For Medical Students


This page contains various kinds of resources for medical students of all years. We update this page frequently, particularly to showcase opportunities such as internships and summer research programs for first- and second-year medical students, as well as visiting clerkships and electives for rising fourth-year students. To navigate this page, please use the following links:

Special Notice – Apply Soon!

Dear LMSA,

Please see the detailed brochure regarding the upcoming 2018 Student Surgery Leadership Weekend at the University of Michigan. This year, the conference will have a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion, and the importance of promoting an equitable environment. I encourage you to share this information with your students who are applying to general, plastic, otolaryngology, vascular or cardiothoracic surgery and beginning residency in 2019.

Please note that funding for travel is available for some students, and that the application deadline is March 10, 2018. Acceptance notifications will be made on April 5, 2018. Please find the 2018 Student Surgery Leadership Weekend Application here.

Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Karla Robinson at .


David J. Brown, M.D.
Associate Vice President and Associate Dean for Health Equity and Inclusion
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

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Scholarships and Financial Aid

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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. For more information, check out the NMF Website for more information about the programs offered.

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 2018, depending on the program. All programs can be found here.

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MS4 Electives

University of Cincinatti

Date Updated: March 2018

For the 2nd year in a row, the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s will be hosting a minority visiting clerkship for several of our residency programs. We will offer a stipend for travel and housing up to $1,000. For more information, please see the application here.

Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Date Updated: March 2018

The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University is sponsoring a Diversity in Medicine Visiting Student Scholarship in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, and Pathology.
The Diversity in Medicine Visiting Student Scholarship is an opportunity for underrepresented (URM) students to participate in clinical electives in the Departments of Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, and Pathology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Participants will interact with residents and faculty and will receive mentorship from the members of the Brown Minority Housestaff Association (BMHA).

To apply, please follow this link and select specialty to find application.

Fourth year medical student in good academic standing at a U.S. accredited medical school. Student must have completed all core clerkships at their home institution.

$1000.00 for travel, housing and/or personal expenses.
Housing is available upon request and availability.

Any questions please email: .

University Hospitals David Satcher Clerkship

Date Updated: March 2018

The David Satcher Clerkship (University Hospitals, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine) hosts between 5 -10 underrepresented minority medical students annually, offering them hands-on exposure to career opportunities in academic medical careers. Clerkships are offered for a maximum of 4 weeks from July through November with flexibility of start and end dates as needed. Applicants are chosen through a competitive application process and must have completed all 3rd year Core Clerkships prior to participation.
As a David Satcher Clerk, students will be assigned an Academic and/or Research Mentor, a student liaison from SNMA or LMSA and as a unique feature, a Community mentor who will assist the student in learning and exploring the city of Cleveland during his/her stay. Students are assisted with finding housing as well as being provided with a stipend of $2500.00 to assist with travel, housing and any other expenses.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to begin the application process as soon as possible for a June 1st deadline.

For more information, please see the following advertisement.

Harvard Medical School

Date Updated: March 2018

The Visiting Clerkship Program (VCP), sponsored by the Minority Faculty Development Program (MFDP) of the Harvard Medical School (HMS) Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership, provides support for fourth-year and qualified third-year medical students from groups underrepresented in medicine (African-American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native) to participate in the HMS Exchange Clerkship Program.

Since VCP’s inception in 1990, more than 1,300 students from all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico and Canada have participated in the program. The Program is designed to increase medical student awareness of opportunities in academic medicine, to increase their consideration of an academic training program for internship and residency, and especially, to increase the number of minority students applying to HMS-affiliated hospital training programs.

We have enclosed VCP brochures (with monthly application deadline dates for 2018-2019 academic year) and flyers. The brochure provides details on eligibility requirements and financial assistance for applicants. We encourage prospective students to download our Training Directory, which describes each of the HMS teaching hospitals and research facilities, as well as summaries of training programs in each area of specialty.

Please help us reach out to interested students by posting or distributing the program materials. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 617-432-4422 or email the VCP office at .

UCSF Visiting Elective Scholarship Program

Date Updated: March 2018

We are pleased to announce the following program for senior medical student electives at UCSF. Please share the following news and brochure (attached) with your current 3rd year medical students!

The Visiting Elective Scholarship Program (VESP) is supported by the UCSF School of Medicine and by individual UCSF Departments. VESP was established to encourage fourth year medical students who are underrepresented in medicine (UIM) or are interested in working with underserved populations to apply for clinical electives in a number of different specialties at UCSF. The program provides financial assistance to awardees. The deadline is September 1st, 2018.

The scholarship program provides up to $2,000 and is designed to:

  • Expose fourth year medical students who are UIM or interested in working with underserved populations to our academic training programs
  • Promote student interest in applying to UCSF residency training programs
  • Provide faculty and housestaff mentorship during the clinical elective experience

For more information please visit our website here.

