NIAAH Scholars Newsletter – August 2023

Published by National Institute for African American Health

Welcome to the NIAAH Scholars Newsletter!

We are excited to bring you the first edition of our newsletter, designed exclusively for our valued mentors and talented scholar participants. This newsletter aims to keep you informed about the latest program updates, administrative information, and opportunities to make the most out of your NIAAH Scholars experience.

FOCUS: Medical School Interviews

This month you should have begun receiving invitations for interviews. The first available date options could be at the end of August, but they’ll most likely occur in September.

During your interview you should be prepared to confidently explain why you want to be a physician and describe your experiences in medicine and health care. You should also be able to explain any academic struggles or areas of concerns in your application, such as low grades or test scores, and talk about how you’ve grown and hope to continue growing as a student. Up until your initial interview, you should be preparing answers and conducting mock interviews with a friend, family member, or mentor. The more you practice, the easier each one will be.

Following each interview, make sure you send thank-you messages to your interviewers. It demonstrates just an extra bit of care and effort to admissions. For schools that haven’t extended an interview invitation yet, you can send letters of interest to communicate any major updates that have occurred since submitting your secondary application. But only send a letter if the school accepts them and the contents are appropriate. Similarly, you can send a letter of intent to your top choice school if you’ve been placed on the waitlist (and it’s accepted/appropriate).

For medical schools with rolling admissions, this deadline is also the earliest date you can expect to receive any news of acceptance. Most medical school application deadlines start in October, with a popular date of October 15th for AMCAS applications.

If your interview is scheduled for late August or early September and you haven’t sent a letter of interest/intent, beginning in October you can provide any important updates that may help your chances of getting accepted. Remember to check each school’s policy on sending these letters.



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A Note from the NIAAH Executive Director

Thank you for being an integral part of the NIAAH Scholars Program. We value your commitment to fostering learning, personal development, and the pursuit of excellence. Keep an eye out for our next newsletter, where we will bring you even more exciting updates and inspiring stories from within our vibrant community.

Best regards,
Stacey Easterling, MPH

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Recommended Read:

Beside the Troubled Waters: A Black Doctor Remembers Life, Medicine, and Civil Rights in an Alabama Town by Sonnie Wellington Hereford III and Jack D. Ellis.

This is a memoir by an African American physician in Alabama whose story in many ways typifies the lives and careers of black doctors in the south during the segregationist era while also illustrating the diversity of the black experience in the medical profession. It is based on interviews conducted with Hereford over 10 years. Available on Amazon.