Becoming a Physician

Scholarship recipients share their experiences as UF medical students

Cullen W. Banks, M.D. Scholarship

Dr. Cullen W. Banks

Dr. Banks was the first African American physician to have full hospital privileges at Alachua General Hospital in Gainesville. Dr. Banks was honored with the named scholarship for his commitment to his patients, his dedication to medicine and his tireless work in the community.

Eligibility: UF College of Medicine students with a commitment to making a pluralistic community and the continuation of a diverse student body; sensitivity and understanding of racial and ethnic issues in society, particularly the doctor/patient relationship; commitment to learning to better communicate across lines of gender, race, generation, geography and class; ability to overcome educational, social or family disadvantages; academic merit and leadership potential.

Every four years an incoming first year will be given the Banks Scholarship and will be known as the Banks Scholar.

The College of Medicine is competing for the best and the brightest students. In addition to superb medical education, we must maintain strong incentives for our most competent students to choose UF. The prospect of graduating from medical school with little or no debt means our students will be able to focus all of their energy in pursuit of their career goals and turn their dreams into outstanding medical practice and research.

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