Minority Medical Student Resources

AspiringDocs.org(www.aamc.org) -- Created by the Association of American Medical Colleges, this site provides helpful information and tools for those considering becoming a doctor. Information and advice from experts on preparing for medical school, taking the MCAT, admissions, financial aid, and financial management is available.

AAMC Leadership Opportunities and Resources for Women and Minorities in Medicine(www.aamc.org) -- In addition to Aspiring Docs, the AAMC has a list of education programs, scholarships, and organizations that promote their mission of increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in medical education.

AAFP Cultural Proficiency Resources -- What is cultural proficiency? The AAFP offers guidelines, assessments, videos and other resources intended to educate about and promote cultural competency in a variety of settings.

AAFP Minority Issues Discussion List -- Join the AAFP's email discussion list on minority issues. (AAFP login required)

Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program(www.loanrepayment.ihs.gov) -- In exchange for at least two years of service at a facility that serves American Indians and Alaska Natives, you can receive up to $20,000 each year to help repay student loans. This program is open to all health professionals.

Soros Fellowships for New Americans(pdsoros.org) -- The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship program is an opportunity for New Americans (immigrants or children of naturalized citizens) to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. Fellowships are granted for up to two years of graduate study in the U.S.; medical students are encouraged to apply.

Student Doctor Network(studentdoctor.net) -- As an independent community of students, advisors, educators and practicing physicians, the Student Doctor Network offers articles, blogs, discussion forums and more for pre-med and medical students, residents and practicing physicians, and those seeking or currently involved in international medicine.

U.S. Office of Minority Health(minorityhealth.hhs.gov) -- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers resources on minority health that include health disparities efforts, campaigns and initiatives, research, state minority health liaisons and organizations, and financial assistance.

Minority and Rural Health(www.hrsa.gov) -- Minorities comprise 15 percent of the total rural population and account for 30 percent of the rural poor population, according tot he U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration Office of Rural Health. The office provides resources to help address the diverse health needs of rural minority populations, including research, specific health projects and initiatives, and related organizations and contacts.

Student and Minority Organizations

Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association(www.apamsa.org) -- APAMSA was formed to address issues of Asian Pacific American health, which it felt were being largely ignored by existing organizations. Since its initial formation, APAMSA chapters have formed at schools across the country to improve the health and well-being of the Asian Pacific American community and promote understanding of the unique challenges Asian Pacific Americans face in medicine.

Association of American Indian Physicians(aaip.org) -- The Association of American Indian Physicians was established to improve the health of American Indian and Alaksa Natives in part by promoting education in the medical disciplines. The organization supports students through information on scholarships, internships, and fellowships for Native American and Alaska Natives.

Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)(lmsa.net) -- LMSA (formerly NNLAMS) was founded to represent, support, educate and unify Latin American medical students in the U.S. Now more than 30 years in existence, the organization works to eliminate health disparities, educate medical students on Latino health issues and advocate for rights of Latinos in the health care system. LMSA leaders also work closely with the National Hispanic Medical Association.

Student National Medical Association (SNMA)(www.snma.org) -- SNMA is the nation's oldest and largest independent, student-run organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. SNMA is dedicated to ensuring culturally-sensitive medical education and services, as well as increasing the number of African American, Latino and other students of color entering and completing medical school.

SNMA/FMIG Collaboration -- SNMA chapters and Family Medicine Interest Groups (FMIGs) are encouraged by both the SNMA and AAFP to create joint programming on medical school campuses. Both groups--and the community being served--stand to benefit from this collaboration, which has recently been approved and formalized by their parent organizations.