Bita Naimi, a rising fourth-year medical student has received a $10,000 Physicians of Tomorrow scholarship from the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation. Scholarships are based on academic excellence and financial need.
Naimi is an Iranian-American originally from Northern California. She is currently in her research year in Philadelphia in the department of otolaryngology at Thomas Jefferson University. Her research focuses are in rhinology (nose and sinus) and skull base surgery and is currently working on a phase 2 clinical trial treating smell loss after COVID-19.
Enrolled in the Seven-Year Liberal Arts/Medical Education BA/MD Program, Naimi is passionate about addressing health-care disparities in minority and underserved populations, and participates in several initiatives at BUSM and with national organizations that address this issue. In her free time she enjoys making art and music, and spending time outdoors.
The AMA Foundation has had a long-standing tradition of supporting medical students. Since 1950, they have awarded more than $61 million in scholarships. With 12 scholarship categories and a variety of focus areas, including serving those underrepresented in medicine, the AMA Foundation works to recognize a diverse cohort of medical students each year.