Medical Student Programmatic Course Scholarships

We sponsor scholarships for MD and DO students to attend programmatic courses in Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO®), family medicine point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS), sports medicine, community health, sexual medicine, and leadership and finance.

Students gain knowledge and skills through lecture and hands-on training. Students also get to know residents and faculty of our residency programs.

One or more students who demonstrate strong interest in attending the course are randomly selected for each course. Scholarships are $125 to $400 and include registration, lunch, and parking. Out-of-state recipients may be eligible for up to $100 travel reimbursement.

Upcoming courses

Community Health

Dates: September 27-28, 2018
Times: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm on September 27; 8:00 am - 12:00 pm on September 28
Location: UMN West Bank Office Building

Course objectives:

  • Describe socioeconomic, environmental, cultural, and other population-level determinants of health and understand their role in health promotion and disease prevention
  • Determine community assets and resources to improve health at individual and population levels
  • Develop a sense of community health that transitions from deficit-based critique to asset-based support and collaboration
  • Discuss the steps of advocacy in the development of health policy
  • Develop the skills necessary to be an effective advocate and ally for patients and communities in addressing health and wellness, including how to write a letter to the editor

Leadership and Finance

Date: November 8, 2018
Time: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Location: UMN West Bank Office Building


  • Physician leadership
  • Risk management and malpractice
  • Physician reimbursement
  • Healthcare legislation and reform
  • Negotiating contracts and practice plans 

Sports Medicine I: Basic Musculoskeletal Assessments

Date: January 10, 2019
Time: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Location: UMN West Bank Office Building


  • Injuries and exams of the knee, shoulder, foot, and ankle
  • Principles of rehabilitation
  • Case studies

Family Medicine Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS)

Date: March 7, 2019
Time: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Location: UMN West Bank Office Building


  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)
  • Echocardiography
  • Focused assessment with sonography in trauma (FAST)
  • Interactive problems (cases)

Osteopathic Medicine

Date: March 28, 2019
Time: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Location: UMN West Bank Office Building


  • Ambulatory care of the adult and pediatric patient
  • Billing and coding
  • Osteopathic approach to the athlete (baseball/softball injuries)
  • Osteopathic approach to the pregnant patient
  • Osteopathic approach to the pediatric patient

Apply and contact

  • Apply for Community Health by filling out the online application by Wednesday, September 5, 2018.
  • Apply for Leadership and Finance by filling out the online application by Monday, October 1, 2018.
  • Apply for Sports Medicine I by filling out the online application by Sunday, December 9, 2018.
  • Apply for POCUS by filling out the online application by Monday, February 4, 2019.
  • Apply for Osteopathic Medicine by filling out the online application by Friday, February 15, 2019.

For more information about the scholarship, contact Laura Pham, 612-626-0194,

Did not get a scholarship?

If you did not get a scholarship and would like to participate in the course, contact Heidi Cerdas Monge, MBA, 612-625-0953,, to confirm availability and register. You will need to pay the course's registration fee.

Photo and video release

We may take photos and/or videos of instructors and learners at our programmatic courses, and these may appear in the department’s and/or University of Minnesota’s marketing and promotional materials (e.g., brochures, posters, social media, websites, etc.). Your attendance constitutes your permission and consent for photography and video subsequent usage. If you do not want to be photographed or filmed, please let us know by contacting Heidi Cerdas Monge, MBA, 612-625-0953,