Two $20,000 grants will be made available to UNM School of Medicine faculty, staff, residents, and students, by the La Tierra Sagrada Society.The grants are part of a new process developed by the society and School of Medicine Dean Paul Roth, "We have implemented this process as a method of identifying and solving needs within the school", said Roth. "By opening up this initiative to faculty, staff, residents, and students we are hoping to get innovative ideas on how to advance the school's mission."

Applications will be available on July 15 in PDF format on the La Tierra Sagrada Society website at http://hsc.unm.edu/som/development/la_tierra.cfm. The deadline for applications is Friday, September 12 at noon. Judging will be overseen by the La Tierra Sagrada Society Volunteer Member Cabinet. The group will fund proposals that are more programmatic in nature. Examples of projects and initiatives the cabinet and the dean would like to fund include:

  • Ways to improve communication at the School of Medicine through training for patients and staff, residents, faculty and physicians focusing on the patient and humanity in medical practice.
  • Bringing the UNM School of Medicine to the community, and the community to the UNM School of Medicine.
  • Developing a pipeline for information about the UNM School of Medicine for all New Mexican high school students
  • Medical outreach programs
  • Student research projects
  • Minor renovations to public spaces at the School of Medicine

La Tierra Sagrada Society was established in 1996 by Dr. Roth.   The Society's mission is to promote the excellence of the UNM School of Medicine within the community, and to provide financial assistance, fellowship and volunteerism through membership for the school's educational, research and healing initiatives. The society has over 65 members, and hopes to increase membership to 100 by June 2004.


Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322