Service-Learning Programs

Johnson & Johnson/NMF Alliance for Inclusion in Medicine (AIM) Scholarship Program

About the Program

Established in 2021, Johnson & Johnson, has partnered with NMF to develop the Alliance for Inclusion in Medicine (AIM) Scholarship Program. This innovative, three-year service-learning program is designed to expose high performing underrepresented in medicine (URM) medical (MD, MD/PhD, DO, DO/PhD) students with analytical skill sets that will prepare them to become future clinician and research leaders with a commitment to address the structural and systemic factors that cause the health disparities that disproportionately affect communities of color. In addition, the program will expose students to various functions within the pharmaceutical, medical devices and health care industries where physicians play a key role.

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

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

Applications are currently closed.

Program Goal

The goal of this three-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.

Scholar Eligibility

This program will serve second-year students underrepresented in medicine (MD, MD/PhD, DO, DO/PhD) and will run for two consecutive years (second and third years of medical school).

Scholar candidates must meet the following eligibility:

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

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

Program Structure

This scholarship program will provide $5,000 for the first year, and $10,000 for the second year of the award to a cohort of 20 second-year URM medical students. The program will include a series of didactic training sessions during both program years, covering topics such as drug development, drug safety, statistics, real world evidence, scientific publications, clinical trial protocols, epidemiology, etc. For students interested in a surgical field, there will be didactic sessions focused on surgery in the second year. Each scholar will be paired with a physician mentor who will facilitate a professional relationship and share critical career insights with the scholar.

In year two, scholars will 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.

Current Program Timeline and Required Events

Program Year 1 (August – July)

  • Orientation
  • Didactic sessions (8 sessions during Year 1)
  • Mentoring sessions

Program Year 2 (August – July)

  • Orientation
  • Didactic Sessions (4-6 sessions during Year 2)
  • Project development
  • Mentoring sessions
  • Culminating Event – Scholar project presentations

Program Year 3 (August – July)

  • TBD

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