Established in 2004, MIGA’s Elective Grants Program provides funding to medical students completing their university elective placements in developing communities, both in Australia and overseas. Over this time, we have supported 82 medical students and provided more than $275,000 in funding.
With 2017 applications recently closing, we were overwhelmed by the passion and enthusiasm of our medical student members, and are excited by the impact each will have on the community they visit.
We are pleased to announce MIGA’s Elective Grant recipients for 2017:
Each of these students receive $2,000 to assist fund their personal elective costs such as travel and accommodation, as well as $1,500 to assist the purchase of medical or other aid for the community they are visiting.
While $1,500 may not seem a significant sum of money, in a developing community it has the potential to make a significant and meaningful difference. Thanks to the funding offered by MIGA, past recipients of the Elective Grants Program have been able to assist communities with initiatives such as:
- Treatment for approximately 1,000 scabies patients;
- A scholarship for a local student to study medicine; and
- 60 sight restoring cataract surgeries.
These are just a few examples that highlight the difference that $1,500 can make to a community in desperate need.
As the 2017 recipients complete their electives, reports and photographs highlighting their experiences and their community donation will be added to our website. These reports are a great resource for students planning electives, and inspiring reading for the wider medical community.
We look forward to continuing the Elective Grants Program in 2018 – stay tuned for the release of details in coming months.