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The academic field of medicine is not technically a college major. Instead, med school is something you attend after you've obtained your undergraduate degree.  If you are planning on going to med school, you can major in anything that interest you at the bachelor's level.

Of course, some majors make more sense than others if you're planning on attending med school.  Any field of study that encourages critical reading, thinking and writing skills would be good. There are courses that you'll need to apply to med school, including biology, chemistry, physics, math and English.  And there's the traditional premedicine degree path. 

Premed is not essential to getting into med school. But some students find it advantageous in that it provides you with an exposure to the math and science courses that you'll need to continue your studies. Another advantage to premed is that you'll meet teachers who can then function as advisers for you on the med school selection and application process.

If you are planning on studying medicine, be prepared for a long and challenging experience. All of the process is competitive, even the admission process. But, if you're committed and passionate about medicine, then the career can be very fulfilling. It offers opportunities for actually making a difference that can be found in few other disciplines.

Medical school degree programs come in all sorts of formats. There are 7-year programs that combine bachelor's level study with a med school program. A larger number of programs are of the 4-year variety and require a bachelor's degree to apply. You'll also need letters of recommendation and competitive scores on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).

Not all of the scholarships listed here are for individuals attending med school. There are also scholarship opportunities for technical fields, such as medical office computer specialist or medical radiologic technician. Some scholarships may be open to applicants from a wide range of medical fields, including nursing.

The career outlook for physicians and surgeons is quite strong. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that career opportunities for these professions is expected to increase by 24% over the coming decade. This is much faster than the average for all occupations. This increase will be fueled, in part, by the growing percentage of the elderly portion of the population.

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Scientist Development Grant

This grant is designed to support highly promising beginning scientists in their progress toward independence; bridges the gap between completion of research training and readiness for competition as an independent investigator. - 4-year project and salary support for MD's, PhD's, DO's or persons with equivalent doctoral degrees - U.S. citizen or permanent resident - $65,000 annually for salary, fringe benefits, indirect costs, and project costs (at least $35,000 for project support) - Applications may be submitted for reveiw in final year of postdoctoral research fellowship or in initial years of first faculty appointment - Applicants cannot hold or have held any other national award

SNMTS Bachelor’s Degree Completion Scholarship

Description The SNMTS Bachelor’s Degree Completion Scholarship serves to support current nuclear medicine technologists who are pursuing a Bachelor’s degree completion program related to their nuclear medicine careers. This scholarship is made possible through a grant from the Education and Research Foundation for SNM. Requirements: To be eligible for the SNMTS Bachelor’s Degree Completion Scholarship, candidates must: • Demonstrate financial need. • Hold a certificate or associate’s degree in nuclear medicine technology. • Be currently enrolled in a bachelor’s level program to advance their career in nuclear medicine. • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 grading scale. • Be a member of the SNMTS. Serious applicants only, please. Questions regarding eligibility requirements or application contents should be directed to Nicole Mitchell, Program Manager, at nmitchell@snm.org or by calling 1.703.652.6795.

Melvin P. Nelson & Esther L. Nelson Heart Scholarship

The purpose: This scholarship was established as a permanent tribute to the years of dedicated fundraising for the American Heart Association of Melvin P. and Esther L. Nelson. This scholarship will enable a medical student to participate in health science research at a Minnesota institution and to explore the field of research as a career. Who is eligible: Minnesota Students Only: Medical students registered at a teaching institution in the State of Minnesota are eligible for this award. How the scholar is selected: The scholar will be chosen on merit by an American Heart Association, Midwest Affiliate Committee of medical and/or scientific professionals. The scholarship: The successful candidate will receive a stipend of $1,200 for a period of full-time research (usually three months duration) with the sponsor. How candidates apply: Candidates must submit the appropriate form and complete all other requirements. Applications must be fully completed to receive consideration. Where to apply: For further information and application forms, please visit www.heart.org/mnscholarships

John J. Ayash Memorial Scholarship

To financially assist second or third year North Dakota medical students on the basis of need at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine.

Ronald D. Roberts Memorial Medical Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial aid to a deserving medical student in southern Indiana. This scholarship was made available in memory of Dr. Ronald Roberts, a cherished local physician and advocate for providing access to medical education for all students. Each year the scholarship may vary in amount and is currently $4,000. Disbursements are mailed directly to the school. Please check the website for more information.

Marcie Ann Weintraub Memorial Scholarship

Recipients must have an expressed interest in the field of Chemistry and/or life sciences and have a minimum GPA of 3.000.

Lung Health Dissertation Grant

The objective of the Lung Health Research Dissertation Grant is to support pre-doctoral dissertation research in the various disciplines of social science examining risk factors affecting lung health including:  Psychosocial lung health research  Behavioral lung health research  Health services and health policy research  Epidemiological/Biostatistical lung health research  Public Health education research ELIGIBILITY Education and Experience At the time of application, the applicant must be a matriculating student in good standing in a full-time academic program leading to a doctoral degree in one of the above-mentioned fields. Nurses pursuing a doctoral degree in any field are eligible. Individuals with an MD degree who wish to acquire a PhD or those conducting bench research not involving patients or patient data are not eligible to apply. Citizenship At the time of application, candidates must be United States citizens or foreign nationals holding one of the following visa immigration statuses: permanent resident (Green Card), exchange visitor (J-1), temporary worker in a specialty occupation (H-1B), Canadian or Mexican citizen engaging in professional activities (TN), Australians in Specialty Occupation (E-3 visa) or temporary worker with extraordinary abilities in the sciences (O-1). Lung Health Dissertation applicants may hold a student (F-1) visa. At the time of application and throughout the award, an applicant must be employed by a U.S. institution. Applicants are required to submit one signed original plus two copies of all application materials to: American Lung Association 21 W. 38th Street, 3rd Floor New York, NY 10018 ATTN: Research Division

Gunilla Bentel Scholarship

Eligibility requirements:• Any currently accepted or enrolled student in a JRCERT accredited Medical Dosimetry program in fall. Applicants must be a member of AAMD in good standing at the time of application and award.• The scholarships may be awarded only to those students who will employ them to continue their formal medical dosimetry education.• Selection is based on the applicant’s justification of award, educational plan, academic performance and standing, potential for development, leadership capacity and AAMD activities.

Chiyoko and Thomas Shimazaki Memorial Scholarship

National JACL membership is a requirement to be considered for a JACL scholarship. Membership must be held by the applicant or applicant's parents only. Extended family ties do not apply for this requirement. Student memberships are available. For more information about membership categories, please contact the JACL Membership Department at National Headquarters. Applicants must also be planning to attend a college, university, trade school, business school or any institution of higher learning at the graduate school level in the upcoming fall. This award is given to a student planning a career in the medical field.

John Grisez Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: • For graduating senior who has been accepted to medical or law school following graduation (must submit proof of acceptance from medical/law school or application will not be considered)• Preference will be given to applicants showing financial need GPA: 3.00

UNCF/Merck Science Initiative

Classifications: Undergraduate Junior, Graduate Student, Postdoctoral Fellow, Graduate DoctoralMinimum GPA: 3.0Eligible Majors: Pre-Medicine, Science, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Microbiology, Biotechnical, Biomedical Research, Health, Medicine, Comp Biology, Animal Science, Chemical EngineeringEligible Schools: OpenEligible Locations: Open Scholarship Detail:This $20 million, 10-year program is dedicated to expanding the pool of African American biomedical scientists. Students must be undergraduate juniors (3.3 GPA), graduate students, or postdoctoral fellows majoring in the life or physical sciences. Donor/Sponsor Name: Merck Company Foundation

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