CMA Foundation awards 5 new medical student community leadership grants

August 04, 2016
Area(s) of Interest: Medical School Professional Development & Education 

The California Medical Association (CMA) Foundation has awarded five new medical student grants as part of its Medical Student Community Leadership Grant Program. The program provides grant funding to California medical students to support health-related educational, advocacy, community service and other outreach programs that enhance the well-being of California communities. Grant applications are reviewed on a semi-annual basis; the next application deadline is October 31, 2016.

Newly funded projects include:

  • Time Is Heart: Medical students at California Northstate University College of Medicine will perform educational outreach to medically underserved individuals in Sacramento who are at risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI). As a part of their outreach, students will distribute information on AMI and keychains containing one dose of aspirin at health fairs and community events in Sacramento.

  • 2nd Annual R-Health Healthcare Technology Conference: Established by students at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine, this conference will discuss the impact of “big data” on health care in the Inland Empire. Experts in the field will lead panel discussions about technology in health care from the clinical and policy perspectives.

  • VN CARES HBV Screening: Medical students at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine will provide free, culturally appropriate hepatitis B virus (HBV) screenings and educational outreach to the low-income Vietnamese community in Sacramento. Students will provide screening results, a link to follow-up care and educational information in English and Vietnamese.

  • The Paths to College Conference: The Latino Medical Student Association at UC Irvine will organize a conference for high school students from low-income communities to learn about college. The students and their parents will be transported to the UC Irvine Medical School campus for a day of English and Spanish-language workshops on preparing for college, applying for college and financial aid, and career exploration.

  • MindFull™—A Mobile App for Medical Student Mental Health Management: Medical students at the University of California, Irvine and the University of California, San Francisco have developed and are currently piloting a mobile app for the self-management of depression, anxiety and stress in medical students. The grant funding will be used to develop a Kickstarter marketing video, which the CMA Foundation will help to distribute.

The CMA Foundation's Medical Student Community Leadership Grant Program is funded in part through generous donations from physicians like you. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to support future funding of this important program.

For more information on the program, visit the CMA Foundation website.

Contact: Veronica Mijic, (916) 779-6624 or vmijic@thecmafoundation.org.


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