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Medical School Scholarships, Grants & Aw

Medical School Scholarships, Grants, & Awards

Insider Advice on How to Win Scholarships

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Residency match expert Dr. Samir Desai has helped students win medical school scholarships, grants, and awards, and now shares his perspectives in this new resource. Winning awards and scholarships can:

  • Significantly reduce your debt. AAMC research indicates that the median education debt for the class of 2013 was $175,000.


  • Provide a major boost to your residency application, and set you apart from your peers. Awards can be placed in the application, MSPE (Dean's Letter), letters of recommendation, and CV. We have found that interviewers often ask about awards during residency interviews. "The [American Society of Clinical Pathology Academic Excellence Award] was a common topic during my residency interviews," says Alexander Gallan, a medical student at the Boston University School of Medicine. "I believed it helped my residency application immeasurably by providing justification for all the hard work I have done."


  • Elevate your profile with competitive specialties and residency programs. After Brian Caldwell, a medical student at the University of Arkansas, won the Dr. Constantin Cope Medical Student Research Award from the Society of Interventional Radiology, Dr. William Cup, his mentor, had this to say. "I am so pleased that he won the national SIR award, because his participation in the conference introduced him to national leaders in interventional radiology, and will help jumpstart his career."


  • Raise your stature in your medical school.


  • Make you more attractive for other awards and scholarships.


  • Further your professional reputation and enhance your credibility in the areas that form the basis for the award.


  • Solidify the support of faculty who become reference letter writers. Strengthening these relationships over time allows faculty members to write strong letters of   recommendation for residency.  


More than just an extensive list of awards and scholarships, this resource delves deep into the strategies for success.

Utilizing an insider's perspective based on years of working with scholarship and award recipients, this book will help you achieve your goal:

Winning Scholarships and Maximizing Your Chances of a Successful Residency Match

Look Inside the Book at Amazon
Read the First Chapter
Kevin MD Article on Scholarships
Don't Shy Away from Seeking Awards


The first 60 pages of this book are pure gold. It's filled with information about the application process, blunders to avoid, and nominating yourself to represent your school. He describes many specialized, proactive techniques to gather scholarship information...The rest of the book, about 500 pages, consists of an excellent breakdown of scholarships with their descriptions.

Helen H (Amazon Review).

A must have resource book for any resident applicant! Filled with important and helpful resources to boost up your CV for the application process. Also has vital information about the latest scholarships and grants available all the palm of your hand.

Amazon Review.

Excellent book! A thorough resource on how to not only improve your CV, but also attain financial help for students with significant educational debt. Highly recommended! Provides good guidance and concrete recommendations.

Alexander Vaysburd (Amazon Review).

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