The Primary Care Scholars Program (PCSP) is a 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.  

The DPCSP will offer the accepted medical student additional educational enrichment experiences in primary care while providing a financial scholarship through the Dean’s Office on a yearly basis.  This scholarship funding will be contingent on participation in the program, ongoing commitment to primary care, and overall academic performance.

Application deadline is Monday, November 13, 2017


Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for this program?
The DPCSP for 2018 is designated for the current first year medical school class. This is the class that matriculated in the summer of 2017.

What are the primary care specialties?
Primary care is based out of the following specialties:  Family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics and medicine-pediatrics.

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. An annual Dean’s Primary Care Scholarship is provided to help offset academic expenses. This scholarship is $5,000 for the first year and $10,000 for each successive academic year involved in the program.

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

PLEASE NOTE:  These academic experiences are for enrichment purposes only.  While the program educational components are beneficial to developing the skills needed for primary care advocacy and leadership, they are not required by the School of Medicine for academic credit.

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 deadline for applying to the Primary Care Scholars Program?
Monday, November 13, 2017 is the last day to turn in applications to our office for the DPCSP.

What is the selection process like?

Following the application review, selected students will interview with the PSCP 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 mail the completed application materials to Tammi Taylor at the address below or send electronically to:

Tammi Taylor
UAB SOM Primary Care Scholars Program
VH 100
1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294-0019
WHAT if I have further questions about the program?
For further information, please contact the Program Faculty Director, Dr. B. Earl Salser Jr. MD. His email address is .