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Jay-Sheree Allen and Christopher Watson Accepted into the GE-National Medical Fellowship - Global Health Fellows Program


Fourth-year School of Medicine students, Jay-Sheree Allen and Christopher Watson were selected as GE-National Medical Fellowship Global Health Fellows. Fourteen 4th-year medical students are selected each year for this program. They will both travel to Ghana to serve as fellows from March 22 - May 5, 2015.

The GE-NMF Global Health Fellows Program provides a two-month mentored clinical experience in the provision of primary healthcare in Ghana and Kenya. This program provides opportunities to learn about the management of acutely ill patients and seeks to improve population health, strengthen local hospital capacity and build a cadre of global health practitioners. Fellows are actively involved in healthcare delivery and institutional assessment relevant to their academic programs.

Eligible candidates must be:

  • US citizens
  • Underrepresented minority students
  • 4th year students enrolled in an accredited US medical school (MD or DO)


Fourteen GE-NMF Global Health Fellows are chosen:

  • Eight Fellows in the Ghana elective

  • Six Fellows in the Kenya elective

  • Two month mentored clinical experience, March-May 2015 (Fellows leave after Match)
  • Partner with host hospitals, national health services, and academic institutions
  • All travel expenses covered and living stipend provided
  • $5000 scholarship upon completion of program and submission of all requirements

(Source: GE-NMF Global Health Fellows Program).


Fourth Year Medical Students Selected as National Health Service Corps Student to Service Program Recipients

Student Doctors Jay-Sheree Allen and Christopher Watson, fourth year medical students, will continue to embody Meharry's motto, "Worship of God Through Service to Mankind" well after graduation. In addition to being selected as GE-NMF Global Health Fellows, they were both selected as National Health Service Corps Student to Service Program Recipients.

Students selected for the program can receive $120,000 in loan repayment for committing to serve at an approved National Health Service Corp site full time for at least 3 years (or half time for at least 6 years) following the completion of a primary care residency.

For more information about the Students to Service Program, please visit the National Health Service Corps page HERE.



La'Nyia Odoms WIM

LGBT Leadership Scholarship
Congratulations to La'Nyia Odoms, rising 3rd year Medical Student on being selected to receive a $5,000 LGBT Leadership Scholarship from Women in Medicine for 2014. She was invited to speak at the Women In Medicine Conference in Ogunquit, Maine, August 6 - 10, 2014, where she will receive the award. Keep up the great work!

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Student National Medical Association Annual Medical Education Conference Highlights

SNMA LogoMeharry Medical College School of Medicine was well-represented at the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) 50th Anniversary Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC) 2014 sending fourteen students to serve as delegates. A total of three Meharry students presented original research at the conference and fielded questions from scholars and audience members.

 Dr. Wilbert C. Jordan Research Forum Presenters:

  • Tulani Washington-Plaskett, MS-III
  • Taryn Smith, MS-III
  • Christopher D. Watson, MS-III

SNMA Into the Streets

The Meharry SNMA Chapter won 1st Place for the Community Service Poster Session. "Into the Streets: Community Health Outreach in Barbershops and Beauty Shops" was the name of the winning project. This was a student led community outreach effort where students partners with local Nashville barbershop and beauty salons to educate community members about certain health risks that most commonly affect minority. Christopher D. Watson was awarded the Clinical Sciences Membership Scholarship.  

Three Meharry Students will serve on the newly elected Region X Executive Board. 

  • Assistant Regional Director – Christopher D. Watson, MS-III
  • Regional Treasurer – Zalika Nisbeth, MS- III
  • Regional Parliamentarian - Estevana Isaac, MS-I

Congratulations to SNMA Meharry Chapter President Tulani-Washington Plaskett, MS-III and outgoing Regional Treasurer JaMia Washington, MS-III for organizing a successful year and trip to the conference.


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