Visiting Elective Scholarship

 Upcoming Event! 


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For any questions regarding this event please contact Brittney Augerlavoie

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 ( for any questions.


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, 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 provides up to $2,000 and is 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 housestaff mentorship during the clinical elective experience

Clinical electives are four weeks in length and are available, space permitting, to U.S. visiting students. VESP participants are assigned a faculty advisor and have the opportunity to network with UCSF faculty, housestaff, and students. A diversity dinner with faculty and housestaff is held during each rotation. In addition, all participants are 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.

Because the 2020-2021 Virtual Visiting Elective Scholarship Program was such a success, some GME departments will be having a virtual program for 2021-2022.  If you wish to apply only for the virtual program, please fill out the qualtrics application below and we will notify you if there will be one.

Virtual VESP Online Application


  • 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
  • Student must be applying for a visiting elective based at one of the San Francisco Campuses (Electives at BCHO or Highland hospital do not count)
  • Requirements for the UCSF School of Medicine’s clinical electives must also be met. Please refer to VSAS for department-specific additional application requirements: UCSF VSAS Additional Requirements
  • If you are applying for a scholarship for electives in Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, or Radiology, please apply through the links below NOT HERE:
  • Completed VESP application which you can also fill out on the VSAS website when you apply for your elective. You can also refer to the website below to apply:
  • An official academic transcript from your school of medicine (electronic preferred)
  • Recent CV which you can upload directly on the Qualtrics website when you apply for the VESP
  • Letter of recommendation on official letterhead from a faculty member in your department of interest

VESP Online Application

**Please note: Students MUST also apply to the clinical elective program of their choice through the UCSF School of Medicine.  Students MUST apply to the VESP before their rotation begins in order to be considered.

Please refer to the link below for more info:

Visiting Student Program


Scholarships (up to $2,000 each*, to be used toward visiting student elective fees, transportation costs and lodging) will be awarded on the basis of:

  • 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
  • Academic achievement as indicated by transcripts, letter of recommendation, etc

(*Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis.  Funds are awarded upon completion of the elective. Receipts must be submitted for reimbursement.)

DEADLINE: August 1, 2021 (or sooner if scholarship funds run out)


For further information, please contact:
Eddie Cruz-Romero, MD MPH
VESP Director