Congratulations to the 2020 Recipients!

CLICK HERE to read the 2020 Winning Essays


$1,000 Scholarship towards Medical School Tuition:

Caitlin Leodis, Smithtown High School East

Effat Rahman, Half Hollow Hills High School West

Darienne Rogers, Islip High School


$1,000 Scholarship Alternates:

First Alternate: Ammara Mehkri, Smithtown High School East

Second Alternate: Rishitha Kudaravalli, Half Hollow Hills High School West

Third Alternate: John Mari, Miller Place High School


Essay Winners:

$300 Prize: Kathryn Meadows, Northport High School

$200 Prize: Sadé Dawson, Central Islip High School

$100 Prize: Sophia Mastroianni, Commack High School


Robert A. Scher, M.D. Scholarship:

Maryyam Jaffery, North Babylon High School


Edith Friedman Scholarship:

Jonah Thomas, Northport High School


The Doctors Of Tomorrow Program is a county-wide high school senior student educational program sponsored 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 in Suffolk County. As population growth 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.

With our increasing population, dedicated doctors themselves are interested in planning for the future health needs of the community. One of the surest ways to meet that need is through the medical career process.

High school counselors, parents and relatives, and qualified students themselves are asked to consider the growing doctor shortage in Suffolk County. We want to encourage and support those students interested in pursuing a career as a physician. We owe it to ourselves to do our part in seeking out the next physicians of tomorrow.

Review the entire scholarship procedure below:

The symposium is typically held on a Wednesday afternoon 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. 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 2021 has not been announced, but please check back here for updates. The essay and activity list can be either emailed to or mailed to the Suffolk Academy of Medicine, 1767 Suite 14, Veterans Memorial Highway, Islandia, NY 11749.

After submission of the essay, Guidance Counselors will be contacted to submit a letter of recommendation and SAT scores. Participants will then be teamed up with a physician to complete the Day With A Doctor portion of the program.

An impartial panel of physicians review the entries from each student. Three cash awards of $300, $200 and $100 will be presented by the Suffolk Academy of Medicine, at the Suffolk County Medical Society Annual Meeting and Dinner.

Students participating in the essay contest are required to accompany a physician for one day in the hospital or office prior to the TBD March 2021 deadline. Each physician then submits his/her evaluation of the student candidate in writing to the Suffolk Academy of Medicine.  

$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 “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.

Essay Winners:

The Essay Winners are selected based on the quality and creativity of their essay submission. Three cash awards of $300, $200 and $100 will be selected.

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.