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Leadership Opportunities

National Medical Fellowships (NMF)

The NMF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the number of underrepresented minority physicians and other healthcare professionals, offers several scholarship and leadership programs. Two such programs include:

Check out the NMF Website for more information about these two programs and others.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is excited to announce our call for applications for four national leadership development programs—multi-year experiences that provide high-level learning, collaboration across sectors, mentoring and funding. Applications are due in February or March 2017, depending on the program.

  • Health Policy Research Scholars: builds equity by investing in first- and second-year doctoral scholars from underrepresented populations and/or disadvantaged backgrounds whose research, connections, and leadership will inform and influence policy toward a Culture of Health.
  • Interdisciplinary Research Leaders: equips teams of researchers and community partners, including nonprofit or government professionals, organizers and advocates, with advanced leadership skills and a clear focus on health and equity, allowing them to apply research to meet the pressing community needs.
  • Culture of Health Leaders: supports people who are interested in applying their expertise—no matter what they do—to help make our country healthier and more equitable.
  • Clinical Scholars: prepares and supports small teams of clinicians, from a range of disciplines, to lead transformative change—centered on health equity—in their communities.

MS4 Electives

University of Chicago Minority Visiting Clerkship

The Minority Visiting Clerkship Program (MVCP) is co-sponsored by the University of Chicago Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, and the Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics and Surgery as a supplement to our regular Visiting Clerkship Program. This competitive program provides mentoring, networking, and stipend support for fourth-year students participating in the Visiting Clerkship Program. Clerkships are four to five weeks in length, or for a full calendar month. The program will pay a $1,000 stipend to MVCP students to support costs associated with participation. Clerkships are available in Pediatrics, and Medical and Surgical Subspecialties. Applicants must submit all required items through VSAS in addition to completing the MVCP student application. For full details visit the Pritzker MVCP Website. 

Yale Pediatrics Minority Visiting Elective Program

The Yale Pediatric Residency Program and the Department of Pediatrics at the Yale School of Medicine are committed to building a diverse workforce of future pediatricians who are ready to serve the needs of all children. To this end, we have established the Yale Pediatrics Minority Visiting Elective Program, a four-week, funded externship for fourth year medical students in US medical schools from races and ethnicities underrepresented in medicine (URM). URM is currently defined based on U.S. population demographics as Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American/Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. Our program includes a four-week clinical rotation (elective or sub-internship) as well as full participation in residency program didactic learning experiences. Visiting students also will engage in weekly meetings with a member of the Yale Pediatric Residency Program Leadership Team to receive career mentoring.
The greater New Haven area is home to an extraordinarily diverse pediatric patient population. It also boasts rich cultural offerings and wonderful outdoor recreation activities. The Yale Pediatrics Minority Visiting Elective Program provides a $1500 stipend to offset the costs of elective registration, travel and housing in the New Haven area.
Please click here to access the application for the Yale Pediatrics Minority Visiting Elective Program.
Applicants also must complete the VSAS application at https://services.aamc.org/20/vsas/ and are encouraged to apply to multiple options and rotation dates. Applications will be accepted through May 30, 2017.
Please contact Dr. Andrea Asnes at  with any questions you may have about the Yale Pediatrics Minority Visiting Elective Program.

University of Cinncinnati College of Medicine – Pediatrics

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and the Pediatric Residency Program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center are collaborating to offer a 4th year visiting clerkship to students traditionally underrepresented in medicine. A stipend up to $1,500 will be awarded to up to 12 students from July through October. Please see the UCCOM Pediatric Clerkship Flyer for more information. 

LSU Emergency Medicine

The LSUHSC New Orleans Division of Emergency Medicine in partnership with the School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity & Community Engagement is pleased to announce a 4th year visiting clerkship for students from communities which are underrepresented in medicine. Travel stipend support for travel to New Orleans will be provided along with Housing.  Please see the application below and please visit the Emergency Division Website for more information: http://www.nolaem.com/program/students.

Minority Senior Scholarship Program – Children’s National, Washington D.C.

Why Minority Senior Scholarship Program (MSSP)? Physician racial and ethnic diversity is one important method of addressing child health disparities, cultural sensitivity, and institutional excellence. MSSP addresses the need to enhance the diversity of academic pediatricians nationwide through early exposure of senior medical students from underrepresented in minorities in medicine (URMM) to careers in academic pediatrics. We aim to support students in enhancing and achieving their visions for their careers. MSSP is currently focused on enhancing provider diversity of the following groups based on U.S. and local population demographics: Black/ African-American, Hispanic/ Latino, Native American/ Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander. About Our Program. Students from URMM from around the country join us for a month of career-building opportunities including: Immersion in a pediatric clinical experience; special sessions preparing students to address their career goals; faculty and resident mentors, and networking. A stipend is offered to offset the cost of travel and housing and the elective fee for students from unaffiliated institutions is waived. How to apply? Visit our website (www.childrensnational.org/mssp) for more details or go directly to our online application. Applications are due by April 30, 2017. Applicants must be in good standing at an LCME accredited medical school and have completed core clinical clerkships with passing grades by the start of MSSP. Questions? Send an email to , or check out the FAQ page (MSSP FAQs 2017 PDF) and the Childrens National Minority Senior Scholarship Program Flyer.

Medical University of South Carolina

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) sponsors the MUSC Underrepresented in Medicine Visiting Student Program which provides financial support to 4th -year students attending a U.S. medical school who are from backgrounds that are underrepresented in medicine including Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American/Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. Our program includes a 4-week clinical rotation (elective or externship/sub-I) at MUSC, as well as a stipend to offset the costs of travel and housing in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina. Please click here to access more information on the MUSC Underrepresented in Medicine Visiting Student Program. Applicants must also complete the VSAS application at https://services.aamc.org/20/vsas and are encouraged to apply to multiple options and rotation dates. Applications will be reviewed beginning on May 1,2017.

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