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The New Jersey Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Association (NJCFSA) announces the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) Medical Student Scholarship Program.  This program will award a $3,000 scholarship to a second-year medical student in the State of New Jersey.  The scholarship will be awarded to the author of the best essay on a CFS related subject, as determined by the scholarship judges. Eligible students must have completed their first year of medical school and be enrolled for their second year. We are awarding the scholarship at this point in a medical student's career so that we do not interfere or compete with their other medical education and also so that students have the time to do the research and write the required essay.

CFS is not covered in the curriculum of any medical school.  A request for such coverage and a request for information about CFS in medical schools were made to the American Association of Medical Colleges by the Education Subcommittee of the federal Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee.  These requests have gone unheeded. This Medical Student Scholarship Program is our approach to including CFS in medical school curricula in the State of New Jersey. The CFS Medical Student Scholarship is an idea originally proposed by NJCFSA Board Member Betty McConnell.  To our knowledge, it is the first such scholarship program to be offered in the United States.

The program is being established in partnership with the Foundation of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.  We seek to raise an endowment of $60,000 which will be donated to the Foundation.  With that endowment, the Foundation will spin off $3,000 annually and in perpetuity to be awarded to a medical student in one of our three medical schools, the New Jersey Medical School, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and the School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Please donate to the CFS Medical Student Scholarship endowment.
Your contributions will help to ensure that our future
New Jersey Doctors will be educated about CFS.

Contributions may be made to
NJCFSA – CFS Medical Student Scholarship Fund
and sent to:
NJCFSA, PO Box 477, Florham Park, NJ.  07932. 

Such contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

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