NMF provides important core funding to underrepresented students
in the form of need-based scholarships to first and second-year
medical students. We work to develop the leadership potential
of minority medical students through fellowship programs that
provide training opportunities in substance abuse research
and treatment, HIV/AIDS care, violence prevention, biomedical
research, community-based primary care and health services
research. In its 56-year history, NMF has granted more than
$38 million dollars in scholarships, fellowships and special
merit awards to talented and deserving underrepresented students.
Our newest initiative, the NMF Fellows Academy, will help
NMF establish stronger ties with its Scholars across the country
and increase student participation in our programs. Academy
membership is by invitation only and open to current NMF Scholars.
Fellows Academy programs include leadership and skills building,
preparation for residency and careers, and exposure to role
models and mentors who help guide our students' professional
development. Long-term, the Academy will become a network
of pre-medical students, medical students and physicians working
together to support each other and to promote the goals and
mission of National Medical Fellowships.
NMF has also expanded its base of operations. Our West Coast
regional office, opened in 1998 in San Francisco, California,
has helped to expand our donor base and scholarship opportunities
for students in California. The newly established satellite
office in Washington DC will enable us to work more closely
with key policy makers and think tank organizations and help
us to establish stronger relationships with students and medical
schools in the greater Washington, DC area.