For The Diversity Of Health Care Professionals
The J.W. Vines Foundation Inc. was founded in 2001 as the philanthropic arm of the James Wesley Vines, Jr. M.D. Medical Society Inc. a component of the National Medical Association. The foundation has been designated as a 501c3 organization by the Internal Revenue Service.
A) Identify and remedy health care disparities by increasing the number of primarily African American health professionals that serve or work in underserved communities of color.
B) To increase the diversity of health care professionals in the Inland Empire
The J.W. Vines Foundation, Inc. is an organization that has the reputation for supporting students’ efforts to enter the medical and health professions and for its evolving growth into a multi-faceted entity with demonstrated success in advocating diversity through innovative approaches to education funding, recruitment, and retention.
Utilizing the network of Vines Medical Society members, the Vines Foundation provides mentoring, physician shadowing, and support to college students.
(2019 EVSHA from L to R):Sesedzayi “SeSe” Peresuh, Austin-Grant Houston, Heather Knight, Zinet “Zina” Ezedin, Lansdale Peters and Vanessa Buckley.
2021 Elma Vines Summer Health Academy (EVSHA)
Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 EVSHA
Although it is unclear when the COVID-19 pandemic will subside, we will accept applications during this time. Below are the program dates until further notice.
The Elma Vines Summer Health Academy (EVSHA) has been mentoring and providing “doctor-shadowing” opportunities for the past 19 years.
We are currently open for registration for the 19th annual EVSHA for 2021. EVSHA is a 4 to 6-week paid program which allows students to shadow professionals in the offices of surgeons, general practitioners, pediatricians, and dentists. The students get the unique opportunity of shadowing the various physicians, work with office staff in addition to giving weekly presentations on their findings, creating quite the memorable experiences.
Due to the pandemic, the shadowing position of the academy will be suspended, but we will meet every Friday for an Advisory session and Student presentations for 6 weeks.
2021 Program Details (All Virtual*):
- Application Due Date: April 30th, 2021 6:00 pm
- Send Letter of Recommendation to: firstname.lastname@example.org – by April 30th, 2021
- Interviews: May 3, 2021 – May 7th, 2021
- Notification of Acceptance: May 14th, 2021
- Orientation: June 23, 2021 – June 25, 2021
- Program Dates: Every Friday July 9th, 2021 – August 13th, 2021
- 2021 EVSHA Banquet: August 18th, 2021
Application Deadline is April 30th, 2021.
*All session date will be virtual, unless CDC and State guidelines say otherwise.
To apply for the 2021 EVSHA, please click here to apply.
The Vines Foundation will provide financial and other resources to students applying to programs in the health professions. The intent of the student support program is to assist students overcome barriers to their success.
The Foundation, in conjunction with the Vines Medical Society will match college students interested in the health professions with mentors. The mentor program offers students support and access to individuals in their field of interest.
Skill Building Workshops
The following workshops are designed to increase the skills of the students, to expose them to opportunities in the health professions, and to successfully complete their programs
- Statement of Entrance Preparation
- Interview techniques
- Resume writing
- Conducting and Publishing Research
- Money Management
Elma Vines Summer Health Academy (EVSHA)
A 4 to 6 week paid program which allows students to shadow professionals in the offices of surgeons, general practitioners, pediatricians, and dentists. The students get the unique opportunity of shadowing the various physicians, work with office staff in addition to giving weekly presentations on their findings, creating quite the memorable experiences.
Students can now apply for the 2021 EVSHA. Please click here to apply. Application Deadline is April 30th, 2021.
Haiti Medical Mission Trip
A one week rigorous yet rewarding opportunity with partner H3 Missions, to assist physicians as they treat patients in various areas in Haiti still affected by the 7.0 earthquake that struck the island in 2010.
Please contact the program coordinator for additional information at Contact@VinesMedical.org.
Q. Why was the J.W. Vines Medical Foundation formed?
A. The JWVMF was created in part to provide a vehicle to raise funds to support programs and activities that provide underrepresented high school and college Students from underserved communities in the Inland Empire with a better understanding of the academic requirements and skill sets necessary for admission to college and professional programs in the health professions.
Q. Are my donations to the Foundation tax deductible?
A. Your gift(s) are deductible as specified in IRS regulations. The J.W. Vines Medical Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
A. The Foundation’s mentoring and outreach programs provide a forum and safe haven for dozens of students who in some cases, come from severely dysfunctional home environments. Students are invited to attend Medical Society meetings, participate in workshops, mentoring, internships, medical mission trips, peer discussions and fundraising events.
Q. How does the Foundation provide financial assistance to students?
A. The Foundation offers paid summer internships as well as financial assistance to students taking the MCAT and GRE prep courses, supplemental air and ground transportation for students traveling to professional school interviews. In addition, the Foundation has provided funding to disadvantaged students in need of apparel/personal items in preparation for academic and employment interviews.