The 2010 NJCFSA Medical School Scholarship

The 2010 Scholarship application form is now available in two formats.
To download a copy in Microsoft Word, click here. Download a copy in PDF format here.

The New Jersey Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Association, Inc. (NJCFSA) is pleased to announce its fifth annual Medical Student Scholarship competition.

The Medical Student Scholarship competition encourages physicians-in-training to learn about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).  CFS is also known as Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) and now is also called ME/CFS.  CFS is rarely covered in the medical school curriculum making it difficult for physicians to diagnose and treat this illness.  Encouraging medical students to learn about CFS while in medical school through our scholarship program addresses the need for diagnosis and treatment of patients with CFS. 

The NJCFSA Medical Student CFS Scholarship is not a financial need scholarship. Applicants will be judged solely on the quality of the essay submitted with their application.

NJCFSA’s Medical Student Scholarship will be given to a student who has completed his/her first year of medical school, is currently enrolled in his/her second year of medical school, and has spent part of the summer between the first and second year of medical school learning about CFS by writing an essay on this year’s assigned CFS-related topic.  The NJCFSA Medical Student Scholarship Committee selects a new essay topic each year.  The question for the 2009 scholarship will be as follows:

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS) is a complex multi-symptom disorder. There is currently no diagnostic test for the illness and no medication, which will cure it. How can the primary care physician establish the diagnosis and differentiate ME/CFS from other fatiguing illnesses? What are the main principles of treatment?

The Medical Student Scholarship competition is meant to supplement, not compete with, the medical education students receive in the State of New Jersey.  By encouraging students to learn about CFS in the summer between their first and second years of medical school - the only time medical students are not involved in classes during their four years of medical school – the scholarship competition augments but does not compete with the medical education process.  The scholarship winner will receive a $3,000 award that will be applied toward the cost of tuition for the second year of medical school. 

NJCFSA needs to raise $60,000 to endow the Medical School Scholarship.  The endowment fund will be managed by the Foundation of UMDNJ.  This partnership will permit the scholarship to be awarded every year in perpetuity.  The Foundation will coordinate scholarship applications from all three of New Jersey’s medical schools ensuring all medical students in the State of New Jersey equal access to this educational and funding opportunity. To make a tax deductible donation to the NJCFSA Medical School Scholarship fund, click here. 

The NJCFSA CFS Medical Student Scholarship is the first scholarship ever created to educate physicians-in-training about CFS.  It serves as an example for other patient advocate groups and for the involvement of the federal government in encouraging physician education for underserved illnesses. 

To support the NJCFSA Medical Student Scholarship Program or to learn more about it, please contact:


Kenneth J. Friedman, Ph.D.
Chair, Medical Student Scholarship Committee
The New Jersey Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Association

Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacology and Physiology
New Jersey Medical School
185 South Orange Avenue
Newark, NJ 07103 

973.972.4513 (Voice)
973.972.7950 (Fax) 

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