BMAA Student Grants

Brown Medical Alumni Association Grant

A BMAA Grant is available to medical student groups that are officially recognized by the Medical Student Senate. These funds will be distributed through the Medical Student Senate. Groups must apply, stating their intentions for the funds, amount requested, history of funding or previous activities, student group leaders, and a brief description of the group.

Applications for funding must be received by February 15 and should be sent to Ruth Nolan, administrative coordinator,  or faxed to 401 709-5809. All applications will be reviewed by a committee of BMAA board members. Groups will be made aware of the decision by February 27.

BMAA Grant funding can be distributed to more than one student group. Student groups who receive funding should acknowledge the receipt of a BMAA Grant. A sign posted at an event or notice to participants will suffice. In addition, the BMAA requests that photos demonstrating the use of the funds be submitted following the completion of the intended purpose.

2015 BMAA Grant Recipients

Brown Student Community Clinic (BSCC) 

  • Description of groupThe BSCC, based at the Rhode Island Free Clinic, is a student-run clinic of Alpert Medical School. It provides valuable opportunities for medical students to develop their clinical skills under faculty supervision while allowing uninsured patients greater access to high-quality, free medical care. To encourage student interest in primary care and to provide exposure to the needs of underserved populations.
  • Intention for funds: To expand opportunities for greater student involvement and to administer a survey to assess the need for social services of their patient population.
  • Amount granted: $200

Brown Agriculture, Nutrition, and Community Health (BrANCH)

  • Description of groupBrANCH was founded in 2010 with the goal of combating childhood obesity in Rhode Island through the creation of engaging nutrition education programs in local elementary and high schools. 
  • Intention for fundsTo purchase fresh fruits and vegetables for weekly cooking lessons, and kitchen appliances and utensils for group preparation. Funds will also go toward maintaining the community garden at Blackstone Academy.
  • Amount granted: $250

Clínica Esperanza Student Clinic

  • Description of group:  Clinica Esperanza Student Clinic is a student-run, faculty-supervised free clinic of Warren Alpert Medical School based at Clinica Esperanza. The clinic provides continued care for patients, including a number of follow-up visits at each monthly clinic. Student Clinic has been beneficial both to the community (by providing care to those who currently do not have access) and to medical students (by offering the opportunity to apply skills taught in the classroom).
  • Intention for funds: Rapid diagnostic tests, including diabetes Hemoglobin A1C tests, cholesterol tests, and tuberculosis PPD skin tests. 
  • Amount granted: $250

Fit Club

  • Description of groupTo provide elementary school students with an educational after-school program that focuses on literacy to teach nutrition and fitness. It also offers an early exposure to careers in medicine. Fit Club will integrate a curriculum developed by F.I.T. Club, a non-profit founded by Brown Medical School residency alumnus Kristin Anderson, MD (Med-Peds 2006), into a sustainable and replicable afterschool program.  
  • Intention for fundsHands-on classroom activities/games, picture books focused on fitness and health.
  • Amount granted: $150

Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)

  • Description of group: This national student group represents students pursuing health professions and strives to create a network for medical students, physicians, and leaders in the community who serve Latino populations.
  • Intention for funds: Sponsor “Healthy Kids, Happy Community/Niños Saludables, Comunidad Feliz,”  a health fair for children and their families, to be held in May 2015 at Baldwin Elementary school in Pawtucket, which neighbors an underserved population.
  • Amount granted: $200

Medical Students for Choice (MSFC)

  • Description of groupThe Brown chapter of Medical Students for Choice (MSFC) is one of a national organization of student-led groups that work to de-stigmatize abortion provision among medical students and residents, and to encourage medical schools and residency programs to include abortion as a part of the reproductive health services curriculum.
  • Intention for funds: To cover incidental expenses for travel to competitive Abortion Training Institutes (ATIs) for medical students who are committed to providing abortions in their future practice. 
  • Amount granted: $200

Sex Ed by Brown Med 

  • Description of group: A group of medical students dedicated to providing comprehensive sexual education to 7th and 8th graders at Calcutt Middle School in Central Falls, RI. Currently the state of Rhode Island does not include sexual education as a part of their curriculum, despite high rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. 
  • Intention for funds: To expand the one-semester curriculum into a full, yearlong sexual education course and to buy art and classroom supplies as well as models of the reproductive systems. 
  • Amount granted: $200 

Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

  • Description of group: The nation's oldest and largest student organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. In addition, the SNMA is dedicated to ensuring that medical education and services are culturally sensitive to the needs of diverse populations as well as to increasing the number of Afican-American, Latino, and other students of color entering and completing medical school.  
  • Intention for funds: Provide lunch at a “Meet the Cadaver” event, where 100 college and high school students gather at the Medical School and are introduced to the major organs of the body and taught the basics of taking body vitals.
  • Amount granted: $200 

Student Health Council

  • Description of group: The Student Health Council advocates for the mental, emotional, and physical wellness of the Alpert Medical School student body. Representatives from each class serve on a board that hosts several events throughout the school year aimed at serving these needs. All members act as trained counselors, serving their fellow students as well as PLME students, and can provide referrals to Brown as well as community resources.
  • Intention for funds: To organize a seasonal motivational physical activity wellness program, with the intention of motivating and challenging students to remain physically active.
  • Amount granted: $200

Wilderness Medicine

  • Description of group: Wilderness Medicine is an officially recognized semester-long preclinical elective for up to fifteen first- and second-year Alpert Medical students interested in learning about the practice of medicine in a resource-limited environment, culminating in a mandatory two-day camping trip to the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
  • Intention for funds:  To defray some of the costs of the required camping trip and to purchase safety and training equipment that can be used year after year, as well as to purchase a survival first aid kit.
  • Amount granted: $150