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Physicians of Tomorrow Awards

Jessica Portillo

Jessica Portillo of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Physicians of Tomorrow Award recipient.

The 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 1 million has been granted to exceptional medical students across the nation.

Learn about one of these deserving scholarship recipients, Jared C. Bentley, MD, and his road to medical school. He is currently a resident in orthopaedic surgery at Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to his residency, Dr. Bentley tutors pre-med students at his alma mater, Shawnee State University, and helps them with the medical school application process.

Jared Bentley Video

Jared Bentley—Road to Medical School

Scholarship Cycle

The 2016 Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship deadline has passed. Please check our website in spring 2017 for more information.

Physicians of Tomorrow Award Eligibility

The Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarships reward current third-year medical students who are approaching their final year of medical school. In 2015, students can be nominated under the following categories:

1. AMA Foundation Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship (general category)

2. AMA Alliance Grassroots Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship
Must have an interest in and commitment to women's and/or children's health issues.

3. Dr. Lin and Minta Hill Alexander Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship
Must currently attend medical school in the state of Oklahoma

4. AMA Foundation Chicago-area Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship
Must currently attend one of the six Chicago-area medical schools: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Rush Medical College, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, or University of Illinois College of Medicine

5. Medical Society of the State of New York/Dr. Duane and Joyce Cady Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship
Must currently attend a medical school in the state of New York, be actively involved in organized medicine, and have expressed plans to practice in the state of New York

6. Ohio Physicians of Tomorrow
Must currently attend medical school in the state of Ohio and be actively involved in, or willing to become involved in, organized medicine

Each $10,000 scholarship is based on different eligibility requirements. In addition, each medical school is allowed a limited amount of nominations depending on the category. Please read the 2016 Physicians of Tomorrow information sheet for more details.

Physicians of Tomorrow Award Recipients
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A message from Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship Recipient Nadia Hernandez, MD, to the AMA Foundation and its donors:

Nadi Hernandez

"I want to share a story with you. Sometimes one may not be aware of the impact of their good deeds. I would like you to know that my parents combined income last year was $6,000.  When the Levi-Strauss plant closed in Brownsville, Texas, around the year 2000, the workers who had been there for over 25 years were given the opportunity to get their GED with subsequent job placement. Unfortunately, because my mother could not pass the English part (she speaks Spanish only), she was not able to get her GED. My mother has been working for the AARP part-time since she was laid off from her job. My father is 89 years old and has been retired for quite some time now. When they found out that I had won a scholarship in the amount of $10,000, my mother cried and said she would pray for the people who made this possible."


James L. Milam, MD

"I believe it is important for us to do our part to reduce the financial burden for young people attending medical school. Medicine is evolving and we need to support the changing health care needs of the American people by supporting future physicians."

—James L. Milam, MD


The Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarships are supported by generous individual donations, the AMA Alliance, the Audio-Digest Foundation, the Johnson F. Hammond, MD Fund and the Dr. Lin and Minta Hill Alexander Scholarship Fund.

Support the future of medicine and make a gift to the Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship program.