At OnlineMedEd, we're committed to not only changing the way medical education is taught, learned, and applied, but to working with partners to make a positive impact in as many areas as possible. Curriculum and pedagogy are just two parts of this effort. Alone, they are not enough.
Closing the representation gap in medicine is an essential step in reducing health disparities between communities. One simple act is to begin addressing it by funding a scholarship for future black physicians.
Today, we're proud to announce that OnlineMedEd is offering a $12,000 scholarship to a Black student pursuing a degree in medicine.
This, the 2nd annual OnlineMedEd Scholarship for Future Black Physicians, is a reaffirmation of our commitment to improve health outcomes for all patients by addressing disparities wherever they are. Training more Black health professionals is a critically important step to help close the health disparity gap and help more Black students achieve their dreams of becoming great doctors.
We’re starting by offering a $12,000 scholarship to a selected Black student pursuing a degree to become an MD or a DO. Through this scholarship, we’re hoping to lessen the financial burden that many Black students often face when they embark on a career in the health professions and to empower them to be an active voice for change.
Chris McNeil, now an emergency medicine resident at OSU Medical Center in Tulsa, was our first recipient. You can read about his story here.
Over the course of the year, we will periodically check in with the recipient of this scholarship to see how their med school adventure is progressing.
Application Deadline: June 19, 2022 11:59 PM CT (UTC-5)
The application period is now closed
How long should the application take?
Your application is made up of a few questions and a short video. For the questionnaire, try to keep the responses to no longer than 350 words per question. For the video, the response should take only about 3 minutes, but try to keep it to no longer than 5 minutes if possible. We estimate 3–5 hours needed to complete the scholarship. The time it takes to thoughtfully complete the application will not affect your consideration. We are looking for complete, clear, and considerate responses.
As we’ll be periodically checking in on the winner and publishing stories about them in our news Outlet, The Rotation, the ability to clearly communicate your thoughts in a compelling way will be taken into consideration.
How do I receive my scholarship funds?
Recipients will be notified on 07/15/2022 and will be asked to confirm receipt of the email and provide proof of enrollment in their program. Details regarding what constitutes proof of enrollment are in the official rules. We’ll work with the winner to arrange the award. As a reminder, you can be asked to show proof of expenditure.
I am a US citizen but attend school in the Caribbean. Do I qualify?
Yes, US citizens attending a health professional school in the Caribbean are eligible to apply.
When will I hear back from you?
You will receive a confirmation email to confirm your application submission. We will notify everyone on or before 07/15/2022.
Who is eligible to apply for this scholarship?
Any Black medical school student from incoming first-year students to current students who have at least 1 academic year remaining in their studies. The student must be a U.S. citizen, be attending school within the U.S., and self-identify as Black.
If I’m selected, what else will I need to do over the course of the year?
Recipients of the OnlineMedEd Scholarship for Future Black Physicians will be expected to periodically provide content on their impressions of being a Black student in medical school or other related topics for The Rotation or other channels.
This could include trips to OnlineMedEd headquarters in Austin, Texas to meet with our founders and employees to discuss these topics and how to better address them.
We know how much work med school can be, and will only reach out a few times to hear from you.
I’m a med student, not a film student! What if my video doesn’t include a lot of production bells and whistles?
Don’t worry. Your video will be judged on its content and how well it is communicated, not how well it’s produced. Compelling framing of the issues falls under communication.