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The ACMS Foundation was started in 2010. Its funding priorities are activities which:
ACMS FOUNDATION GRANTS
ACMS Foundation will accept grant applications throughout the year for local funding requests that provide direct health services, screening or education to residents of Idaho that are located in Ada or Elmore Counties. Organizations must be a designated 501(c)3 tax-exempt entity, operate under a board of directors, and maintain a physical presence in Idaho. Applications for funding must by sponsored by an Idaho licensed physician currently involved in the program as a volunteer, medical director or staff, and this physician must be an active dues-paying member of Ada County Medical Society.
Some grantees awarded funds since 2010 include:
The current number one priority for our foundation in is helping fund this ACMS safety-net program for physician wellness. This provides no-cost counseling to deal with the stresses of a medical career and regular life challenges.
Since late 2016, over $86,000 worth of counseling care has been provided to 160 members through this program.
Our newest fund was created in 2019 to assist currently enrolled medical students and medical residents training in Ada County who face unforeseen financial emergencies or catastrophic events. This assistance gift is not meant to replace scholarships or loans, for routine expenses, nor as a consistent supplement to a student’s education funding sources. It is intended to help an individual over a brief period of financial crisis to bridge a gap in funding.
HIGH SCHOOL PHYSICALS
Historically, the ACMS Foundation has worked together with high school athletic directors and trainers to host the Annual High School Sports Physicals program. These pre-participation sports exams are for area student athletes in their freshman and junior years. More than 100 member physicians, PAs, and NPs and other volunteers provide this service, which is held held in various schools around the county. ACMS helps recruit volunteers and provide some funding for logistics.
In 2019, just under 1200 exams were performed and raised $23,900 for local high schools athletic training programs.
In 2020, the physicals had to be cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns and we are currently uncertain how ACMS should be involved in the future.
Prior to the Foundation's establishment in 2010, the ACMS Auxiliary (i.e. physician wives) established and maintained scholarship funds at Boise State University which still provide annual support to students:
DONORS SINCE 2018