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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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
The Quanta Picosecond Laser scholarship is given to those students pursuing an education in medicine, physics, science and engineering. This merit based provides a one time award of $1000 to be used for tuition and education expenses.
Recipients must have an expressed interest in the field of Chemistry and/or life sciences and have a minimum GPA of 3.000.
The Healthcare Worker Scholarship is an annual $500 scholarship awarded to a student pursuing a career in the healthcare field who submits the best 200 word essay on the topic of how choosing a career in healthcare can make a positive difference in their community. Applicants must be college students pursuing a healthcare related undergraduate degree or graduate degree. High school students are also eligible if they plan to study a healthcare related major and will be at least 18 years of age by the date of scholarship reimbursement.
This scholarship is sponsored by healthcareworkersalary.com, a leading healthcare salary information website in the United States. Healthcare Worker Salary provides a comprehensive resource of useful information for aspiring healthcare workers, including salaries for different professions, schools and programs available and recommended resources.
To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be:
At least 18 years of age.
A college student pursuing a healthcare related undergraduate degree or certificate at an accredited college or university.
High school student planning to pursue a healthcare related major.
Each year at its National Convention in July, the National Federation of the Blind gives a broad array of scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars. All applicants for these scholarships must be (1) legally blind and (2) pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time post-secondary course of study in the upcoming fall semester, in the United States, except that one scholarship may be given to a full-time employee also attending school part-time. Recipients of Federation scholarships need not be members of the National Federation of the Blind. Scholarship is for one year. Renewals possible upon reapplication. Preference will be given to those studying to enter the medical field.
The objective of the Biomedical Research Grant is to provide seed monies to junior investigators researching the mechanisms of lung disease and general lung biology. We invite the best and brightest basic science researchers to submit an application for the grant cycle and join us in our mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.
Education and Experience
At the time of application, an applicant must hold a doctoral degree and have a faculty appointment or equivalent with demonstrated institutional commitment (salary support, research space). Fellows are eligible to apply only if their Department Chair can assure a promotion to faculty status by the start of the award. An applicant must have completed two years of post-doctoral research training by the start of the award. Grantee organizations must be recognized academic or other non-profit research entities.
Medical residents, those presently enrolled in a degree program (e.g., graduate students), and established investigators are not eligible to apply. Factors that are considered indicative of established investigatorship include, but are not limited to, academic rank of professor or associate professor, awards of established investigatorship or large grants (e.g., NIH-R01 Awards, Veterans Administration Merit Review Awards), an extensive bibliography, or a national reputation as an
investigator in the field of pulmonary disease and critical care medicine.
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).
Applicant studying in the School of Medicine, nursing or medical-related fields of study; maintain a 2.5 GPA. Instructions for Application: 1. All applicants must attach academic official transcripts to their applications.
Established in 2002 by Rosemary Stirn, provides a scholarship for students graduating from FCHS who are deserving of financial assistance. Primary consideration given to students who plan to pursue a medical profession.
This scholarship will give one student with student loan debt the opportunity to relieve some of the financial burden placed upon them, in exchange for a genuine display of dedication to help treat patients and uphold to the standard of care essential to becoming a successful, practicing physician.
Applicant must have completed their first year of Medical School
Applicant must have passed all 1st year classes and show proof that they are enrolled for their second year of school
Applicant must submit an official copy of their 1st year transcript, along with proof of student loan
It is preferred the recipient be a Pre-Medicine student of western Kansas origin. Recipient should consider practicing medicine in western Kansas.
The Foundation will provide scholarships, endowments, and grants for high school seniors who have expressed specific interest in health care education.
Interested students can apply for a foundation scholarship by writing a two page summary that includes:
I. Career intentions and a summary of the applicant’s goals in pursuing a career in a health care profession.
II. Events which have influenced the applicant’s future goals.
III. Factors demonstrating aptitude for a career in health care.
IV. Brief summary of the applicants financial need.
V. Qualifications, resume, and class ranking.
VI. Applicants personal information including names of parents, mailing address and reliable phone number.
Applications are currently accepted from students attending one of the following local schools: Manatee, Southeast, Bayshore, Braden River, and Lakewood Ranch.
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