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.

2014 BMAA Grant Recipients

Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) 

  • Description of groupAPAMSA strives to promote awareness about health issues affecting Asian populations and to improve the health and well-being of Asian communities locally and nationally. For the Alpert Medical School chapter, this includes annual health screenings for Asian communities as well as hepatitis B awareness and education, health education for Southeast Asian youths, and healthy cooking classes at Asian community centers.
  • Intention for funds: Host two hepatitis B screening events at the Chinese Christian Church of Rhode Island and the Center for Southeast Asians, where the group hopes to screen 100 individuals for hepatitis B and provide educational information. 
  • Amount granted: $200

Brown Agriculture, Nutrition, and Community Health (BrANCH)

  • Description of groupBrANCH was founded in 2010 in an effort to combat childhood obesity in  Rhode Island by creating an engaging nutrition education program in elementary schools and high schools. 
  • Intention for fundsPurchase portable kitchen equipment, fresh fruits and vegetables, and cooking utensils to enhance the culinary aspect of the healthy-eating and food -preparation curriculum. Funds will also go toward maintaining the community garden at Blackstone Academy.
  • Amount granted: $200

Brown Student Community Clinic

  • Description of group: Started in 2011 with a mission to increase student interest in primary care, the BSCC is housed within the Rhode Island Free Clinic, a fully licensed outpatient ambulatory care center that provides free services to uninsured adults who cannot afford to pay for medical care. The BSCC has expanded its purpose to developing a vigorous student-run clinic at Alpert Medical School. 
  •  Intention for funds: Event expenses and refreshments for essential volunteer participants.
  • Amount granted: $200

Clínica Esperanza Student Clinic

  • Description of group: This student-run, faculty-supervised clinic of Alpert Medical School is based at Clínica Esperanza. Student Clinic has been beneficial to both the community, by providing care to those who do not have access, and to medical students, who have the opportunity to apply skills they have learned in the classroom.
  • Intention for funds: Three stethoscope and sphygmomanometer/adult cuff combination kits. 
  • Amount granted: $200

Graduate/Medical Student Christian Fellowship (GMCF)

  • Description of groupThe GMCF encourages graduate and medical students of all ethnicities to get to know Jesus Christ together, and to be an open space for discussion and questions for believers and non-believers alike. The group strives to learn to live as Jesus's disciples—to be a redeeming influence among the people, ideas, and structures of the University and professions.
  • Intention for fundsPlan and sponsor events that focus on mentorship, equipping medical students to care for their own and their patients’ spiritual health, and increasing the awareness of medical students’ knowledge of local and global outreach programs and problems within their profession.
  • Amount granted: $150

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Healing through Harmony (HtH)

  • Description of group: Approximately 30 Alpert Medical School student musicians perform solo and ensemble concerts for patients and medical staff in Brown-affiliated hospitals, to ensure that future Brown-educated physicians will see beyond a patient’s diagnosis and bring their focus to healing the ailments of both mind and body.
  • Intention for funds: Small musical instruments, organizational supplies, publicity, and expanding the Integrated Clinical Arts Workshop in the M1 curriculum.
  • Amount granted: $200

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 2014 at Baldwin Elementary school in Pawtucket, which neighbors an underserved population.
  • Amount granted: $200

Physicians for Human Rights - Brown Human Rights Asylum Clinic (BHRAC)

  • Description of groupThe Brown CHapter of PHR established the BHRAC to submit medical-legal affidavits on behalf of asylum seekers in Rhode Island by providing space for trained clinicians to conduct necessary physical and psychological evaluations. Trained medical students join clinicians in exam rooms and draft the affidavits, which are finalized by the clinicians and submitted to the courts.
  • Intention for funds: Clinical supplies, including a stethoscope, disposable examination gloves, disposable ophthalmoscope and otoscope specula, tongue depressors, alcohol prep pads, a high-intensity penlight, hand sanitizer, and examination gowns.
  • Amount granted: $250

The Quince: The Literary Review of the Alpert Medical School of Brown University 

  • Description of group: This online literary review, which publishes submissions of poetry, prose, art, and photography from the Brown medical community, is designed to foster the creativity that is inspired by and exists within the individuals of the medical field. Created last year, The Quince gives its contributors a way to explore the humanistic aspects of the medical science they practice.
  • Intention for funds: Miantain the rights to the Web platform for The Quince 
  • 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, the SNMA's programs are designed to serve the health needs of underserved communities and communities of color.  
  • Intention for funds: Provide lunch at a “Meet the Cadaver” event, at which 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