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In our core mission as LMSA, we pledge to “unify Latino medical students, provide a voice for the underrepresented medical student, and promote the recruitment and retention of Latino physicians”. Through this lens, we face an unprecedented call to action. As the largest national organization dedicated to Latino Medical Students, we recognize that Puerto Rican medical students make up 35% of the US Latino medical student population. As the Latino Medical Student Association, we have a responsibility and duty to advocate and support the future physician workforce of Puerto Rican that is dedicated to Latino health.


Medical schools in Puerto Rico are American medical schools. Puerto Rican medical students are Latino medical students training in the U.S. LMSA is proud to have a chapter in Ponce, regional Southeast meetings in Puerto Rico, and Puerto Rican medical students throughout all our regions on the US mainland. Our colleagues in Puerto Rico have suffered damages to their homes, community hospitals, and medical school institutions. While in severe financial trouble, they are unable to apply for increased financial aid loans. Schooling carries on in the wake of the crisis, and students are working hard to move forward academically without internet, transportation, and even food, water, and electricity.


As we think about the short term and long-term impact of this tragedy on the already growing health crisis of Puerto Rico, we recognize that LMSA, and all medical institutions on the US mainland, have a responsibility to support our fellow medical students currently training in Puerto Rico. As student stories and testimonials reach LMSA, we will continue to develop and expand our efforts through increasing grants awarded, fundraising, and advocacy.


Funds will go towards:


  1. Mini-grants for medical students in Puerto Rico who have suffered financial hardships due to Hurricane Maria.

  2. Mini-grants for Puerto Rican medical students on the U.S. mainland who have suffered financial hardships due to Hurricane Maria.

  3. Advocacy efforts on behalf of Puerto Rican medical students and medical schools



Donate to the LMSA For Puerto Rico Fund


*LMSA is a registered 501c3 organization. If you have any questions about donating to the LMSA for Puerto Rico Fund please contact us at PRTASKFORCE@LMSA.NET 


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