ATTENTION! We are seeking EVALUATION COMMITTEE MEMBERS for the Doctors of Tomorrow Program! Committee members will review a select number of submissions, sent via e-mail. Each student's application contains an essay, school transcript, test scores, recommendation letters and an evaluation by a physician preceptor. The committee will meet ONCE (virtually) to discuss and determine the winners. Please e-mail for more information!

The Doctors Of Tomorrow Program (D.O.T.) is a county-wide High School senior student educational program run by the Suffolk Academy of Medicine, to provide personal, firsthand, encouraging information on what it takes to become a doctor. The program consists of an Introductory Symposium, an Essay Contest, and “A Day With a Doctor”. For a student to be eligible for ANY of the scholarships/awards they must participate in ALL the listed events!


There is a critical need for new doctors. As populations grow and new developments in technology continue, it is evident that the medical profession itself must actively take part in fostering medicine as a career. Through the Doctors of Tomorrow program, the dedicated members of the Suffolk Academy of Medicine reach out for the brightest young men and women and encourage them to consider the time-honored career of medicine.

We want to encourage and support those students interested in pursuing a career as a physician (M.D. or D.O.). We owe it to ourselves to do our part in seeking out the next physicians of tomorrow.

CLICK HERE to view the 2021-2022 Doctors of Tomorrow Program Brochure.

If you are a High School senior interested in participating in this year's Doctors of Tomorrow Program, please alert your Guidance Counselor and have them contact us at so we can provide them with further information and materials.

Review the entire scholarship procedure below:

The symposium is typically held in November. A distinguished panel of physicians will outline the trends in medicine, curriculum requirements and available scholarship assistance. The plans for “Operation D.O.T.” and student participation will be explained. There will also be a discussion about admission requirements by the SUNY Stony Brook, School of Medicine’s Assistant Dean of Admissions. Typically one or two current medical students will join to share their journey and their perspective. Students should register with their Guidance Counselor to attend the symposium as soon as possible as seating is limited!

Attendance at the Symposium is MANDATORY for students to continue the process.

Interested high school seniors are asked to submit an essay of approximately 200 words on the topic: “The Major Influence Which Contributed to My Desire to Become A Physician.” Entries are judged on originality, composition, style, and neatness. Along with the essay, students will need to provide a list of extracurricular activities; such as work, sports, awards, clubs, etc.

The submission deadline for the essay contest will be January 4th, 2021. The essay and activity list can be emailed to

An impartial panel of physicians review the entries from each student. Three awards of $300, $200 and $100 will be presented by the Suffolk Academy of Medicine.

Students participating in the essay contest are typically required to accompany a physician for one day in the hospital or office. Due to COVID-19, in lieu of shadowing a physician, students will schedule a 30-minute phone call or virtual meeting prior to the announced deadline. Students can ask the doctor questions and chat about their experiences. Each physician then submits his/her evaluation of the student candidate in writing to the Suffolk Academy of Medicine.

Over $3,000 in Scholarships:

Three $1,000 scholarships are paid to the medical school of the winning recipients upon registration. The selection of the best all-around candidates in Suffolk County and their alternates are based upon: Interest in Medicine, Extra-Curricular Activities, Academic Ability, their Essay, and the “A Day With A Doctor” Physician’s Evaluation. The Suffolk Academy of Medicine also selects three alternates who are awarded the $1,000 scholarship only in the event the scholarship winners do not attend medical school.

Edith Friedman Scholarship:

The Edith Friedman Scholarship ($300) is given to a high school senior with outstanding community service.

Robert A. Scher, M.D. Scholarship:

The Robert A. Scher, M.D., Scholarship ($200) is given to a high school senior who has demonstrated a keen interest in school or local government and politics.

Congratulations to the 2021-2022 Recipients!

CLICK HERE to read the 2021-2022 Winning Essays

$1,000 Scholarship towards Medical School Tuition:

Antonia Pavek, Sachem High School East

Marlene McKinney, Half Hallow Hills High School West

Matteo Cornetta, Northport High School

$1,000 Scholarship Alternates:

First Alternate: Lisa Kovaks, Northport High School

Second Alternate: Lily Resciniti, Rocky Point High School

Third Alternate: Emma LaMountain, Miller Place High School

Essay Winners:

$300 Prize: Brooke Geiser, Miller Place High School

$200 Prize: Lauren Peralta, Sachem High School North

$100 Prize: Antonia Pavek, Sachem High School East

Robert A. Scher, M.D. Scholarship:

Atoria Hamm, Bayshore High School

Edith Friedman Scholarship:

Lisa Kovacs, Northport High School