Established in 2021, Johnson & Johnson, has partnered with NMF to develop the Alliance for Inclusion in Medicine (AIM) Program. The AIM Program is an innovative, 3-year service-learning program designed to expose high performing underrepresented medical (URM) (MD, MD/PhD, DO, DO/PhD) students to skill sets that will prepare them to become future clinician and research leaders with a commitment to address the structural and systemic factors, which cause the health disparities that disproportionately affect communities of color. The program will expose students to various functions within the pharmaceutical, medical devices, and healthcare industries where physicians play a key role. In addition, students will also gain exposure to topics such as public speaking, presentation skills, effective interviewing, innovation, etc., over the course of the program.

*Previously known as Johnson & Johnson/ NMF Future Leaders Scholarship Program

Program Goal

The goal of this 3-year program is to expose diverse medical students to career opportunities within Pharmaceutical Medicine and introduce analytical and professional skills that will prepare students to become clinicians and researchers of tomorrow, empowered to address health disparities.

Program Structure

This scholarship program will provide $5,000 for the first year, $10,000 for the second year, and $10,000 for the third year of the program. Additional financial support will be provided, including reimbursement of USMLE related expenses (up to $2,500).  

In year 1, the program will include a series of didactic training sessions covering topics such as drug development, drug safety, statistics, real world evidence, scientific publications, clinical trial protocols, epidemiology, etc. Each scholar will be paired with a physician mentor who will facilitate a professional relationship and share critical career insights with the scholar throughout the 3 years of the program.

In year 2, Didactic sessions will continue, and each scholar will also conduct a research project, which will be developed in conjunction with their mentor. Scholars may also have an opportunity to be onsite at one of the Johnson & Johnson facilities, if public health/safety permits. While onsite, the scholars will be able to work closely with their mentors while finalizing their projects and have one on one meetings with leaders within the organization.

In year 3, the program will focus on supporting scholars in their 4th year of medical school as they prepare for residency. This will include ongoing mentoring as well as value added skills trainings and support.

Scholar Eligibility

This program will target rising 2nd year underrepresented minority medical students (MD, MD/PhD, DO, DO/PhD) and will run for 3 consecutive years (2nd, 3rd and 4th years of medial school).

Scholar candidates must meet the following eligibility:

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) approval letter
  • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited medical school located in the U.S.
  • Identification as an underrepresented medical student* in healthcare
  • Demonstrated leadership early in career
  • Interest in healthcare delivery to medically underserved communities

*NMF designates the following racial/ethnic groups as underrepresented in medicine: African American, Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native American (including American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian), Asian American (Vietnamese and Cambodian only), and Pacific Islander.

Program Timeline & Required Events

Program Year 1
  • Orientation
  • Didactic sessions (7-8 sessions)
  • Mentoring sessions
Program Year 2 
  • Orientation
  • Didactic and training Sessions (4-6 sessions focused on preparation for interviewing for residency)
  • Research Project development
  • Mentoring sessions/Group Mentoring
  • Culminating Event – Scholar project presentations
Program Year 3 
  • Orientation
  • Additional support, including trainings that will prepare scholars for residency/post-graduation
  • Group Mentoring Sessions

Program years will typically run from August - July