Awards

Physicians of Tomorrow Awards

In 2016, the average median debt burden for medical school graduates was $190,000. The Physicians of Tomorrow Awards provide financial assistance to medical students facing medical school debt. Since 1950, the Foundation has provided more than $60 million in financial aid to exceptional medical students across the nation.

Foundation Minority Scholarship recipient Rachel Bervell thanks the Foundation for making an investment in her potential to address barriers to health care as a future clinician.

Award Applications & Deadlines

Medical students eligible for this award must be nominated by their medical school dean or dean’s designate. If you're a medical student interested in being nominated, please contact your school. Our application portal will be updated later in 2018 with information for the 2018 application.

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If you are a medical school and have questions regarding the Physicians of Tomorrow Award Program, please contact [email protected].

"The Physicians of Tomorrow Award provided important encouragement for my continued dedication to addressing barriers to healthcare. Thank you so very much for this wonderful award!"

Leslie Maness Harris, Physicians of Tomorrow Award recipient

Eligibility Requirements

The Physicians of Tomorrow Awards reward medical students who meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants are medical students who are approaching their final year of medical school.
  • Each $10,000 scholarship is based on different eligibility requirements.
  • Each medical school is allowed 2 nominations per category. Each student can only be nominated under 1 category.

There are 10 different scholarships (awards) under the Physicians of Tomorrow umbrella. These are:

    AMA Foundation Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarships

    AMA Alliance Grassroots Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship: Students must have an interest in women’s and/or children’s health issues.

    Made possible by:

    • The generous donors to the Alliance Grassroots Honor Fund

    AMA Foundation Chicago-area Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship: Students must attend one of the 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. Made possible in part by:

    • The AMA Employee Scholarship Fund
    • The Arthur Foundation

    AMA Foundation Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship: A general nomination form must be submitted by a medical school dean or designate.

    Made possible in part by:

    • The Lazarus Family Fund
    • The Dr. and Mrs. J. James & Charli Rohack Fund
    • The Barney & Kelda Maynard Fund
    • The H. Hugh Vincent, MD Family Fund
    • The Formica-Riggs/New Jersey Honor Fund
    • The Illinois Honor Fund
    • The North Central Conference/Kenneth Viste, MD Memorial Honor Fund
    • The Oklahoma Honor Fund

    Dr. Lin and Minta Hill Alexander Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship

    Made possible by:

    • The Estate of Mary Frances Alexander in memory of her parents

    Dr. Richard Allen Williams & Genita Evangelista Johnson/Association of Black Cardiologists Scholarship

    Made possible by:

    • The Dr. Richard Allen Williams and Genita Evangelista Johnson/Association of Black Cardiologists Fund

    Medical Society of the State of New York/Dr. Duane and Joyce Cady Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship: Students must 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. Made possible by:

    • The generous donors to the MSSNY/Dr. Duane and Joyce Cady Honor Fund

    Ohio Physicians of Tomorrow: Students must attend medical school in the state of Ohio and be actively involved in, or willing to become involved in, organized medicine. Made possible by:

    • The generous donors to the Ohio Honor Fund

    The David Jones Peck, MD, Health Equity Scholarship Fund: Students must demonstrate an interest toward health disparities and the desire to promote health equity in diverse, economically disadvantaged urban environments.

    Made possible by:

    • Brian D. Vandenberg and the AMA Office of General Counsel

    The Herman E. Diskin, MD Memorial Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship: Students must demonstrate a strong commitment to humanitarian public service and compassionate patient care. There are no restrictions on populations served, field of medical specialization or geographical area. Made possible by:

    • Susan D. Diskin, Ph.D

    Underrepresented in Medicine (formerly the Minority Scholars Award): For African American, Latino/Hispanic, or Native Americans/ Native Hawaiians/Alaska Natives scholars who demonstrate a dedication to serving vulnerable or underserved populations.

    Made possible in part by:

    • The Harold & Mary Marsh Fund