Visiting Elective Scholarship

Visiting Student Program 2021 - 2022 Update

UCSF is still deciding whether we will have in-person VESP for the 2021 - 2022 Cycle and will be following guidelines set by The Coalition for Physician Accountability’s Work Group on Medical Students Moving Across Institutions for Post Graduate Training. There will be virtual opportunities.

Please note the following program dates, which are subject to change or cancellation:

  • Away Rotations would resume the month of August 2021
  • Learners may begin applying after April 15, 2021
  • We will not be accepting applicants until after May 1, 2021

The dates above and the reopening the Visiting Program are all subject to change or be cancelled depending on the pandemic and final recommendations by the Coalition; further updates will be forthcoming.

Because the UCSF Visiting Program re-opening is pending final recommendations by the Coalition, the Visiting Elective Program (VESP) will be subject to the same recommendations. Regardless, there will be some virtual VESP opportunities available.  Please return to this page to check for VESP updates.

Please stay tuned on this webpage for more details. Contact Dr. Eddie Cruz-Romero ([email protected]) for any questions.

What is the Visiting Elective Scholarship Program?:

The Visiting Elective Scholarship Program supported by the UCSF School of Medicine was established to encourage fourth year medical students who are underrepresented in medicine (UIM), who are committed to working with underserved populations, or who are interested in working with issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion to apply for a clinical elective at UCSF. The scholarship program was designed to:

  • Expose fourth year medical students who are underrepresented in medicine, committed in working with underserved populations, or interested in working with issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion to an academic training program
  • Promote student interest in applying to an academic residency training program
  • Provide faculty and trainee mentorship during the clinical elective experience

VESP participants were assigned a faculty advisor and have the opportunity to network with UCSF faculty, trainees, and students. A diversity dinner with faculty and trainees were held during each rotation. In addition, all participants were invited and encouraged to attend various seminars and lectures including those offered by the UCSF Office of Diversity and Outreach and the UCSF Multicultural Resource Center. Unfortunately, due to the restrictions on travel and sub-internships, UCSF GME Diversity will not be able to offer this same type of experience this year. Nonetheless, we are committed to replicating components of the VESP virtually so that we can make meaningful connections with UIM students across the country.


Moving Forward, GME Diversity 1st Look:
Since the Visiting Elective Program has been suspended for 2020-2021, UCSF GME Diversity is dedicated to continuing mentorship opportunities for UIM and disadvantaged 4th year medical students. Moving forward GME Diversity will be launching its first part of our two part program called GME Diversity 1st Look, this virtual program will take the place of our Visiting Elective Student Program (VESP). The goals are three-fold::

  • Introduce interested UIM 4th year medical students from across the country to UCSF's diversity, equity, and inclusion mission
  • Expose students to UCSF GME programs and their communities
  • Provide mentorship opportunities with UCSF leadership from the students program of interest via an application process 


  • Fourth year U.S. medical students who are underrepresented in medicine, committed to working with underserved populations, or are interested in working with issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion are encouraged to apply
  • Only students enrolled at an affiliated LCME-accredited institution or COCA-accredited AACOM member institution may apply**
  • UCSF does not accept international students for clinical experiences
  • Student must be in good academic standing at an accredited US medical school

If you are applying for a scholarship for electives in Emergency Medicine or General Surgery, please apply through the links below NOT HERE:


  • Compete the VESP application 
  • Recent CV (which you can upload directly in the VESP application)
  • DEI essay (which will be submitted via the VESP application)

Please refer to the Visiting Student Program Website for more info


  • Interest in pursuing a career in academic medicine
  • Interest in working with underserved populations
  • Commitment to issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Leadership
  • Community service


DEADLINE: August 30, 2020 by midnight (12:00am PDT)


The GME Diversity 1st Look Committee is chaired by:

Eddie Cruz, MD, MPH, Director of VESP

Sara Whetstone, MD

Michelle Guy, MD

Erick Hung, MD

Peter Ureste, MD

Maura Jones, MD