Association of Korean American Medical Graduates Scholarship



The Association of Korean American Medical Graduates (AKAM) is a physician organization dedicated to promoting awareness of healthcare issues that specifically affect Korean-Americans.   As the Korean population in the United States has grown, many physicians in the Korean-American community have recognized that some issues specifically affect the health of our community.  These issues can stem from our cultural heritage and belief system, our social standing in the larger community, and our underlying biologic differences.

Some examples of these issues include: increased rates of gastric cancer, liver cancer and lung cancer, differences in breast cancer among Korean women, increased rates of Hepatitis B infection, higher rates of cosmetic surgeries, higher rates of diabetes at lower Body Mass Index, high prevalence of tobacco use, higher rates of tuberculosis re-activation, higher suicide rates, poor access to care, and problems with elder and end-of-life care.

To help address some of these problems, AKAM sponsors this grant/service award.  The award will be given to applicants pursuing either a research or service project which addresses different medical issues that specifically affect Korean-Americans.  The recipient of the award will receive a $5000 grant to support any expenses required for completion of the project.  The awardee is required to submit a summary of the project and to present the results at the AKAM Awards dinner.

In addition, to help promote the growth of the next generation of physicians within our community, we will also offer sponsorship for Korean-American students or physicians who wish to participate in medical/humanitarian missions.  The amount awarded will be considered on a discretionary basis.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:  Applicant must be enrolled in medical school, residency, or fellowship training program in the United States.  Each applicant must conduct the project in conjunction with a physician mentor or supervisor to oversee the project.

FUNDING:  $5000 for research or service project.  Up to $2000 for medical mission.