Medical Student Grant Program

Medical Students

Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC) proudly provides grants to California medical student organizations in support of programs that focus on education, advocacy, community service, and the well-being of California communities. Grants range from $250 to $1,000.

Grant applications are reviewed on an annual basis and are due October 2019. 

For more information or to apply for a medical student grant, please download the program guidelines and application.

All applicants and project/event participants are requested to complete the Permission and Release Form to allow PHC to use all photography, videotape and digital reproduction to document and publicize projects and events.  

If you have any questions, please contact Sam Oliveri.

Medical Student Community Leadership Grant Program Recipients

Grants awarded cover a broad range of issues: diversity in the workforce, providing services for the uninsured, and providing health education material to ethnic communities. Below are some examples of previous grant recipients. 


After realizing that Orange County was the most populous California county without a needle exchange, students from UC Irvine School of Medicine applied for and were awarded seed money to develop the Orange County Needle Exchange Program (OCNEP). The goal of OCNEP, a 501(c)3 non-profit, is to prevent disease and improve public health and safety by disposing of dirty needles, providing on-site HIV and Hepetitis C testing, as well as referrals to health, housing and treatment services. 

OCNEP had their syringe exchange certificate approved by the California Department of Public Health Office of AIDS and began operations in February 2016. They operate a mobile clinic in Santa Ana on Saturdays from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm, and hope to expand to other underserved areas in Orange County.

Physician with veteran patient at Willow Clinic


Medical students from UC Davis used Medical Student Community Leadership Grant funds to help run the Willow Clinic Annual Veteran’s Day Health Fair. This event  provides free services to community veterans, which make up a large portion of the area’s homeless population. Services include medical and psychiatric evaluations, prostate cancer screenings, vision screenings, and Veteran’s Affairs consultations.

Program Support

PHC would like to thank The Doctors Company and NORCAL Mutual Insurance Company for their generous grants in support of our Medical Student Community Leadership Grant Program. Through their generosity, PHC will be able to support our medical students undertaking educational, advocacy, community service and other outreach programs that enhance the well-being of California communities.