This fund was created to support medical students in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Medical schools in Puerto Rico are American medical schools. Puerto Rican medical students are Latino medical students training in the U.S. Our colleagues in Puerto Rico have suffered damages to their homes, community hospitals, and medical school institutions. Schooling carries on in the wake of the crisis, and students are working hard to move forward academically without essential resources such as stable electricity and internet. All the while they have been on the front lines of the disaster response helping their communities.
As we think about the short term and long-term impact of this tragedy on the already growing health crisis of Puerto Rico, we recognize that LMSA, and all medical institutions on the US mainland, have a responsibility to support our fellow medical students currently training in Puerto Rico. As student stories and testimonials reach LMSA, we will continue to develop and expand our efforts through increasing grants awarded, fundraising, and advocacy.
This scholarship award is a dedicated grant from the LMSA Puerto Rico Emergency Task Force to supply scholarships to our medical student peers in Puerto Rico who need supplemental financial support to prepare for and take Step 1 and Step 2 CS/CK in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
This award will fund a one time, non-renewable, scholarship of $500 to be used for one or more of the following: