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Medical students and residents: Apply for the AMA Global Health Challenge by May 14


Sarah and Jeremy in Kenya with AMPATH founder, Dr. Joe Mamlin


What is the contest?

The American Medical Association (AMA) and the AMA Insurance Agency announced the launch of the 2018 AMA Global Health Challenge—an essay and video contest giving a team of physicians-in-training and students of other health care professions an opportunity to travel abroad to provide health care for underserved patients. The winning team will work alongside Timmy Global Health to care for populations in Ecuador, Guatemala or the Dominican Republic.

“The AMA Global Health Challenge will allow aspiring physicians and health care professionals the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally while providing much needed care to some of the world’s most vulnerable populations,” said AMA President David O. Barbe, M.D. “The global health experiences that these future health care professionals will gain through their service trip abroad will help them foster a lifelong passion for service to the neediest populations, both at home and abroad, and develop a deeper understanding of the social determinants of health—leading to better health outcomes for all patients.”

How to apply

The AMA Global Health Challenge invites teams of at least two and up to five pre-medical and medical students, residents and students in allied health fields to submit an essay of 500 words or less answering the question:  “How can a deeper understanding of the social determinants of health help you, as an aspiring global health professional, to learn and grow?” The deadline for essay submissions is May 14. AMA Insurance Agency, Inc. is the Sponsor of the contest. Complete details can be found at

Following essay submission, a panel of judges will then select up to ten teams who will be asked to create and submit a video for posting on the contest website as part of the final round of the challenge. The winning team will be announced in the summer of 2018.

“Working in a low-resource setting inspires humility, resourcefulness, creativity and attention to a patient’s life circumstances—all of which strengthens the skills of future health care providers,” says Timmy Global Health’s Executive Director, Kristina Graff. “The AMA Global Health Challenge is anchored in the values of service, cross-cultural engagement and compassion. With this program the AMA is encouraging tomorrow’s leaders in medicine.”

The AMA Global Health Challenge was created by the AMA Insurance Agency’s Med Plus Advantage program. The Med Plus Advantage program partners with International Medical Group to promote the contest and offers international medical insurance for those traveling abroad. To learn more about coverage for allied health students, medical students, residents, and their families visit



Kelly Jakubek
AMA Media & Editorial
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About the AMA
The American Medical Association is the premier national organization providing timely, essential resources to empower physicians, residents and medical students to succeed at every phase of their medical lives. Physicians have entrusted the AMA to advance the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health on behalf of patients for more than 170 years. For more information, visit

About Timmy Global Health
Timmy Global Health expands access to healthcare and empowers students and volunteers to tackle today’s most pressing global health challenges. To achieve this goal, Timmy sends medical service teams to support the work of international partner organizations and channels financial, medical, and human resources to community based health and development projects. For more information, visit


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