University of Pennsylvania/CHOP

Date Updated: March 2018

The Penn Visiting Clerkship for Students Underrepresented in Medicine is now accepting applications! We are excited to continue this program that invites rising 4th years the opportunity to spend a month at our University of Pennsylvania hospitals and at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as sub-interns or as elective students. They receive a faculty and/or resident mentor, participate fully in resident education, and have the opportunity to meet with Program Directors. They also receive a stipend to reimburse housing and travel. Attached please find general information about the Clerkship.
The application can be accessed by visiting on the Recruitment page. Or you can share this link to the application with your students: Penn Visiting Clerkship 2018

Rotations are available in the following specialties:

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Internal Medicine
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Pediatrics
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiology
  • Urology

All application materials are due by Friday, May 4th (except for our Emergency Medicine rotation – due April 9th) and we hope to have acceptances out to students by the first week of June at the latest. Thank you so much for your help in sharing this information with your students! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Jessica Fowler, .

Christiana Care Health System

Date Updated: March 2018

Christiana Care Health System is pleased to announce its Visiting Clerkship Program for 4th year medical students underrepresented in medicine. This program is focused on students from allopathic schools with an interest in internal medicine, diagnostic radiology, family medicine or the dual family/emergency medicine programs. Please share the attached program descriptions as well as the supplemental application. Students must complete both the online UME application and the supplemental application to be considered for the clerkship program. Students not accepted into the clerkship program will still be considered in our regular rotations.

Children’s National Health System

Date Updated: February 2018

The Minority Senior Scholarship Program (MSSP) was established in 2015 to address the goal of enhancing the diversity of academic pediatricians through exposing senior medical students from races and ethnicities underrepresented in medicine (URM) to academic pediatrics. Through advanced clinical exposure, networking, mentoring, and special sessions, participants are armed with the resources and information needed to confidently make decisions regarding their future training and to better serve diverse populations of children.

Children’s National is uniquely situated to provide this perspective given its status as a quarternary care free standing children’s hospital serving Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, Maryland, areas of West Virginia, and many international patients. We serve a large, extremely diverse population and have significant community engagement through which to teach our trainees and contribute to child health.

For more information, read the following brochure and/or visit the program website here.

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Date Updated: January 2018

Sponsored by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s Center for Multicultural and
Community Affairs, VEPSUM Fellowship offers four-week electives at The Mount Sinai Health
System and its teaching affiliates in the Graduate Medical Education Consortium to a limited number of qualified 4th-year medical students who attend U.S. accredited medical schools and who are from groups underrepresented in medicine. VEPSUM is designed to increase diversity
in the house staff and subsequently the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and its affiliated institutions by helping talented minority medical students to gain access to electives in our programs. For more information, please contact Sherria McDowell, MPH, Senior Program Manager at or 212-241-8276. Additionally, please refer to the following advertisement or visit us on the web here.

Applications will be accepted through March 15, 2018.

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science

Date Updated: January 2018

The Visiting Medical Student Clerkship affords students a four-week rotation at one of the Mayo Clinic’s three locations. Visiting medical students become an active member of a multidisciplinary health care team. In addition, students attend teaching rounds, conferences, take patient histories, perform physical examinations, and assist with operating room and other procedures. Applications are accepted year-round. For more information, please visit the Mayo Clinic Visiting Medical Student Clerkship Program page here.

University of Iowa Jackson-Steindler Orthopedic Clerkship

Date Updated: December 2017

The University of Iowa Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the Jackson-Steindler Orthopedic Clerkship. One or two outstanding medical students who have successfully completed the third year of medical school at a LCME-accredited institution and who have an interest in orthopedics will be selected for this award. The award will include support for housing and travel. All applications materials should be received by April 1, 2018. Awardees will be notified no later than April 28, 2018. Please see the web site here for complete application instructions.

Diversity at MassGeneral Hospital for Children/Harvard Medical School

Date Updated: November 2017

Info to be added soon!

University of Chicago Minority Visiting Clerkship

Date Updated: TBA

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. 

UCLA Department of Pediatrics Visiting Elective Scholarship Program (VESP)

Date Updated: September 2017

On behalf of Lee Miller, Alan Chin and Deborah Lehman:

The UCLA Department of Pediatrics Visiting Elective Scholarship Program (VESP) provides financial support to senior U.S. medical students who self-identify as being members of groups which are underrepresented in medicine, and who are interested in applying to UCLA for a senior clinical elective. The goal of the program is to expose traditionally underrepresented senior medical students from institutions outside of the Los Angeles region to clinical training in our academic pediatrics program, and to learn more about the Pediatrics Residency Training Program at UCLA. Benefits of the program include…

  • Financial support for travel, housing and living expenses, up to $2,000 for each recipient.
  • A faculty mentor will be assigned to each scholarship awardee, with the expectation that the mentor and awardee will meet at least once during the course of the elective period to discuss residency training and other career opportunities at UCLA.
  • The program will host a networking event for scholarship recipients to meet residents and faculty from the UCLA Department of Pediatrics.
  • Additional meetings with UCLA faculty will be arranged at the request of the student. For example, students interested in Ph.D. training may wish to meet with Division Chairs in relevant areas of research.

Applications are being accepted now through October 2017 for electives in the June through December 2017 time window. For more information on the program and application requirements, please contact Stella Tripp at or visit our website here.

Yale Pediatrics Minority Visiting Elective Program

Date Updated: Early 2017 (2018 Info TBA)
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 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

Date Updated: TBA

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

Date Updated: TBA
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:

Medical University of South Carolina

Date Updated: Early 2017 (2018 Info TBA)

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 and are encouraged to apply to multiple options and rotation dates. Applications will be reviewed beginning on May 1,2017.

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