Diversity Plays a Crucial Role in Otolaryngology
The URM Away Rotation Grant program was created by the AAO-HNS Diversity and Inclusion Committee to introduce medical students from underrepresented areas to the field of otolaryngology.
Away rotations offer medical students a unique opportunity to gain exposure, expand their skills, build connections, and develop qualities that are crucial for their future medical careers. These experiences enhance their clinical competence, cultural sensitivity, and adaptability, ultimately shaping them into more well-prepared and compassionate healthcare providers. The Academy’s URM Away Rotation Grant program typically selects two grant recipients annually to receive $1,000 each to use toward expenses during their away rotation.
In 2023, a record number of grant submissions were received by the Academy. With the generous support from Acclarent, Aerin Medical, and Medtronic, all 16 applicants will receive a grant to support their away rotations in 2023. “Securing grants for underrepresented medical students to participate in away rotations is an invaluable investment in their medical career journey, and that is why it was so important to find the additional funding for all these qualified and motivated candidates”, shared Troy D. Woodard, MD, incoming AAO-HNS/F President-elect and Immediate Past Chair of the AAO-HNS Board of Governors.
Congratulations to the 2023 award recipients!
|Raúl Y. Ramos-Sánchez
|University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
|Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
|Kassandra Karla Corona
|University of Texas Medical Branch
|University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
|Eastern Virginia Medical School
|Howard University College of Medicine
|Ana Rosas Herrera
|Baylor College of Medicine
|Julio Hidalgo Lopez
|Emory University School of Medicine
|Keisha Arielle Best
|Wayne State University
|Albert Einstein College of Medicine
|University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
|Jalen Anthony Benson
|Harvard Medical School
|Brandon Jose Vilarello
|Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
|Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo
|University of Minnesota Medical School- Twin Cities
|Frances Rodriguez Lara
|Boston University Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine
The application process will reopen in the spring 2024.