The Section of Rural Medicine (SRM) is now accepting applications for the 2022 Tarrant Scholarship, named in honour of the late Dr. Michael Tarrant, a dedicated family physician and champion of rural medicine undergraduate education. 

The Tarrant Scholarship is a sought-after and highly valued incentive for qualified third-year medical students to focus their undergraduate studies, and ultimately their careers, on rural medicine.

Every fall, the Tarrant Scholarship is presented to third-year medical students from the University of Alberta and University of Calgary who demonstrate a strong interest in, and dedication to, rural medicine during their undergraduate years.

Since its inception in 2004, the Tarrant Scholarship has been awarded to 45 medical students and has provided more than $465,000 in awards. 

Medical students are eligible to apply if they:

  • Are a U of A or U of C medical student in clerkship in 2022
  • Are keenly interested in building a career in rural medicine in Alberta
  • Have a strong connection to rural Alberta or another rural area
  • Demonstrate a financial need (considered after the above criteria are assessed)

Physicians can donate to support the scholarship and rural medicine

For the past few years, SRM has partnered with the Canadian Medical Foundation and the AMA to enable members to contribute on a charitable basis to the Tarrant Scholarship program. The section would like to thank everyone who has donated in the past. Your contributions make the continuation of this important scholarship possible. 

The section encourages you to once again consider a tax-deductible donation to help secure the future of the Tarrant Scholarship and its role in encouraging and developing the next generation of rural physicians. You can also contribute to the Tarrant Scholarship when renewing your membership in the fall.

Application form

Visit the AMA website for more information and to download the 2022 Tarrant Scholarship application form.

The application deadline is June 1, 2022.