Sponsorship Program

Vision:

We envision a well-connected network of Egyptian American medical professionals, of the highest academic and moral standards, seeking betterment of the Egyptian and American health care system through supporting the ambitious training and research endeavors of young Egyptian medical professionals in the United States.

Mission:

–  Facilitate the United States Medical License Examination route through providing academic and financial sponsorship for promising applicants.

–  Providing mentorship for incoming residency applicants and current residents by attaching them with field specific mentors.

–  Providing interest free loans to help with residency match expenses.

–  Facilitating research and clinical observership opportunities for medical and pharmacy graduates.

–  Providing a portal for professional & social networking amongst Egyptian American physicians.

–  Supporting graduating residents in pursuit of fellowship, jobs and other medical career related endeavors.

–  Collaboration with other organizations and Egyptian institutions to raise awareness of training and research opportunities in the USA.

–  Providing temporary accommodation to incoming young physicians through subsidized housing.

Background:

The Egyptian American Medical Association (EAMA) strongly believes that actions speak loader than words. Few months after its establishment in 2013 EAMA created the Sponsorship committee with the primary goal of sponsoring promising medical graduates of Egyptian decent who wish to pursue educational and research opportunities in the United States.

It is not a secret that getting accepted in to a residency training program in the United States is a lengthy and tasking process. It starts with the United States Medical License Examination (USMLE) series, followed by the lengthy process of applying to various residency programs, travelling for interviews and settling down in a new country. Beside the tremendous physical and emotional effort involved, this process costs roughly a total of $ 11, 700 (82,000 Egyptian pounds).

Our goal is making the dream of advanced training in the US a reality though providing academic and financial sponsorship for promising candidates.  In 2013 we raised $23,000, all of which have been loaned directly to 7 sponsored applicants to help with residency match, exams and travel expenses. We have also assisted other applicants attain residency and research positions by providing academic mentorship. Our sponsored applicants have matched in various academic institutions in clinical and research positions all over the US.

Sponsorship programs:

Our sponsorship programs are available for Egyptian nationals or those of Egyptian descent. Please note that the number of sponsorship spots varies from one year to another.  Our current active sponsorship programs are:

1) Residency match sponsorship (Financial and/or non-financial): promising candidates are offered academic and/or financial sponsorship. Academic sponsorship entails career guidance sessions; tutoring on interviewing skills and application strategy. Financial sponsorship involves proving a non-interest loan ( up to $4000) to cover in part the expenses of the Residency Match.
2) USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 exam sponsorship (Financial): involves assisting in the expenses of the exam in the form of a non interest load.
3) USMLE Clinical skills exam sponsorship (Financial): involves assisting in the expenses of the exam, travel and accommodation in the form of non interest load ($1000 to $2400).
4) Research sponsorship (Financial and/or non-financial): Accepted posters or oral presentations at regional or national meeting are eligible for mentorship and financial sponsorship.  The chosen applicants will be mentored on poster preparation and presentation skills. He/she will also be granted half the price of the plan ticket.

*Meeting the pre-specified criteria does NOT guarantee acceptance in to any of our programs.

Selection criteria and application requirements for the Residency Match Sponsorship Program:

1. Egyptian nationals or those of Egyptian decent seeking residency training in the USA who are in need of financial support.
2. USMLE step 1 and 2 score more than or equal 220, as well as completion of the Clinical Skills exam. All exams must be passed from first attempt.
3. ECFMG certified or expecting certification by October 15.
4. Graduated from medical school with an overall grade of at least very good.
5. Graduated with in the last 3 years (calculated from the end of house officer year for Egyptian graduates)
6. Planning to apply for this year’s match cycle.
7. Valid US visa (B1/B2 acceptable), green card or citizenship.
8. Preference is given to applicants with US clinical or research experience and/or significant extra-circular activities

Selection criteria and application requirements for the Clinical Skills Exam Sponsorship Program:

1. Egyptian nationals or those of Egyptian decent seeking residency training in the USA who are in need of financial support.
2. USMLE step 1 and 2 score more than 220. All exams must be passed from first attempt.
3. Graduated from medical school with an overall grade of at least very good
4. Graduated with in the last 3 years (calculated from the end of house officer year for Egyptian graduates)
5. Planning to apply for the match within the next 2 years.
6. Valid US visa (B1/B2 acceptable), green card or citizenship.
7. Preference is given to applicants with US clinical experience and/or significant extra-circular activities.

Selection criteria for the USMLE Step 1/step 2 Exam Sponsorship Program:

1. Egyptian nationals or those of Egyptian decent seeking residency training in the USA who are in need of financial support.
2. Applicants are required to have completed any previous USMLE exam with a score 220 or higher.
3. Level of training is forth year medical student or above.
4. For graduates the applicant must have graduated within the last 3 years (calculated from the end of house officer year for Egyptian graduates)
5. Planning to apply for the match within the next 3 years.
6. Valid US visa (B1/B2 acceptable), green card or citizenship.
7. Preference is given to applicants with US clinical experience and/or significant extra-circular activities.

Selection criteria for research project sponsorship:

1. Accepted abstract or oral presentation in a national conference in the US.
2. Graduated from medical school within the last 15 years.

Applicants need to provide the following:

1. Detailed curriculum vita (CV)
2. USMLE score report and ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
3. Graduation certificate (if applicable)
4. A statement of need delineating why the applicant wishes to pursue residency or research in the US, why he/she thinks they deserve this opportunity.
5. At least two academic references and their contact details.
6. Cell phone number.

* Applicants are not allowed to apply to more than one sponsorship opportunity simultaneously.   

* Meeting the pre-specified criteria does NOT guarantee acceptance in to any of our programs.

* No exceptions to the above mentioned selection criteria will be made.

* Applicants considered for any of the sponsorship programs will be interviewed in person or over the phone.

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