Congratulations, Bianca! Winner of the AMSA scholarship

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Gap Medics is a proud partner of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA). As the oldest and largest US organization of its kind, AMSA provides services and benefits to pre-medical students all over the country. Three times a year we invite one exemplary AMSA member to join us for a two-week pre-medical shadowing program in Tanzania or Thailand – for free! These scholarships are based on merit and creativity and take aspiring doctors behind the scenes of their future careers.

Bianca, winner of the AMSA scholarship

Our summer 2015 scholarship was awarded to New Jersey based biology major, Bianca Sanabria. Bianca’s passion and dedication came across in her submission – she impressed the panel with her knowledge of the medical landscape, her commitment to education and her desire to affect meaningful change. 

Ricky Persson, North American Student Placement Manager at Gap Medics, said: 

“We love to support students who view medicine as a continuing opportunity for learning, participate in research, and continue to increase their perspective – whether that be in the lab, or overseas.”

Bianca will join Gap Medics in Iringa, Tanzania this December. Here, she tells us about her career ambitions, and why she wanted to join the program: 

“Throughout my academic career, I have been working hard on developing my knowledge and experience of medicine, so that I can pursue my dreams of becoming a physician. I’ve participated in numerous academic enrichment programs and research projects, and dedicated much of my free time to philanthropic work; raising money and awareness for AIDS and cancer charities. I am an advocate for Prevent Child Abuse America, for which I have helped raise over $17,000 through my affiliation with Sigma Delta Tau.

“I have come to understand that there is a serious disparity between the healthcare that exists here in the United States and in communities aboard in the developing world.”

I have come to understand that there is a serious disparity between the healthcare that exists here in the United States and in communities aboard in the developing world. This understanding has fuelled by ambition to become a compassionate, influential medical professional – I want to ease that disparity by providing quality healthcare services to underprivileged communities. As a minority student, I am determined to represent positively the Hispanic community, and serve as a role model to other young aspiring physicians.

I am currently completing my sophomore year as a Biology major at Montclair State University. In preparation for my dream career, I welcome the opportunity to join Gap Medics. I’m looking forward to shadowing qualified physicians and learning how to be innovative with limited access to healthcare resources. I’m also excited to establish new relationships with students who have similar career goals. I hope that these new friendships will act as a network of support – one where we can encourage one another in the pursuit of our shared aspirations. I hope that this program will further cultivate my interest in medicine while strengthening my understanding of global health issues.”

Submissions for the current round of scholarships close on the 15th December 2015. The successful applicant will be informed by phone or email on the 31st December 2015. Click here for more info and how to apply >>

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