Fourth Year Medical Student Elective Rotation Scholarship for Medical Students Underrepresented in Medicine

Pine Rest’s Graduate Medical Education Department is committed to fostering an environment of excellence and providing the highest quality patient care through our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

We encourage inclusion of all, including those who are historically underrepresented in medicine by their racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, socioeconomic, and gender identities. We offer a unique opportunity for fourth year medical students from groups currently underrepresented in medicine. Our scholarship provides assistance and support in order to gain clinical exposure within the field of psychiatry in the form of a month-long elective rotation.

The purpose of this scholarship is to guide and support medical students from underrepresented groups who plan to pursue psychiatry as a career. The scholarship provides $1,500 for travel, housing, food and other expenses. Throughout the rotation, scholarship recipients will receive a comprehensive learning experience at one of largest free-standing behavioral health organizations in the country.

Medical student rotations at Pine Rest are highly integrated with our psychiatry residency program which allows for interaction with current residents and faculty through both clinical experiences and didactics. Thank you for considering us, we hope to connect with you soon!

Who can apply?

  • Current 3rd year medical students applying for 4th year elective rotations from underrepresented backgrounds in medicine (including, but not limited to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identification) currently in good standing at an accredited U.S. allopathic or osteopathic medical school who intend to match into a psychiatry residency program.

How can I apply?

  • Link to application
  • Please upload the following documents under the “Resumes and Experiences” section on page 1 of the application:
    1. CV
    2. Step/Level 1 results (pass/fail)
    3. Personal Cover Letter outlining:
      • Why you are passionate about the field of Psychiatry;
      • Why you are choosing Psychiatry as your lifelong career;
      • Your answer to one of the following questions below:
        1. Describe any experiences in your personal life or in your training that have led you to appreciate the difficulties faced by the medically underserved. How do you foresee caring for the underserved in your future practice?
        2. Describe challenges that you have faced as an underrepresented minority in medicine and how you plan to use those experiences when caring for underserved populations.
        3. Describe your own experience as an underrepresented minority in medicine. You should further describe what you perceive to be the main impediments to the development of a diverse workforce and how you propose those impediments could be addressed.
  • Please submit the following, directly from the letter writer to
    1. A letter of recommendation and
    2. A statement of good standing from your medical school

How are the scholarship recipients selected?

  • All applicants completed by the due date will be reviewed by a medical education sponsored committee.
  • Meeting with scholarship applicant and members of the scholarship review committee to discuss what the scholarship has to offer and answer questions.

What is the deadline to apply?

  • We will start accepting applications on January 1, 2022 and applications will be due on April 1, 2022. Students will be notified of our decision by May 15, 2022.

How are the scholarship recipients selected?

  • All applications completed by the due date will be reviewed by a medical education sponsored committee.

What are the details of the scholarship?

  • Medical students selected for this rotation will receive a $1,500 stipend for rotation expenses. The stipend will be given in the form of reimbursement for travel, housing, food, and other expenses incurred throughout the month-long rotation. The stipend will be given after satisfactory completion of the rotation and after appropriate documentation is submitted.


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