LMSA for Puerto Rico – Medical Student Scholarship

On November 1st, 2017 | Comments Off on LMSA for Puerto Rico – Medical Student Scholarship

 

Mini-grant Scholarships for Medical Students in Puerto Rico

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This award will fund a one time, non-renewable, relief scholarship of $500.00 for medical students in Puerto Rico who have experienced financial hardships due to Hurricane Maria.

Medical schools in Puerto Rico are American medical schools. Puerto Rican medical students are Latino medical students training in the U.S. LMSA is proud to have a chapter in Ponce, regional Southeast meetings in Puerto Rico, and Puerto Rican medical students throughout all our regions on the US mainland. Our colleagues in Puerto Rico have suffered damages to their homes, community hospitals, and medical school institutions. While in severe financial trouble, they are unable to apply for increased financial aid loans. Schooling carries on in the wake of the crisis, and students are working hard to move forward academically without internet, transportation, and even food, water, and electricity.

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 increased fundraising and advocacy.

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Mini-Grant Eligibility:

  1. Students must be enrolled in years 1-4 in the following medical schools:
  • Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • San Juan Bautista School of Medicine
  • Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine
  • University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
  • UMHS, St. Kitts
  1. Students must fill out the Mini-grant Application below (Deadline for submission: Nov 13th 11:59 EST)

Applicants with difficulties meeting basic needs will be prioritized in the initial grant cycle. As our fund grows we hope to be able to provide additional grants.

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WANT TO HELP?

  • Please donate to grow the LMSA-PR Fund to allow us to provide additional scholarships to students! To donate, visit lmsa.me/LMSA4PR

Want to join the LMSA-PR Emergency Task Force?

This task force administrates the mini-grant program and advocates for medical students in Puerto Rico by encouraging residency programs, medical schools, and organizations such as the AAMC to be more responsive to the needs of medical students in Puerto Rico.

 

From LMSA to Puerto Rico, with love,

The LMSA-PR Emergency Task Force

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#DefendDACA and our Immigrant Communities

On September 5th, 2017 | Comments Off on #DefendDACA and our Immigrant Communities

Dear LMSA Family,
Our fellow immigrant brothers, sisters, and families, are under threat again. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton along with attorney general from various other states sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the current administration calling for the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) by September 5thLMSA West is committed to fighting for the safety and stay of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in our country.
Below are some resources and things you can do to protect our families:

As we fight to protect DACA, we must not forget that there are many immigrants who are not protected under DACA who also need our support.

If you are an undocumented pre-health or health professional student, we want to hear from you! Please email us your story and a picture to be featured in our newsletter and LMSA West Facebook page. We can also feature your story anonymously. 
 
If you are interested in doing more policy work with LMSA West, join our Google Group.
In solidarity,
2017-2018 LMSA West Co-VPs of Policy
Marcela Zhou Huang vp_policy@lmsa.net
 
Web: lmsa.net/west   |   Facebook: facebook.com/LMSA.West    |   Twitter: twitter.com/lmsa_west

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LMSA-West Statement on Charlottesville Attack and Recent Events

On August 24th, 2017 | Comments Off on LMSA-West Statement on Charlottesville Attack and Recent Events

We, the students of the Latino Medical Student Association West Region are distraught by the events that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia. Organized members of White supremacist groups, Neo-Nazis, and KKK members protested the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. They gathered with the intent to intimidate and instill fear in the hearts of anyone they deemed different or unworthy. With the use of torches, batons, rifles, Nazi salutes, xenophobic slurs, and hateful rhetoric these groups inflicted direct harm and severe trauma to the Charlottesville community and the country. We mourn the death of Heather Heyer, the young advocate who was killed when an individual fueled by hate and extremism used his vehicle as a weapon to drive into peaceful counter-protesters. We grieve with her loved ones and stand in solidarity with the targeted communities of Charlottesville. We grieve for our country.

As the students of the Latino Medical Student Association, we are committed to serving, not only our own Latinx community, but all communities, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, language, or immigration status. As training physicians, we have a responsibility to speak out against the racism and hatred of the white supremacist groups that caused harm and loss of life. Racism, white supremacy, and xenophobia are acute and chronic threats to the lives of all our patients and our community members. As members of the Latinx community, we stand in solidarity with our Black, Muslim, Jewish, LGBTQ+, immigrant communities, and any other neighbors targeted by intolerance and hate. We stand together, committed to diversity, tolerance, love, and respect. Following Cesar Chavez’s call to action, we vow to “cherish and preserve the ethnic and cultural diversity that nourishes our community – and our nation.”

Sincerely,

The LMSA-West Executive Board

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NHHF Scholarship – Application Due 10/06/17

On August 7th, 2017 | Comments Off on NHHF Scholarship – Application Due 10/06/17

National Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship 2017Apply Here

“The National Hispanic Health Foundation, affiliated with the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University, will award 26 scholarships to graduate students in dental, medical, nursing, pharmacy, policy, and public health, who exhibit exceptional academic performance, documented leadership activities, and have a commitment to a career providing healthcare services to the Hispanic community in the US. The scholarships will be presented to awardees at the Tenth Annual California Scholarship Gala in Los Angeles on Thursday, December 14th, 2017 or the 14th Annual New York Scholarship Gala in New York City on Thursday, November 30th, 2017.”

For more information please visit: https://form.jotform.us/71444360054146

or contact scholarship@nhmafoundation.org

Best of luck on your applications!

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Join us for the 2017 LMSA Policy Summit on October 20th – 22nd in Washington, DC

On July 12th, 2017 | Comments Off on Join us for the 2017 LMSA Policy Summit on October 20th – 22nd in Washington, DC

Hola familia,

Please join us in October for our 4th Annual LMSA Policy Summit in Washington D.C. If you are planning on submitting a resolution, the deadline to do so is August 1st, 2017.

For more information and news from last year’s summit, please check out lmsa.net/policy.

 

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