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Dear Residency Applicants,

On behalf of the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), we would like to welcome all of you to the United States. SAMS is the only medical and professional society that has represented US physicians of Syrian descent since its founding in 1998. As a medical school graduate, pursuing residency training in the US is a new and exciting challenge. SAMS seeks to support you as you achieve your dreams.

Cost has been one of the many obstacles for Syrian applicants because of the traveling expenses and match expenses accrued during the interviewing process. To help meet this need for our community, SAMS launched its scholarship program ten years ago. This program has grown immensely over the last few years to support more and more Syrians as they begin their residency. Close to 200 Syrian medical graduates have received loans through the scholarship program, of whom the vast majority have matched and are currently residents or practicing doctors in the US or
other countries.

Through this program, SAMS offers monetary loans of $1,500-$4,000 to selected applicants. Awardees are expected to repay their interest-free loans, upon matching in residency, over two years. If an awardee does not match in a residency program his/her loan will be forgiven unless he/she matches at a later date.

To be eligible for this interest-free loan, you must be a Syrian medical school graduate or a Syrian national who graduated from a foreign medical school, and must be applying for the ERAS match this year.

You must also have ALL the following:
Very good English language skills (measured by a phone or face-to-face interview).
Minimum scores of 220 in both USMLE Step 1 and Step 2CK
ECFMG certificate.
Demonstrated need for financial assistance.

Required documents:
USMLE Step 1 and Step 2CK scores (3 digit results)
ECFMG certificate
Copy of medical school diploma
Copy of first page of passport
Copy of valid US visa or status
Personal photo
Updated curriculum vitae

Important dates:
August 21st, 2017 : Enrollment opens
September 15th, 2017: Application deadline
During October 2017: Phone & in-person interviews
End of October 2017: Announcement of Awardees
Checks will be mailed during the first two weeks of November

Please note that applying for SAMS scholarship program does not guarantee receiving the interest-free loan, since this is a very competitive process with limited resources. However, SAMS Scholarship committee will do their best to provide all eligible applicants with loans.

To apply to this interest-free loan please forward all needed documents to: [email protected] We look forward to having you join us as a colleague in the near future.

— SAMS Scholarship Committee

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