A key NMF initiative is mentored externships that focus on improving the educational experiences of minority medical students that can also increase access of underserved populations to quality healthcare delivery. The GE/NMF International Medical Scholars Program enhances the knowledge skills and competencies of health professionals serving a diverse client population nationally and globally, provides a program model of mentored externship experiences for 4 th year US minority medical students, and improves patient care in partner countries. GE/NMF International Medical Scholars complete a two-month elective in Ghana or Kenya, which focuses on critical regional health care needs.
To be eligible, candidates must be underrepresented minority students enrolled in their fourth-year at an accredited US medical school (MD or DO). Candidates must demonstrate outstanding academic achievement as evidenced in academic transcripts, faculty evaluations, receipt of special academic or national medical society honors, fellowships, awards, leadership as indicated by active participation in international health, communitybased activities or initiation of innovative projects, and potential for distinguished contributions to medicine as indicated by participation in research, publications or unique clerkships.