New Century Scholars Application

  • You must be either a second year resident in a Pediatric Residency Program, a third year resident in a Med/Peds residency program, a future chief resident in their third year of residency for a categorical pediatrics program, or a future chief resident in their 4th year for a med/peds program in good standing. Please contact the program director if you have any questions.

    Co -Directors:
    Rachel J. Thornton, MD, PhD -
    Katharine Zuckerman, MD,MPH -

  • A member of an under-represented minority group. APA's New Century Scholars Program defines underrepresented minority using the AAMC's definition of URM in medicine: "Underrepresented in medicine means those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population."

  • Applicants should have an interest in pursuing an academic career in pediatrics (e.g., conducting research and/or being an educator at a medical school, teaching hospital, or other similar setting). Furthermore, an interest in pursuing scholarly activities in the areas of racial/ethnic health disparities, minority child health and development, sociocultural determinants of health, and cultural competency will weigh heavily in the selection process.

  • NCScholars are required to attend the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) during the time they are in the program, i.e., 2nd and 3rd year of residency (travel grants are awarded to the NCScholars to attend). The 2019 meeting will be held in Baltimore, Maryland from April 24- May 1, 2019 and in Philadelphia, PA April 30- May 3, 2020 . As a scholar, you are required to attend PAS from April 25- 28, 2019 in Baltimore, MD and April 30th- May 3, 2020 in Philadelphia, PA . If you cannot attend the PAS meetings, please do not apply to this program.

Application process:

  • The application is online and requires the following materials be submitted electronically:
    • Career plan (limit 300 words)
    • Short essay questions
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Research Experience
    • List of any publications
    • Personal statement (limit 600 words)
    • Letter of recommendations (one from your residency director and another from a faculty member or staff at your current institution).
  • Applications will be reviewed by a selection team, and applicants will be notified of selection decisions by the end of the January. Selected NCScholars will be matched with mentors in late 2018 (before the PAS meetings).

The application cycle will open August 6, 2018 and close October 12, 2018. The program will start the day before the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in Baltimore on Friday, April 26, 2019. As a scholar, you are required to attend PAS from April 25- 28, 2019.

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Information about the program can be found here.

If you have any questions, contact Laura Turner at the APA office (

Good luck, and thanks for your interest in the APA New Century Scholars Program,

Rachel J. Thornton, MD, PhD - Co-Director (
Katie Zuckerman, MD, MPH -Co-Director (




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