The Friedman-Bowen Primary Care Scholarship Fund Grants 

The Friedman-Bowen Primary Care Scholarship Fund was established through a generous gift to Juan Bowen, MD, from Susanne Cobey to honor the lifetime work of her late husband Barry Friedman, MD.

The MMA Foundation awards Friedman-Bowen Primary Care Scholarship Fund grants each year to spark interest in primary care as a career and to encourage the capabilities of medical students by providing support for student-initiated and student-designed projects that show promise to improve the knowledge or practice of primary care.


Dr. Friedman, a highly-regarded teacher of medical students and residents, dedicated his career to supporting and encouraging medical trainees’ interest and capability to build life-long patient relationships through primary care. 

To honor that legacy and spark interest in primary care as a career, the Friedman-Bowen Primary Care Scholarship Fund grants are available to students in good academic standing who are: 

  1. Currently enrolled on a full-time basis in medical school at the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine or the University of Minnesota School of Medicine – Duluth or Twin Cities campuses
  2. Intend to pursue a career in primary care

Eligible candidates can apply during any year of their education.

How to Apply

Medical students interested in applying for a Friedman-Bowen Primary Care Scholarship Fund grant can learn more about the proposal process, deadlines, and funding available by downloading these documents:

For information about this year's scholarship deadline, contact the MMA Foundation.

Late applications will not be considered.

Barry Friedman, MD & Juan Bowen, MD


Juan Bowen, MD & Barry Friedman, MD

Barry Friedman, MD

Barry Marvin Friedman (1946 – 2016) was an inspirational teacher of internal medicine at The Ohio State University. Known for his dedicated service to patients and for his clinical ability, Friedman inspired many students and residents to follow in his footsteps in primary care internal medicine.

Juan Bowen, MD

Juan Bowen, MD is a primary care general internist in the Division of Community Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic. A graduate of the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and The Ohio State University Internal Medicine Residency, he teaches medical students and internal medicine residents at the Mayo Clinic. His relationship with Dr. Friedman was initially as a trainee and later as a colleague and close friend.