annually. Renewal of scholarships will be contingent on participation in the activities of the program, evidence of ongoing commitment to primary care and overall academic performance.

I already receive a scholarship from another entity. Does this hinder me from being selected for this program?
No. This is a merit-based scholars program. Program selection is based on interest and commitment to primary care and academic performance.

How do you apply for the Primary Care Scholars Program?
To apply to the program:
  1. Submit a completed application form
  2. Provide an updated resume
  3. Complete two essay questions concerning interest in primary care and basic understanding of medicine as a service profession
What is the selection process like?
Following the application review, selected students will interview with the selection committee. Selections will be announced after all evaluations and reviews have been completed.

What criteria is the committee looking for?
This is a merit-based scholars program and requires a student to be in academic good standing. The student must also show a commitment to primary care and demonstrate an understanding of service and its importance to medicine.

Where do we return the completed application materials?
Please return the completed application materials to Tammi Taylor at the address below or send electronically to: tammi@uab.edu.

UAB SOM Primary Care Scholars Program
VH 102D1
1720 2nd Avenue, South
Birmingham, AL 35294-0019
205-934-5035