A commitment to education and supporting the community is a core value at My Vaccine Lawyer. In addition to our pro bono and philanthropic efforts, our firm values education and understands that obtaining an education is the pathway to success for many students.
As attorneys, we all have earned both undergraduate degrees as well as successfully completed a rigorous three-year Juris Doctorate before being eligible to sit for the Bar Exam. Through these experiences, we have come to understand the financial burdens associated with obtaining an education beyond high school, which is why we are pleased to announce that we will be awarding a bi-annual $2,000 education scholarship to the winners of our essay contest. By creating this award, we hope to help the next generation of students realize their educational and professional goals. In order to be considered for our $2,000 scholarship, applicants must submit a 1,000-word essay answering the question below for the designated deadline.
The My Vaccine Lawyer higher education scholarship is open to individuals who are currently attending or are planning to attend an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada for undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate studies. The essay question for Spring 2020 will be announced on January 6, 2020.
Deadlines for application: December 13, 2019
Applicants must submit a 1,000-word essay answering the question posed at the bottom of this page.
*There is one essay question for each deadline.
Applicants must also provide the following information:
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By submitting the application and essay response, applicants grant My Vaccine Lawyer permission to publish the winning essay on its website and social media profiles, including Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. The winner will be identified by first name only.
The Dangers of Medical Devices in the United States
The Food and Drug Administration has been responsible for regulating the approval process for medical devices in the U.S. since 1976. The traditional process of approval requires each device to go through a series of testing and pre-market measures to ensure its safety in humans, similar to the prescription drug process. However, as thousands of devices are brought to market each year along with updates to previous models, the cost of testing and pre-market trials can be extremely costly to manufacturers.
To avoid putting a medical device through the gamut of pre-marketing testing all over again, the FDA created a provision in the approval process called the 510(k) pathway in which a manufacturer can obtain a shortened process of approval if their device is similar to a model before it. Since its creation, the 510(k) has become a loophole for manufacturers to expedite their products and devices to market without proper testing.
In November of 2018, the FDA announced a plan to overhaul the 510k approval process for medical devices. If you were responsible for creating and implementing this change at the FDA, what would you propose?