LIFT Program Provides Medical Students Interested In Urology With An Intensive One-Year Research Experience

The Department of Urology at the University of California Irvine School of Medicine is offering up to two medical students the opportunity to participate in the Leadership and Innovation Fellowship Training (LIFT) Program. During this one-year program, students can immerse themselves in basic science, translational, and clinical research projects. You do not have to be a medical student at the University of California Irvine to be eligible for this fellowship program.

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As a faculty member at the Baylor College of Medicine and residency admissions consultant at The Successful Match, I've had the great opportunity of advising and mentoring medical students across the country. I've been impressed with the types of contributions students are making in so many different areas, including patient care, teaching, research, advocacy, service, and leadership.

Students can be recognized for their efforts, and I always try to direct them to available scholarships, grants, and awards. What I've realized is that most of my mentees lack the time needed to research scholarships. Even after a suitable scholarship or award opportunity is identified, sometimes the demands of medical school make it difficult for students to prepare compelling and powerful scholarship applications. To overcome these challenges, I sought to develop a resource that would allow students to be well informed of available opportunities, cut down on the time needed to prepare applications, and utilize strategies to maximize the chances of winning.

I'm pleased to announce that our book, Medical School Scholarships, Grants & Awards: Insider Advice On How To Win Scholarships, is now available. The first 75 pages are all about strategy. Learn how to craft a powerful scholarship application, write compelling essays, secure strong letters of recommendation, and stand out from the competition.

In the remaining 400+ pages, you'll discover the best scholarships for you with awards for research, leadership, writing, global health, service, extracurricular activities, ethnicity, and gender. A unique feature of our book are chapters on each specialty. Let's say you're interested in ophthalmology. You can turn to our ophthalmology chapter to learn about scholarships, grants, and awards that are available for students interested in the field. You'll also see that we've profiled past winners, and you'll find these perspectives enlightening and inspiring.

We're excited to share this new resource with you. We've seen winners reduce their medical school debt and strengthen their residency application, and we'll show you how to join their ranks.

With this blog, our goal is to inform you of new opportunities, share stories of other winners, and offer you further tips and techniques to enhance your chances of being a scholarship or award recipient. We wish you the best of luck. As always, feel free to contact us.